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Why Consider a Psy.D. in School Psychology at Duquesne University?

The Psy.D. Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), approved by National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and is designed to train doctoral-level school psychologists who are license eligible for independent practice and prepared to work in schools, independent practice, hospitals, and child agencies and clinics. The 91 credit hour Psy.D. Program includes coursework, practica, an applied project demonstrating skills learned via the Local Clinical Scientist training model, and an internship. Leading up to the Psy.D. degree, students earn an M.S.Ed. in Child Psychology after 30 credits. Upon completing this Program and successfully passing the Praxis School Psychology Exam, graduates may also apply for the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential and state certification to practice school psychology.

The Psy.D. School Psychology Program at Duquesne University is designed to be consistent with the local-clinical scientist model of training. Students are trained in evidence-based practices founded in scientific literature and theory, and are additionally trained to consider local contextual variables when implementing these practices. Students learn to adapt empirically-validated research programs and interventions for use in unique practice settings, and with unique individuals and communities. Consistent with this model of training, each student intensively studies and addresses a problem of applied practice identified by a practice site in a year-long Applied Project.

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?"

Psy.D. Student Handbook

The Psy.D. School Psychology Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

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