PhD in School Psychology

The doctoral program plan requires 160 credits minimum, culminating in:

  • an original research dissertation
  • a predoctoral internship
  • the doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree

Students may enter the doctoral program with or without a master’s degree.

Prior graduate course work may reduce the amount of time needed to finish the doctoral program.

The program prepares students to qualify for licensure as a professional psychologist through the state board of psychologist examiners, as well as state certification or licensure as a school psychologist in Oregon and most other states.

Students who complete this program are eligible for the nationally certified school psychologist credential offered by the National Association of School Psychologists.

SPSY PhD Handbook

PhD Requirements — Total Credits: 160

Psychological and Educational Foundations33
Measurement and Assessment16
Statistics and Research49
Practice of School Psychology53

Psychological and Education Foundations — Minimum Credits: 33

Course and TitleCredits
Theories of Learning and Instruction:
EDUC 654 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis
SPED 660 Design of Instruction4
History of Psychology (choose one of the following):
CPSY 605 Reading in History and Systems
CPSY 607 History and Systems of Psychology3
Individual Differences in Behavior (choose one of the following):
EDLD 637 Diversity in Education
SPED 510 Diversity in Special Education 3
CPSY 615 Counseling Diverse Populations4
Human Development:
CPSY 621 Lifespan Developmental Psychology
SPSY 650 Developmental Psychopathology
Biological Aspects of Behavior:
SPSY 652 Biological Aspects of Behavior
Cognitive Aspects of Behavior:
SPSY 651 Cognitive and Affective Aspects of Behavior
Social Aspects of Behavior:
CPSY 635 Social Aspects of Behavior

Measurement and Assessment — Credits: 16

Course and TitleCredits
SPSY 671 Behavioral Assessment4
SPSY 672 Intellectual Assessment4
SPSY 674 Educational Assessment4
SPSY 617 Tests and Measurements in Education or
EDLD 560 Measurement & Assessment and
EDLD 663 Measurement & Research

Statistics and Research — Minimum Credits: 49

Statistics and Research Design — Credits: 23

Course and TitleCredits
EDUC 614 Educational Statistics4
EDUC 640 Applied Statistical Design and Analysis4
EDUC 626 Grant Writing3
EDUC 650 Single-Subject Research Methods I4
EDUC 652 Single-Subject Research Methods II4
EDUC 642 Multiple Regression in Educational Research4

Application of Research Skills: Dissertation Research — Minimum Credits: 26

Course and TitleCredits
SPSY 603 Dissertation18 (minimum)
SPSY 601 Research Team or Independent Research8 (minimum)

Practice of School Psychology — Minimum Credits: 53

Consultation — Credits: 8

Course and TitleCredits
SPSY 630 Introduction to Consultation4
SPSY 632 Advanced Consultation4

Academic and Social Behavioral Interventions — Credits: 15

Course and TitleCredits
SPSY 631 Academic and Behavioural Intervention4
SPED 540 Early Literacy for Diverse Learners4
SPSY 610 Beginning Counseling Skills3
CPSY 642 Child-Family Interventions4

Teaching and Supervision — Credits: 7

Course and TitleCredits
SPSY 662 Foundations of Clinical Supervision3
SPSY 602 Supervised College Teaching2
SPSY 602 Supervised College Teaching—Supervising Applied Practicum2

Professional Standards and Ethics — Credits: 10

Course and TitleCredits
SPSY 661 Principles and Practices in School Psychology4
SPED 628 Law and Special Education3
SPSY 663 Professional Ethics3

Practicum Experiences — Credits: 13 / Minimum 520 Clock Hours

Course and TitleCredits
SPSY 606 Field Studies2
80 Clock Hours
SPSY 609 Practicum Academic Intervention Clinic (Community Agency Practicum)2
80 Clock hours

Integrated Practicum — Credits: 9 / Minimum 360 Clock Hours

Course and TitleCredits
SPSY 609 Practicum Field Experience1 (Fall term)3
120 Clock Hours
SPSY 609 Practicum Field Experience (Winter term)3
120 Clock Hours
SPSY 626 Final Field Experience (Spring term)3
120 Clock Hours

Internship Experience — Credits: 9 / Minimum 1,500 Clock Hours2

Course and TitleCredits
SPSY 605 Reading and Conference in Pre-Internship Planning8
SPSY 704 School Psychology Internship1

1 Prior to enrolling in practicum, students are required to pass the ORELA Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment.

2 See student handbook for possible exceptions to the 9 credit internship registration requirement. Prior to completion of internship, students are required to pass the Praxis II School Psychologist licensure exam.