PsyD School Psychology

The PsyD in School Psychology program prepares doctoral-level school psychologists with a focus on applied behavior analysis, cognitive behavioral interventions, and comprehensive psychoeducational assessment. Adopting the practitioner-scholar model of training and a competency-based model of education, the program prepares graduates to provide ethical, empirically-based and culturally sensitive direct and indirect school psychological services. The program provides an integration of psychological and educational science and practice in order to facilitate healthy development and learning among school-aged populations. The PsyD program in school psychology requires a minimum of 111 credit hours (which includes two years of practica and a one year externship) and the completion of both a doctoral dissertation and internship.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Term 1Hours
Summer  
SPSY 524 Basic Principles in Applied Behavioral Analysis 3
SPSY 531 Theories of Learning and Behavior 3
 Hours6
Term 2
Fall  
WRIT 100 Writing in Psychology No course credit is given. A $500 fee is assessed. 0
SPSY 501 Professional School Psychology 2
SPSY 512 Psychometrics 3
SPSY 613 Assessment I: Cognitive Assessment 3
SPSY 725 Cognitive Aspects of Behavior 1
 Hours9
Term 3
Winter  
SPSY 504 Developmental Psychology 1
SPSY 507 Exceptional Child 2
SPSY 528 Behavior Assessment 3
SPSY 615 Assessment II: Academic Interventions 3
 Hours9
Term 4
Spring  
SPSY 551 Practicum: Functional Behavioral Assessment 1
SPSY 618 Assessment III: Behavioral, Social, and Emotional 3
SPSY 748 Biological Aspects of Behavior 1
SPSY 749 Social Aspects of Behavior 1
SPSY 751 Affective Bases of Behavior 1
 Hours7
Second Year
Term 1
Summer  
SPSY 508 Foundations of Psychotherapy 3
SPSY 527 3
 Hours6
Term 2
Fall  
SPSY 619 Consultation and Collaboration in Educational Settings 3
SPSY 622 Direct Assessment of Academic Skills 1
SPSY 664 School-Based Practicum 1
SPSY 732 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology 3
SPSY 774 Seminar in Advanced Integrated Knowledge 2
 Hours10
Term 3
Winter  
SPSY 526 Single Case Experimental Design 3
SPSY 614 Multicultural Perspectives in Psychology 3
SPSY 617 Academic and Behavioral Interventions 3
SPSY 664 School-Based Practicum 1
 Hours10
Term 4
Spring  
SPSY 525 Behavioral Change and System Supports 3
SPSY 535 Clinical Supervision, Management Training 3
SPSY 623 English Learners, Approaches and Supports 3
SPSY 664 School-Based Practicum 1
 Hours10
Third Year
Term 1
Summer  
SPSY 598 MS Comprehensive Exam 0
SPSY 733 History and Systems of Psychology 2
SPSY 776 Dissertation Seminar 1
 Hours3
Term 2
Fall  
SPSY 736 CBT I 2
SPSY 760 Advanced Practicum Seminar 1
SPSY 783 Research Methods 3
SPSY 792 Dissertation Advisement Students are required to take 6 credits of SPSY 792: Dissertation Advisement; students are required to register for this course until they successfully defend their dissertation, credits beyond the 6 do not count toward their degree. 1
 Hours7
Term 3
Winter  
SPSY 760 Advanced Practicum Seminar 1
SPSY 737 CBT II: Treatment Strategies 2
SPSY 784 Statistical Analysis 3
SPSY 792 Dissertation Advisement 1
 Hours7
Term 4
Spring  
SPSY 506 Physiology 3
SPSY 620 Prevention Strategies and Crisis Intervention 3
SPSY 738 CBT III: Applications 1
SPSY 760 Advanced Practicum Seminar 1
SPSY 792 Dissertation Advisement 1-2
 Hours9-10
Fourth Year
Term 1
Fall  
SPSY 745 Supervision 1
SPSY 747 Neuropathology 1
SPSY 779 School-Based Externship 1
SPSY 792 Dissertation Advisement 1
 Hours4
Term 2
Winter  
SPSY 741 Assessment IV Neuropsychology 3
SPSY 779 School-Based Externship 1
SPSY 792 Dissertation Advisement 1
 Hours5
Term 3
Spring  
SPSY 735 Linking Neuropsychology Assessment to Intervention 3
SPSY 740 Instructional Design Delivery 1
SPSY 779 School-Based Externship 1
SPSY 792 Dissertation Advisement 1
 Hours6
Fifth Year
Term 1
Summer  
SPSY 700 Introduction to Internship 0
SPSY 795 Dissertation Editing Doctoral students who have successfully defended their dissertations will register for this course until all edits are made to the satisfaction of their dissertation chairs/committees and the final documents are submitted for binding. The fee will be waived for the first term; for any subsequent terms, students will be charged for one credit/term until the final documents are submitted for binding. Dissertation Editing credits do not count toward the minimum of 111 credits required for degree completion. 1
 Hours1
Term 2
Fall  
SPSY 786 Internship 1
SPSY 795 Dissertation Editing Doctoral students who have successfully defended their dissertations will register for this course until all edits are made to the satisfaction of their dissertation chairs/committees and the final documents are submitted for binding. The fee will be waived for the first term; for any subsequent terms, students will be charged for one credit/term until the final documents are submitted for binding. Dissertation Editing credits do not count toward the minimum of 111 credits required for degree completion. 1
 Hours2
Term 3
Winter  
SPSY 786 Internship 0-1
SPSY 795 Dissertation Editing Doctoral students who have successfully defended their dissertations will register for this course until all edits are made to the satisfaction of their dissertation chairs/committees and the final documents are submitted for binding. The fee will be waived for the first term; for any subsequent terms, students will be charged for one credit/term until the final documents are submitted for binding. Dissertation Editing credits do not count toward the minimum of 111 credits required for degree completion. 1
 Hours1-2
Term 4
Spring  
SPSY 786 Internship 0-1
SPSY 795 Dissertation Editing Doctoral students who have successfully defended their dissertations will register for this course until all edits are made to the satisfaction of their dissertation chairs/committees and the final documents are submitted for binding. The fee will be waived for the first term; for any subsequent terms, students will be charged for one credit/term until the final documents are submitted for binding. Dissertation Editing credits do not count toward the minimum of 111 credits required for degree completion. 1
 Hours1-2
 Total Hours113-116

Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology (PsyD)

An applicant to the doctor of psychology in school psychology program must have completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field at a regionally accredited college or university, with a grade point average of 3.00 or higher prior to matriculation. Applicants must have completed, prior to admission the following foundational coursework:

  • 6 credits of English
  • 6 credits of Math
  • 15 additional credits of Psychology coursework

Transcripts will be carefully reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

Transfer Policy

A candidate who currently holds a graduate degree in psychology or a related field may be eligible to have up to 30 credits of graduate work transferred towards the PsyD degree program. Eligibility for course transfer is as follows:

  • Each course must have been taken in an APA-accredited or NASP-approved program within a 7 year period.
  • A grade of “B” or better is required for each course
  • A syllabus for each course must be submitted for Program Director review.
  • At least 2 graded assignments (per course) must be submitted for Program Director review

 or

  • An exam may be completed to demonstrate content knowledge.

It is the discretion of the program director as to which courses can be transferred based on the above criteria.

The online application will be available beginning in the fall 2021 term at https://explore.pcom.edu/apply/.

This program utilizes a rolling admissions policy, so applications will be considered throughout the year as they are received. Students will be accepted into the program until the desired class size is reached. Classes begin in the summer/fall term (early June/August).

The Admissions Committee screens applications, invites some applicants for an interview, evaluates the applicants and selects new students. Following the completion of the admission process, each applicant will be notified of the Admission's Committee decision in writing, including any conditions that must be satisfied prior to or following enrollment.

Your application will be processed and assessed by the Faculty Committee on Admissions only after the receipt of:

  • Autobiographical statement explaining your interest in this academic program as it relates to your career goals (in 500 words or less)
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Official scores from the GRE general test (PCOM institutional code for GRE – 2662). The GRE may be waived if the applicant has a 3.3 or higher undergraduate GPA .
  • Writing sample (preferably graded)
  • Curriculum vitae or resume

Official college transcripts from all colleges/universities schools attended must be sent directly to:

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Office of Admissions
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

We will accept electronic transcripts via email from Parchment Services and National Student Clearinghouse to admissions@pcom.edu. Letters of recommendation can be sent directly to PCOM Admissions in PDF format to recommend@pcom.edu. All other admissions documents can be sent to admissions@pcom.edu.