School Psychology, PhD

  • New York City

Striving for excellence as a professional training program, it is fully intended that this new PhD Program will attain contingent-APA accreditation status, and ultimately, full APA accreditation status.

Promote Childhood and Adolescent Development

With a PhD in School Psychology, you’ll be ready to address educational and developmental problems bearing upon school achievement, adjustment, specific disabilities/disorders, chronic or acute situations or conditions that influence learning or mental health, school crises, and difficult social conditions that influence development. You’ll also develop skills to carry out research and to professionally communicate research findings. On graduation, you will be eligible to apply for New York State certification in School Psychology and to sit for the New York State Licensing Examination for the professional practice of psychology.

Rigorous Preparation

  • Train to provide a range of psychological services such as assessment and evaluation, health promotion, intervention, prevention, and program development and evaluation services—with a special focus on the developmental processes of children and youth.
  • Develop and implement research methods that are pertinent to the recognition of, distinctions among, and effective preventions and interventions for young individuals facing the many types of risk (e.g., academic, biological, environmental, experiential, psychosocial) that compromise developmental potential.
  • Learn to analyze efficacy in systems including education and pediatric health care, and inform policy creation in education and mental health care.

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The PhD in School Psychology curriculum carefully and sequentially develops competencies through an integrated framework that combines scientific and professional coursework with practicum and other fieldwork experiences

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Competency Based Training

Pace University’s PhD in School Psychology program is designed to provide education and training in school psychology within a scientist-practitioner model. As a student, you’ll be required to complete one year of on-site supervised cognitive-behavioral practicum experience through Pace University’s Thomas J. McShane Center for Psychological Services. You’ll also undertake four years of additional supervised fieldwork experience, including school and clinic or community placements that involve training in assessment, consultation, remedial interventions, psychotherapeutic interventions, and program development and research. You’ll also be required to complete a dissertation, a scholarly undertaking in the area of school psychology, which may be in the form of original research, a program evaluation, or another project of a scholarly nature approved by the dissertation committee.

Choose Your Career

You’ll be prepared to immediately make an impact in a variety of settings, such as developmental centers, hospitals, integrated health and mental health centers, schools, and universities. 

Career Options

Career options for graduates of the PhD in School Psychology program include working as a certified school psychologist and/or licensed psychologist in a wide variety of settings.

What You Need to Know

Students 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.

For more information, view the Graduate Catalog.