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Residency Requirements

Designed as an equivalent experience to 1 year in full-time residence, this requirement provides the opportunity for face-to-face instruction and evaluation of your skills in basic clinical and professional competencies that prepare you for practicum training. These in-person activities and interactions will support and further your socialization into the profession of psychology.

Taking time from your work and family can be a challenge, but the value you will gain from this experience is immeasurable. In fact, Capella students tell us much of their success is a direct result of the time and effort put into their residency experience.

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Special accommodations (e.g., sign language interpreters, mobility assistance, extra time in the courseroom) can be made for students who need additional support.

Structure and Timing

The full School Psychology year-in-residence is divided into 2 parts and typically begins the summer after the start of your program. Part I is required for MS learners and Part II is required for Specialist Certificate learners (most students complete both the master's degree and the specialist certificate).

  • Part I (MS) consists of a 2-week extended seminar (usually in June), and 2 additional weeks-in-residence (usually 1 in summer quarter and 1 in fall quarter).
  • Part II (Certificate) consists of 1 week-in-residence (usually in spring quarter) and a final 2-week extended seminar (usually in June). It's in the Part II portion of your program that you'll do the 1.25 years of practicum (350 hours) and internship (1,200 hours).

View a sample course sequence to see timing and how your coursework and Year-in-Residence fit together.

Your June Extended Seminar Experience

At each extended seminar, you will participate in 120 hours of designated programs and training labs with your faculty and other students in your program, including sessions related to various academic and professional goals, as well as other social activities. These sessions will introduce you to the culture of the field - which is an essential feature of the residency.

Activities include:

  • Labs
  • Discussion groups
  • Meetings
  • Seminars
  • Other group and individual learning experiences

Your Weeks-in-Residence Experience

The School Psychology MS program requires two additional weeks-in-residence. These are typically held during summer and fall quarters of each year, following the initial extended seminar.

The School Psychology Specialist Certificate program requires 1 week-in-residence typically held in spring quarter of each year. This week-in-residence begins the Year-in-Residence Part II, which concludes with the second extended seminar in June.

Year-in-Residence Costs and Financing

The registration cost for each extended seminar is $2,990. The cost of each weeks-in-residence is $1,495. Included in these costs are all session activities and instructions as well as continental breakfast, coffee, lunch, and afternoon snacks on full days of attendance. Additional costs include airfare, lodging, evening meals, and miscellaneous personal expenses.

It is possible to finance your residency using Stafford and GradPLUS loan funds. Capella also accepts all major credit cards and checks and offers a Colloquium Payment Deferral Agreement for those who qualify. Additionally, Capella has partnered with Delta Air Lines to offer a special discount for Capella events.

To view an estimate of your total tuition (excluding travel costs) and a sample course sequence, calculate your costs and graduation date.

Questions about costs and financing? Email or call an enrollment counselor at call 1.877.269.7780.

Year-in-Residence Locations

The exact locations and dates for the extended seminars are determined every year. Most recently, they have been held in Scottsdale, Arizona. Email or call an enrollment counselor at call 1.877.269.7780 to learn about upcoming Year-in-Residence dates and locations.

While you are free to travel with friends and family, only students are able to attend sessions and meals. Childcare is not provided.