School-Clinical Child Psychology, PsyD

  • New York City

The PsyD in School-Clinical Child Psychology is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) as a combined school-clinical program and by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Be a School-Clinical Child Psychologist

The PsyD program in School-Clinical Child Psychology prepares graduates to be professional psychologists as health service providers with expertise in school and clinical psychology in the context of evidence-based practice. You will be uniquely prepared to provide clinical and educational expertise and consultation within school and clinical settings in order to best serve children and families across a variety of systems of service delivery. The program utilizes a practitioner-scholar training model that prepares psychologists to provide primarily direct and, to some extent, indirect services from a variety of theoretical perspectives. This program is STEM designated, which means you will be trained in areas of technology that are in high demand with United States employers. International students studying in person on student visas will be eligible for an Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension of 24 months, for a total of 36 months.

A Well-Rounded Model

  • Follow a practitioner-scholar training model, integrating academic coursework and field experience.
  • Prepare to develop, provide, supervise, and research a full range of evidence-based psychological services.
  • Train in psychological foundations, assessment and evaluation techniques, remediation and intervention procedures, and program evaluation and research.

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The PsyD program carefully and sequentially develops competencies through an integrated framework that interweaves scientific and professional coursework with practicum and other fieldwork experiences.

“I gained such a well-rounded training because of the PsyD Program….Pace helped me be ready.” —Kenji Takeda ’18, PsyD

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Professional Preparation

Although research methodology and theoretical academic subjects are essential parts of the PsyD program in School-Clinical Child Psychology, curriculum emphasizes professional preparation in the delivery of psychological services. Comprehensive field training includes three years of on-site supervised practicum experience through Pace University’s Thomas J. McShane Center for Psychological Services, four years of supervised fieldwork experience, and a distributed internship.

Interested in working with children in a bilingual setting? If you’re a bilingual student enrolled in the PsyD program in School-Clinical Child Psychology, you may be eligible to complete additional training that will enable you to provide school psychological services in both monolingual and bilingual settings. A bilingual specialization requires additional coursework and practicum experiences that provide integrated training in bilingual language development and disorders, and you’ll be eligible for the Bilingual Education Extension to the New York State teaching certificate in School Psychology.

“We blend and integrate school and clinical psychology.” —Barbara Mowder, PhD, Former Director of PsyD Program

Choose Your Career

Your PsyD in School-Clinical Child Psychology will get you where you want to go—and give you the ability to work in schools, clinical settings, or have your own practice.

Career Options

Career options for graduates of the PsyD School-Clinical Child Psychology include working as a certified school psychologist and/or licensed psychologist.

Graduates are Employed

Graduates from the PsyD in School-Clinical Child Psychology work in public or private school settings, clinical or psychiatric settings (e.g., mental health agencies, clinics), as well as private practice.

Pace students are “able to work with difficult and complex cases.” —Athena Drewes ’92, PsyD; Director of Clinical Training, Astor Services.



of PsyD program graduates are licensed psychologists, and non-licensed graduates are certified school psychologists

5.41 years

Mean time to degree completion (2020–2021)


of graduates are employed as psychologists (Source: Pace University Career Services)

What You Need to Know

You may undertake the program on a full or part-time basis, but the program must be completed within 10 years. Class hours permit fieldwork and generally allow for limited part-time employment in the first four years of study. A minimum of three years of residency at Pace University is required, including one year of full-time study. Admission is open to qualified holders of a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree from an accredited institution. The admissions deadline is January 1.