Psy.D. Program in School Psychology


The School of Psychology offers two tracks for the school psychology doctoral degree: a five year full-time program for applicants with a bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field and an advanced program for those who already have a master’s degree and the certification in school psychology.
School Psychology (Five-year Psy.D.)

The five-year school psychology doctoral program is an integration of theoretical and foundational knowledge and applied professional training for those committed to working with children and adolescents in schools and school-related settings. Graduates of the program also serve in leadership roles as well as in academic settings. The program prepares students for certification in school psychology and eligibility for licensure as a psychologist.

            The program is a full-time program. Stipends supporting half tuition are available for highly qualified students. The granting of a tuition stipend requires a commitment of 12 hours per week as a research assistant. Classroom experiences are integrated with field-based experiences in a multitude of settings, beginning in the first semester of study. Classes are held in late afternoon and evening, providing ample opportunity for practicum and research. The program’s electric orientation and wide range of course work provides education in research, consultation, assessment, prevention, program evaluation, neuropsychology and psychopharmacology. There are opportunities for students to work closely with program faculty to develop specialized areas of interest and research. During their fourth year of study, students are expected to complete a doctoral dissertation in an area relevant to school psychology. Students are also expected to successfully complete a comprehensive examination and the PRAXIS exam in school psychology.

            The program culminates in a yearlong internship in a school or related clinical setting. Students are encouraged to apply for APA-approved internships.

            This program is offered under the auspices of the School of Psychology, University College: Arts . Sciences . Professional Studies, Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, New Jersey.   

Admission Requirements and Information

To apply for the five-year Psy.D. in school psychology program, call or write to the

School of Psychology,
Fairleigh Dickinson University,
1000 River Road,
Teaneck, N.J., 07666-1914,
Voice: (201) 692-2301.

            Applications for admission to the five year program should be submitted no later than February 15. Applications received after that date will be considered on a space-available basis only. Should an individual not yet be qualified for the Psy.D. Program, that application will automatically be reviewed for the M.A. plus certification program.

            Applicants to the five-year Psy.D. Program should hold an undergraduate degree in psychology or related field with at least 18 credits in psychology beyond general psychology. Graduate courses taken at other institutions will be evaluated for transfer credit by the program faculty.

Applicants to the program must submit:
  • A completed Application for Admission.
  • Transcripts from all academic institutions previously attended.
  • Official report of Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores for the General Test and the Subject Test in Psychology.
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional references.
  • A statement of professional interests and goals.

Applicants will be selected, for a personal interview, based on credential review.

Requirements for the Psy.D. Degree ( Five-year Program)

1st Semester

PSYC6111     Theories of Personality
PSYC6121     Statistics and Professional Methods
PSYC6651     Ethics and Professional Practice in School and School Psychology
PSYC7819     Introduction to School Learning Problems I

Practicum in Schools I

2nd Semester

PSYC6115     Child Psychopathology
PSYC6129     Research Methods and Psychometrics
PSYC7124     Developmental Child and Adolescent Psychology
PSYC7820     Introduction to School Learning Problems II

Practicum in School II

3rd Semester

EDUC6743     Introduction to Students with Learning Disabilities in School And Community
PSYC7615     Child Assessment I with Practicum
PSYC7815     Child Assessment with Practicum
PSYC8910     School-based Consultation with Practicum

Practicum in Schools III

4th Semester

PSYC7125     Applied Social Psychology
PSYC7825     Child Neuropsychology
PSYC8725     Prevention and Intervention with Children and Adolescents
PSYC8815     Child Assessment III with Practicum

Practicum in Schools IV

Summer Session

PSYC8128     Psychopharmacology

5th Semester

PSYC8130     Pediatric Psychology
PSYC6116     History and Systems
PSYC7145     Issue and Techniques in Research and Evaluation
PSYC8720     Seminar in Child Adolescent Assessment
PSYC9175     Field-Based Externship (Practicum V)

6th Semester

PSYC7146     Issues and Techniques in Research and Evaluation II
PSYC8721     Seminar in Child Adolescent Interventions
PSYC8951     Administration and Supervision
PSYC8930     Advanced Consultation
PSYC9176     Field-Based Externships (Practicum VI)

Summer Session

PSYC7133     Learning, Cognition and Emotion

7th & 8th Semester

PSYC8112     Dissertation Seminar
PSYC9150     Internship Seminar

PRAXIS exam must be taken prior to graduation.
*Students may choose to postpone internship seminar until the 5th year. The 4th year may be used for dissertation with the goal of dissertation completion prior to or in conjunction with internship
Advanced Psy.D. School Psychology
Fairleigh Dickinson University's Advanced Psy.D. program in School Psychology is an innovative, applied professional psychology program that leads to the Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree.

