Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in School Psychology
School psychology is a challenging and rewarding specialty for which there is unprecedented need and demand. School psychologists apply advanced expertise in education, human development, and personal-social relationships—along with sensitivity and respect for others—in serving children, families, schools and communities.
This program prepares practitioners to assume leadership roles in the educational field, with an emphasis on the delivery of mental health services in schools and the as well as development of advanced level practice skills. The program is designed to enable practicing school psychologists to pursue doctoral level training in psychology while continuing to work in their school positions, with a significant amount of the coursework offered in the late afternoons and evenings, and during the summer months.
Program Philosophy and Model
The MSPP School Psychology PsyD Program prepares professional school psychologists through rigorous academic study integrated with intensive supervised clinical practice. Consistent with our professional model, we stress core values of experiential education, social responsibility and personal growth. Central to these core values is commitment to and respect for all aspects of diversity. Students will:
- Gain specialized and advanced skills and knowledge in order to function more effectively as providers of evidence-based school psychological services leading to positive educational outcomes;
- Develop leadership skills necessary to assume a systems perspective, function as change agents, and practice the comprehensive role of the school psychologist;
- Engage in personal growth using self-reflection and commitment to professional integrity.
The PsyD in School Psychology provides advanced training, the opportunity to develop areas of specialized expertise, an increased capacity to supervise other professionals, and expanded opportunity to teach and conduct research in higher education. In addition, it may qualify an individual to practice independently as a psychologist.