School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences
- Kent Campus
The Ph.D. degree in School Psychology is committed to a scientist-practitioner model of training, which conceptualizes school psychologists as data-oriented problems solvers and transmitters of psychological knowledge and skill. As such, students draw upon the scientific literature as a primary basis for professional practice and focus their research agendas so as to have meaningful implications for practice. In addition, functioning as a scientist-practitioner meas that professional practice is conducted in ways that are consistent with the scientific method.
Emphasis in training is placed on the provision of services through research-based practice and data-based decision making. Doctoral students gain competencies, not only in the provision of school psychological services to individual children and youth, but also in the promotion and implementation of systemic, preventative educational and mental health systems. Since the program's emphasis is on the application of psychology in applied educational and mental health settings, students are required to demonstrate competence in the substantive content areas of psychological and educational theory; the scientific, methodological and theoretical foundations of practice in school psychology; data-based decision making; intervention design and evaluation; and cultural and individual diversity.
The school psychology doctorate prepares students to work as leaders in applied practice in educational and mental health settings.
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), American Psychological Association (APA)
- Master's degree from an accredited college or university for unconditional admission
- Minimum 3.000 graduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale (minimum 3.500 GPA is recommended) for unconditional admission
- Official transcript(s)
- GRE scores (minimum scores at the 50th percentile is recommended)
- Résumé or vita
- Goal statement
- Sample of written work
- School Psychology Supplemental Data Form (online document)
- Questions in Anticipation of Licensure form
- Two letters of recommendation
- English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
- Minimum 550 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
- Minimum 79 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
- Minimum 77 MELAB score
- Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
- Minimum 58 PTE score
- Minimum 110 Duolingo English Test score
For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies admission website. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Demonstrate adequate knowledge and skills associated with both the National Association of School Psychologists' Domains of School Psychology Training and Practice and those domains related to advanced psychological foundations knowledge and research skills as identified by the American Psychological Association (APA).
- Demonstrate an appropriate level of professional deportment.
Professional Licensure Disclosure
This program is designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure or certification and contact information for state licensing boards at Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.
|PSYC 70413||COGNITIVE NEUROPSYCHOLOGY||3|
|or PSYC 70453||INTRODUCTION TO COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY|
|or PSYC 70604||COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT|
|PSYC 70615||SOCIAL AND PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT||3|
|or PSYC 71260||THEORIES OF PERSONALITY|
|PSYC 70950||HISTORY AND CONTEMPORARY SYSTEMS||3|
|PSYC 71054||LEARNING AND CONDITIONING||3|
|or PSYC 71350||PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY|
|PSYC 71580||SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY||3|
|PSYC 71651||QUANTITATIVE STATISTICAL ANALYSIS I||3|
|or RMS 85515||QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH DESIGN AND ANALYSIS|
|PSYC 71654||QUANTITATIVE STATISTICAL ANALYSIS II||3|
|or RMS 85517||ADVANCED QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH IN EDUCATIONAL SERVICES|
|or RMS 85518||ADVANCED QUALITATIVE RESEARCH IN EDUCATIONAL SERVICES|
|RMS 85516||QUALITATIVE RESEARCH DESIGN||3|
|SPSY 77892||ADVANCED PRACTICUM IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY||6|
|SPSY 77998||INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY||4|
|SPSY 80090||DOCTORAL RESIDENCY SEMINAR||3|
|SPSY 87987||PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY||3|
|SPSY 87987||PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY||3|
|or SPSY 87998||RESEARCH SEMINAR IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY|
|SPSY 87992||DOCTORAL INTERNSHIP IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY||12|
|SPSY 87998||RESEARCH SEMINAR IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY||3|
|Psychology (PSYC) Elective||3|
|SPSY 80199||DISSERTATION I 1||30|
|Minimum Total Credit Hours:||91|
- The total number of required credit hours in each student's Plan of Study/Residency Plan will vary based on previous graduate coursework, point of entry into the program, program area advisor input and the school psychology program requirements. The minimum requirement for a doctoral degree is 60 credit hours beyond the master's degree. Given the requirements of the accreditation bodies governing Kent State's school psychology degree program, the typical number of required credit hours for the doctoral degree will exceed that of the minimum college requirements.
- Students who enter the program without recent and comprehensive training in school psychology (from a NASP-approved program) and without a school psychology license must complete relevant coursework. The total number of required hours will vary based on point of entry into the program, previous coursework and program advisor input.
- State/Federal background checks are required for all field-based experiences.
Once the student has successfully completed and orally defended their comprehensive exams, they are recommended for doctoral candidacy in line with all other program and college requirements.
Candidates seeking School Psychologist licensure are required to pass the ETS Praxis II School Psychologist test or the domain specific School Psychology Ohio Assessment for Educators test.