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School Psychology (Ph.D.)

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

Start Semester: Summer or 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.



School Psychology Program Directors

Program Prerequisites

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.

Application Deadline

Fieldwork Requirements


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.

Research & Curriculum

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 ideasabout 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.

  • Researcg 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.

Browse course schedules and descriptions and review a list of courses

American Psychological Association

Contact the American Psychological Association for more information about accreditation.
Office of Program Consultation and
Accreditation American Psychological Association
750 1st Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

Tel: 202-336-5979