School Psychology - Ph.D.

College of Education, Health and Human Services
School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences
405 White Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2294
www.kent.edu/ehhs/ldes


Description

The Ph.D. degree in School Psychology is committed to a scientist-practitioner model of training, which conceptualizes school psychologists as data-oriented problem-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 to have meaningful implications for practice.

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus

Accreditation

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), American Psychological Association (APA)

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcript(s)
  • Master's degree from an accredited institution
  • Recommended minimum graduate 3.500 GPA
  • GRE with recommended scores at the 50th percentile or higher
  • Goal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Sample of written work
  • Résumé or vita
  • School Psychology Vita (online document)
  • Questions in Anticipation of Licensure form
  • Interview

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 550 TOEFL score (79 on the Internet-based version), minimum 77 MELAB score, minimum 6.5 IELTS score or minimum 58 PTE Academic score. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission websiteEffective spring 2018.

For more information about graduate admission, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Ph.D. degree will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate adequate knowledge and skills associated with both
    1. the National Association of School Psychologists' Domains of School Psychology Training and Practice, and
    2. those domains related to advanced psychological foundations knowledge and research skills as identified by the American Psychological Association (APA).
  2. Demonstrate an appropriate level of professional deportment.
 
 

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

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Major Requirements
Psychological Foundations
PSYC 70413COGNITIVE NEUROPSYCHOLOGY 3
or PSYC 70453 INTRODUCTION TO COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
or PSYC 70604 COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
PSYC 70615SOCIAL AND PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT 3
or PSYC 71260 THEORIES OF PERSONALITY
PSYC 70950HISTORY AND CONTEMPORARY SYSTEMS 3
PSYC 71054LEARNING AND CONDITIONING 3
or PSYC 71350 PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY
PSYC 71580SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY 3
Psychology (PSYC) Electives3
Basic Research
EVAL 85515QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH DESIGNS AND ANALYSIS 3
or PSYC 71651 QUANTITATIVE STATISTICAL ANALYSIS I
EVAL 85516QUALITATIVE RESEARCH DESIGN 3
Advanced Research
EVAL 85517ADVANCED QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH IN EDUCATIONAL SERVICES 3
or EVAL 85518 ADVANCED QUALITATIVE RESEARCH IN EDUCATIONAL SERVICES
or PSYC 71654 QUANTITATIVE STATISTICAL ANALYSIS II
Applied Research
SPSY 77998INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY 4
Doctoral Seminars
SPSY 80090DOCTORAL RESIDENCY SEMINAR 3
SPSY 87987PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY 3
SPSY 87998RESEARCH SEMINAR IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY 3
SPSY 87987PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY 3
or SPSY 87998 RESEARCH SEMINAR IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY
Advanced Practicum
SPSY 77892ADVANCED PRACTICUM IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY 6
Internship
SPSY 87992DOCTORAL INTERNSHIP IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY 12
Dissertation
SPSY 80199DISSERTATION I 130
Minimum Total Credit Hours:91
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Upon admission to candidacy, each doctoral candidate must register for SPSY 80199. It is expected that a doctoral candidate will continuously register for Dissertation I for a total of 30 hours, and thereafter SPSY 80299.

Graduation Requirements

  • Minimum Total Credit Hours: 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.

Candidacy

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.

Program Notes

State/Federal background checks are required for all field-based experiences. See program coordinator for more information.

Licensure Information

Candidates seeking School Psychologist licensure are required to pass Praxis II test School Psychologist (0401) or the domain specific School Psychology Ohio Assessment for Educators test.