GSE School Psychology (Ph.D.)

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Degree: Ph.D.
Career Path: Certified, Licensed School Psychologist

Start Semester: Fall
Campus: Lincoln Center

The program emphasizes training that applies a scientist-practitioner model to maximize the educational and social-emotional development of children in urban settings, especially children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Through coursework and field experiences, the program attempts to provide students with a sensitivity and understanding of the special needs of those whose cultural backgrounds and/or language skills make their quality of education a particular challenge.

The School Psychology doctoral program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association, approved by the National Association of School Psychologists, and registered with the New York State Department of Education for purposes of school psychology certification and professional licensing in psychology.

NOTE: The GRE test is optional for admissions to the Ph.D. program.

  • Students must have courses in General Psychology, Child/Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, Abnormal Psychology and Personality Psychology. Students who have not completed all prerequisites prior to admission must complete them during the first part of their studies. Prerequisite coursework may be completed at either the graduate or undergraduate level. One prerequisite may be met through coursework in the program/cognate.

  • January 15

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    Psychology Core (selected in consultation with advisor)

    Cognitive/Affective Aspects of Behavior: Psychology of Cognition and Affect
    Social Aspects of Behavior: Social Psychology
    Biological Aspects of Behavior: Neurobiological Bases of Human Behavior
    Ehtics Requirement: Psychology: History and Ethics
    Multicultural Issues in Psychology : Multicultural Issues in Professional Psychology (or alternative in consultation with advisor)
    Individual Differences/Human Development: Advanced Developmental Psychology

    Doctoral Research Core

    • Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology and Education I
    • Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology and Education II
    • Qualitative and Single Case Design Research Methods I
    • Qualitative and Single Case Design Research Methods II
    • Psychometric Theory
    • Proseminar in Psychological and Educational Services (0 credits)
    • Research Apprenticeship and Research Apprenticeship II

    Advanced Studies

    Exceptional Developmental Differences

    • Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities
    • Emotional Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence

    Professional School Psychology Core


    • Advanced Personality Assessment or Personality Assessment
    • Advanced Personality Assessment Lab
    • Non-Biased Assessment and Decision-Making
    • Cognitive Assessment and Cognitive Assessment Lab


    • Applications of Behavior Analysis in Educational Settings
    • Instructional Consultation
    • Therapeutic Interventions in the Schools
    • Theories of School-Based Consultation
    • Theories of Counseling

    Professional Issues

    • Role and Function of the School Psychologist

    Fieldwork and Internship

    • Integration of Assessment Techniques and Integration of Assessment Techniques Lab
    • Clinical Practicum in School Psychology or Clinical Practicum in Bilingual School Psychology
    • Consultation Practicum in School Psychology or Consultation Practicum in Bilingual School Psychology
    • Doctoral Externship in School Psychology
    • Doctoral Internship in School Psychology I
    • Doctoral Internship in School Psychology II


    • Clinical Supervision of School Psychologists

    Program Evaluation

    • Evaluation of Psychological Services Delivery Programs

    Comprehensive Assessment

    • Doctoral Comprehensive Exam/Assessment in School Psychology Part I (Psychology Core)
    • Doctoral Comprehensive Exam/Assessment in School Psychology Part II (Research Core)
    • Adv Cert/Professional Practice in School Psychology Comprehensive Assessment
    • Adv Cert/Professional Practice in Bilingual School Psychology Comprehensive Assessment

    Cognate Areas of Studies


    • Dissertation Seminar in Psychological and Educational Services
    • PES Proposal Acceptance
    • Dissertation Oral Defense
    • Dissertation Format Review

    Total Credits: 103.5

  • Practica

    Completion of three practica and a one year supervised internship.

    Each practicum requires the students to complete a minimum of 150 hours of supervised fieldwork, in schools, clinics, and hospital settings, learning and honing their skills in consultation, counseling and assessment of children and adolescents.

    • Clinical Practicum: supervised experience in counseling/clinical intervention with children and youth
    • Consultation Practicum: supervised experiences in school-based consultation
    • Integration of Assessment Techniques: supervised experiences for students in psycho-educational assessment (Many students complete this practicum in The Rosa Hagin School Consultation Center at Fordham University.)

    The externship requires students to complete 200 hours of supervised training in a school, hospital, clinic, or research setting. Students often decide to extend their externships beyond the required semester to gain more skills, experience and direct service hours to help make them more competitive candidates for APA internships or future employment.

    The internship consists of providing psychological services under qualified supervision. The length of the internship is one full academic year or a minimum of 1,500 hours. At least 600 of the internship hours must be completed in a school setting.

    Students are strongly encouraged to complete their internships at APA accredited sites, which are accessed through the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) clearinghouse.

  • Doctoral Proseminar

    The Doctoral Proseminar provides an orientation to the research expertise among school psychology and counseling psychology faculty for all entering doctoral students.

    These weekly gatherings of students and faculty provide a forum for all faculty and students in the division to exchange ideas about psychology and the application of scientific methods to a study of human behavior.

    Doctoral Residency

    Doctoral students spend one year in residence. The residency program consists of two parts.

    • Research Apprenticeship: Under the supervision of the professor(s), students in residence become involved in designing and executing research.
    • Residency Seminars: Seminars in which research and leaders in education discuss their work with the assembled residency students and professors.

    Doctoral Dissertation

    The doctoral curriculum is designed as a five-year, full-time apprenticeship of 96 credits (excluding dissertation seminar and mentoring) for students entering with a bachelor's degree and the appropriate prerequisite competencies.

    Students entering the program with advanced standing must complete a minimum of 60 graduate credits at Fordham.

American Psychological Association

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