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PsyD in School Psychology

Transform the lives of children and families with our doctoral degree in school psychology.

Adelphi’s Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology degree program is designed to prepare students for advanced careers in a variety of settings, where  graduates will positively impact the lives of students, their families, their schools and their communities. 

Why should I enroll in Adelphi’s PsyD SChool psychology program?

The Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology degree, offered by Adelphi’s Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology, provides students with exemplary training in clinical, diagnostic and consultative skills. Committed to community engagement and social justice, our program’s ecological approach addresses school-based inequities and the challenges of delivering effective services to children and adolescents within a multicultural context.

Under the direction of a core faculty that has worked in clinical and community settings, you will:

  • Develop applied skills
  • Pursue research projects
  • Become familiar with multiple theoretical approaches, with the opportunity to concentrate in a single area

Program graduates will be eligible for careers in:

  • Elementary, middle and high schools
  • Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Community-based organizations
  • Colleges and universities

What will I study in the School Psychology Program?

The program focuses on:

  • A sequence of courses that helps students develop skills in assessment, consultation, prevention and intervention strategies—with an emphasis on cultural and social issues related to learning and school adjustment
  • Strategies to help students with complex psychological disorders become effective learners
  • Courses exploring the impact of trauma, school violence and substance abuse on learning and adjustment, designed to expose you to conditions and causes of student disenfranchisement
  • Therapeutic interventions at child, peer group and family levels
  • Interventions that address at-risk families and families from diverse backgrounds

You will also have access to:

  • School-based Social Justice Lab
  • Social Training Center for Students on the Spectrum
  • Derner Hempstead Child Clinic
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Who are the School Psychology faculty members?

Our full-time faculty members are thought leaders and published scholars with extensive experience as school psychologists, psychotherapy teachers or behavior specialists in school settings. A full-time field placement coordinator works to place students in internships in school districts across Long Island.

» Learn more about our school psychology faculty

What are the expected costs?

Tuition information may be obtained from our Student Financial Services webpage.

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How do I apply to the School Psychology Psy.D. Program?

The application deadline for fall admission to the Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology program is December 1, 2019.

To be considered for the program, applicants are required to submit their application through PSYCAS.

In addition to a completed application for graduate admission and application fee, applicants must submit:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended
  • Final transcript stating bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution (psychology major preferred)
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General scores (Psychology sub test suggested)
  • Three letters of recommendation (academic or professional)
  • Research paper
  • Three essay questions

» Apply now to the PsyD in School Psychology program

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Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology
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