Advanced PsyD in School Psychology

Fairleigh Dickinson University's Advanced PsyD program in School Psychology is an innovative, applied professional psychology program that leads to the Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD) 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 PsyD 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

Applications for admission should be submitted no later than March 1.

Applicants to the Advanced PsyD 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 online application form through the psychology common application, PsyCAS. The Apply Now page will direct you to the PsyCAS site.

  • Transcripts from all academic institutions previously attended.
  • Your official Praxis score report, with a score that demonstrates that you met or exceeded the NCSP cutoff score at the time of adminsration.
  • 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 PsyD 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 (with continued enrollment until completion of dissertation and internship)

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

Internships for PsyD in School Psychology

Students will be required to participate in a full-time clinical internship approved by the faculty. The internship may begin in the Third Year Fall semester and may continue through Spring and Summer Semester.

Candidates in FDU's PsyD in psychology have been very successful in obtaining competitive internship positions at schools and health institutes in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, as well as in other parts of the country. Recent placements in internships have included the following institutions:

FAQs for the Advanced PsyD in School Psychology

How long does it take to complete the degree?

The PsyD is 54 credits that typically takes three to four years to complete. There are two years of academic coursework (which include summer sessions) followed by a one-year internship. Students must also successfully complete a Comprehensive Examination as well as complete a dissertation.

Must I already be certified as a School Psychologist?

Yes. Because our program builds upon, and utilizes, the experiences of a school psychologist, the minimum requirement for acceptance is the possession of valid state certification as a school psychologist.

Must I be working as a school psychologist?

Yes. You must have at least one year of experience beyond internship.

Can I transfer any credit into the program?

Usually not, since all credits awarded for the master's/certification are "accepted" as a prerequisite to the program. All students must complete the 54 credits outlined for the program.

Are all the classes taught in the evening?

Yes. The earliest class typically begins at 4 PM. Classes are scheduled in such a way that students can usually expect to be on campus two evenings a week. Typically one night would have two classes while the second night would have one class. There are some additional time commitments (Advanced Clinic Practicum) during the second year that may require additional hours on campus.

Are classes taught in the summer?

Yes. Each summer two classes are scheduled. They are typically scheduled to run over the first and second summer sessions so that all students are off during the month of August.

Must I write a dissertation?

Yes. All students, working with a mentor and a dissertation committee, are required to research and write a dissertation.

If I am working, can I keep my job as my internship site?

Yes. However, explicit conditions need to be met including a change in at least 50% of your current role and function, and provisional supervision by a licensed psychologist. There is no clear answer to this question, since it can only be determined on an individual basis.

PsyD Program Outcomes

The School Psychology Programs (MA-Cert and PsyD) adhere to the recommended APA and NASP guidelines and objectives with specifically developed assessments corresponding to the specified objectives.

  1. Students will obtain and apply knowledge of varied models and methods of assessment that can be used to identify strengths and needs in understanding problems and monitoring progress.
  2. Students will obtain and apply knowledge of behavioral, mental health and collaborative consultation.
  3. Students will obtain knowledge of human learning processes and differential learning needs together with the implementation of appropriate strategies addressing strengths and needs of students.
  4. Students will obtain knowledge of human development process, to assess the process and to provide direct and indirect services appropriate to presenting needs.
  5. Students will obtain knowledge of individual differences and the development of cultural competence, recognizing the importance of context on academic health and mental health of individuals.
  6. Students will obtain knowledge of general education, special education and related services and to understand schools as complex social systems.
  7. Students will obtain knowledge of and to implement evidence based services for prevention, crisis intervention and psychological intervention to promote mental health and physical well-being of students.
  8. Students will attain knowledge of research, statistics and evaluation methods and a demonstration of the application of those skills.
  9. Students will obtain knowledge and demonstrate in practice the best practices of the profession of school psychology including ethical, legal and professional standards and engaging in practices reflecting social justice and cultural competence.