Why Consider a Ph.D. in School Psychology at Duquesne University?
The 111-hour Ph.D. Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), approved by National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and includes coursework, practica, dissertation, and internship. Completion of this Program leads to a M.S.Ed., a Ph.D., Certification in School Psychology by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and prepares graduates to apply for licensure by a State Board of Psychology. In addition to practicing psychology in schools, child clinics, and child service agencies, Ph.D. school psychology graduates can become licensed for the independent practice of psychology and work as a university professor. Ph.D. graduates often seek employment in settings where research skills are required. Upon completing the Ph.D. Program and successfully passing the Praxis School Psychology Exam, graduates may be credentialed as Nationally Certified School Psychologists (NCSP).
The Ph.D. School Psychology Program at Duquesne University is designed to be consistent with the scientist-practitioner model of training. This training model encourages future school psychologists to be both producers and consumers of science, allowing empirical research to drive one's professional practice, and allowing ongoing clinical experiences to shape future research questions. Our students are also trained to become professional psychologists with foundational knowledge and skills regarding psychological research, theory, and evidence-based practices. From the very first semester of study, our students are involved in both on-campus research teams and real-world practicum experiences allowing for the opportunities to engage in both the scientist and practitioner roles throughout the Program.
The Ph.D. School Psychology Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has created two brochures to promote the the specialty of school psychology. Prospective students are encouraged to review "School Psychology: A Career that Makes a Difference" and "Who Are School Psychologists?"