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Department of Psychology

Course Requirements

School Program Course Requirements

The School Psychology Training Program Committee has designed the Ph.D. curriculum in accord with various requirements of licensing and national credentialing agencies.  

The curriculum is comprised of four basic areas: (I) School Psychology core courses, (II) General Psychology core courses, (III) Education Electives, and (IV) Psychology Electives.

Requirements for the Doctoral degree include:
  • Required coursework (78-81 hours, as specified below)
    Dissertation credit (12 hours)
  • Internship credit (2 hours)
  • Doctoral Program of Study
  • Admission to doctoral candidacy
  • Successful completion of the written comprehensive exam
  • Successful completion of the oral comprehensive exam
  • Successful completion of the dissertation and defense
  • Internship

Didactic Courses: (Some didactic courses involve practicum components)
           PSYC 714       Psychoeducational Assessment of Children I
           PSYC 715       Psychoeducational Assessment of Children II
           PSYC 716       Psychoeducational Assessment of Children III
           PSYC 742       Theory and Practice of Mental Health Consultation I
           PSYC 746       Systems Applications in Psychological Services
           PSYC 841A     Introduction to Psychosocial Intervention
           PSYC 832A     Introduction to School Psychology
           PSYC 840       Seminar in Professional School Psychology
           PSYC 850       Academic Intervention
           PSYC 701       Behavioral Assessment and Intervention with Children/Youth

Practica and Internship:
           PSYC 832B     Practicum in School Psychology (2 semesters)
           PSYC 832C     Practicum in School Psychology (2 semesters)
           PSYC 865        Internship in School Psychology [1 hour each semester]

Statistics (6 hours):
            PSYC 709      Quantitative Methods in the Analysis of Behavioral Data I
            PSYC 710      Quantitative Methods in the Analysis of Behavioral Data II

 Research (3 hours plus master’s thesis and dissertation):
            PSYC 772       Research Approaches to Human Behavior
            EDRM 700      Introduction to Research in Education
            PSYC 799       Thesis Preparation (6 credits)
            PSYC 899       Doctoral Research and Dissertation Preparation (12 hours)

Learning/Cognition (2-3 hours):
            PSYC 711       Survey of Learning and Conditioning
            PSYC 702B     Foundations of Cognitive Psychology
            PSYC 702D     Basics of Learning & Motivation
            EDPY 741       Basic Processes: Cognition

Psychopathology (3 hours):
            PSYC 726       General Psychopathology
            PSYC 721       Developmental Psychopathology

Social/Organizational/Cultural (3 hours):
            PSYC 745       Organizational Behavior
            PSYC 770       Survey of Social Psychology
            PSYC 860       Families and Diversity
            MGMT 770      Organization Behavior
            WGST 705      Race, Class, Gender, and Sex (cross-listed w/ PSYC 751)

Physiological/Neuropsychological (2-3 hours):
            PSYC 507       Cognitive Neuroscience (School section only)
            PSYC 702A    Foundations of Neuroscience

Developmental (2-3 hours):
            PSYC 702C    Foundations of Developmental Psychology
            EDPY 705       Human Growth and Development
            EDPY 707       Growth and Development in Children and Adolescents
            EDPY 805       Contemporary Research in Human Development and Education

History and Systems (3 hours)
            PSYC 524       History and Systems in Psychology
            PSYC 705       Psychological Systems and Theories
            May be satisfied by enrollment in Psychology 840

Six (6) hours are required in education. Courses in the areas of school law, curriculum, school administration, and remedial methods are recommended.

At least one course in curriculum development is required for all students. Consult your advisor and certification requirements in states in which you wish to gain certification for specific courses.

Relevant courses are listed in Appendix D in the School Program Handbook. Students should consult the course schedule for the availability of courses each semester. 

Clinical Practicum Option
It is strongly recommended that students have at least one 3-hour clinical practicum experience. Courses that qualify for this option consist of (a) applied work in areas such as child and family therapy, psychotherapy, health psychology, or neuropsychology with (b) regular supervision by a psychology faculty member.  The purpose is to provide students with applied, supervised experience in a specialized area. The faculty supervisor must be qualified in the particular area of assessment/intervention.  Examples of practicum courses include:
            PSYC 841C    Adv Practicum in Psychological Assessment/Intervention
            PSYC 782       Child and Family Therapy Practicum
            PSYC 784       Clinical Health Psychology Practicum
            PSYC 830       Advanced Practicum in Child and Family Therapy

Quantitative Psychology Electives
Statistical course requirements are minimal. It is strongly recommended that students take one or more advanced quantitative courses (e.g., HLM, SEM, multivariate) beyond program requirement to further their research skills within their chosen specialty area.


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