PhD in School Psychology

The doctoral program plan requires 157 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: 157

Psychological and Educational Foundations29
Measurement and Assessment15
Statistics and Research47
Practice of School Psychology36
Practicum Experiences14

Psychological and Education Foundations — Minimum Credits: 29

Course and TitleCredits
Theories of Learning and Instruction:
SPED 660 Design of Instruction
History of Psychology:
CPSY 607 History and Systems of Psychology or
SPSY 605 Reading and Conference: Pre-Intern Planning
Individual Differences in Behavior:
CPSY 607 History and Systems of Psychology or
CPSY 615 Counseling Diverse Populations
Human Development:
CPSY 621 Lifespan Developmental Psychology
SPSY 650 Developmental Psychopathology

Measurement and Assessment — Credits: 15

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

Statistics and Research — Minimum Credits: 47

Statistics and Research Design — Credits: 21

Course and TitleCredits
SPED 626 Grant Writing3
EDUC 650 Single-Subject Research Methods I3
EDUC 614 Educational Stats3
EDUC 640 Applied Statistical Design and Analysis3
EDUC 642 Multiple Regression in Educational Research3
Two of the following:
EDUC 644 Applied Multivariate Statistics
EDUC 646 Advanced Research Design in Education
EDLD 628 Hierarchical Linear Models I
EDLD 629 Hierarchical Linear Models II
EDLD 633 Structural Equation Modeling I
EDLD 634 Structural Equation Modeling II

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

Course and TitleCredits
SPSY 603 Dissertation18 (minimum)
SPSY 601 Research8 (minimum)

Practice of School Psychology — Minimum Credits: 36

Consultation — Credits: 8

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

Academic and Social Behavioral Interventions — Credits: 11

Course and TitleCredits
SPSY 631 Academic & Behavioural Intervention4
SPED 540 Early Literacy for Diverse Learners4
SPSY 610 Beginning Counseling Skills3

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 Others2

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: 14 / Minimum 520 Clock Hours

Field Studies — Credits: 10 / Minimum 200 Clock Hours

Course and TitleCredits
SPSY 606 Field Studies: Introductory2
SPSY 606 Field Studies: Academic Intervention Clinic3

Integrated Practicum — Credits: 9 / Minimum 360 Clock Hours

Course and TitleCredits
SPSY 609 Practicum Field Experience (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 Hours

Course and TitleCredits
SPSY 605 Pre-Internship Planning and Advisement (enrollment in year prior to internship)8
SPSY 704 Internship (register during final term prior to internship)1