The program's emphasis is on providing students with practical skills directly applicable to their daily work with children, youth and families. Established in the fall of 1997, the program builds upon the master's degree training and experiences of each student. Its goal is to prepare professionals who will be leaders in the design, evaluation, provision and supervision of comprehensive mental health and psychoeducational services to children, youth and families.
 
The program prepares students for eligibility for licensure for independent practice. Graduates are able to practice in a wide variety of settings, including schools, mental health clinics, child and family agencies, pediatric hospitals, vocational and rehabilitation agencies, educational programs in business and industry, juvenile justice facilities, colleges and universities, and private practice.

This is a year-round, full-time program. However students are able to both work and pursue the degree, since classes are held in late afternoons and evenings. The vast majority of Psy.D. students work as full time school psychologists in schools in close geographical distance to FDU. Individuals entering the program with school psychology certification typically complete the course work portion of the program in two years (including summer sessions).  

After completing the required course work, students complete a doctoral dissertation, which may be in the form of an original applied clinical investigation, program evaluation, case study, meta-analysis, or validation of a test or clinical procedure.

The program culminates in a year-long internship that can be arranged in a variety of educational and behavioral health care settings that meet the standards set forth by the APA, National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology and Council of Directors of School of Psychology Programs. Students also are encouraged to apply for American Psychological Association (APA) - approved internships.
Admission Requirements and Information

To apply for the Advanced Psy.D. in school psychology program, call (201) 692-2301 for an application. Applications for admission should be submitted no later than March 1. Applications received after that date will be considered  only on a space-available basis.

            Applicants to the Advanced Psy.D. in school psychology program should hold a master’s degree and certification as a school psychologist. Candidates who are not certified school psychologists will be required to take the necessary course work and field experience to obtain certification prior to admittance into the doctoral program.

Applicants to the program must submit:
  • A completed Application for Admission.
  • Transcripts from all academic institutions previously attended.
  • Official report of Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores for the General Test and the Subject Test in Psychology, and/or scores of the PRAXIS in School Psychology.
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional references.
  • A statement of professional goals.
  • A representative work sample of current professional skills (e.g., psychological testing report, consultation or therapy summary, etc.).

After credentials review applicants will be selected for an in person interview.

Transfer of graduate credits to this program is handled individually by the program director.

Requirements for the Advanced Psy.D. Degree

Year I

Fall Semester

PSYC7145     Issues and techniques in research and Evaluation I
PSYC7651     Seminar in Professional School Psychology Practice and Ethics
PSYC8720     Seminar on Child/Adolescent Assessment

Spring Semester

PSYC7146     Issues and Techniques in Research and Evaluation II
PSYC8721     Seminar in Child/Adolescent Intervention
PSYC8930     Advanced Consultation in School Psychology

Summer Semester

PSYC8128     Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
PSYC8131     Special Topics in School Psychology

Year II

Fall Semester

PSYC6116     History and Systems
PSYC8130     Pediatric Psychology
PSYC9125     Advanced Clinic Practicium I

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

Spring Semester

PSYC8112     School Psychology: Dissertation Seminar 
PSYC8951     Administration and Supervision in School Psychology
PSYC9126     Advanced Practicum II 

Summer Semester

PSYC8110     School Psychology: Dissertation 
PSYC8140     Seminar in School Change: Evaluating Effectiveness

Year III

Fall Semester

PSYC9115     School Psychology: Dissertation Maintenance
PSYC9150     School Psychology: Internship

Spring Semester

PSYC9115     School Psychology: Dissertation Maintenance
PSYC9150     School Psychology: Internship (School Psychology)

Summer Semester

PSYC9152     School Psychology: Internship Maintenance