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Total program credits needed for graduation: 145

One academic quarter is 3 months. You will have a 3-week break between each quarter.

To learn more, call 866.933.5942, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

Core Courses:

Twenty-Seven Required Courses, 135 quarter credits.

Orientation to Professional Psychology (5 quarter credits)
Principles of School Psychology (5 quarter credits)
Consultation and Collaboration in the School (5 quarter credits)
Child and Adolescent Development for School Psychologists (5 quarter credits)
Advanced Biological Psychology (5 quarter credits)
Cognitive/Affective Psychology (5 quarter credits)
Advanced Research Methods and Statistics for Professionals Psychology (5 quarter credits)
Advanced Methods in School Psychology (5 quarter credits)
Multicultural Perspectives in Human Behavior (5 quarter credits)
Advanced Psychopathology (5 quarter credits)
Childhood Mental Health, Counseling, and Crisis Intervention/Prevention (5 quarter credits)
Tests and Measurements (5 quarter credits)
Psychological Assessments for School Psychologists 1 (5 quarter credits)
Psychological Assessments for School Psychologists 2 (5 quarter credits)
Psychological Assessments for School Psychologists 3 (5 quarter credits)
Psychological Testing (5 quarter credits)
Neuropsychological Assessments (5 quarter credits)
Legal and Ethical Issues in the School (5 quarter credits)
Strategies of Clinical Supervision and Consultation (5 quarter credits)
Professional Development and Supervision of School Psychologists (5 quarter credits)
School Psychology PsyD Practicum 1 (5 quarter credits)
School Psychology PsyD Practicum 2 (5 quarter credits)
School Psychology PsyD Internship 1 (5 quarter credits)
School Psychology PsyD Internship 2 (5 quarter credits) †
School Psychology PsyD Internship 3 (5 quarter credits)
School Psychology PsyD Internship 4 (5 quarter credits)

Comprehensive Examination and Integrative Project Courses

10 course quarter credits.

School Psychology Doctoral Learner Comprehensive Examination (5 quarter credits)
Doctoral School Psychology Integrative Project (5 quarter credits)

In addition, choose one of the following courses:

Play Therapy 1: The History and Systems of Play Therapy (5 quarter credits)
Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy (5 quarter credits)
Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (5 quarter credits)
Psychopharmacology (5 quarter credits)
Teaching Psychology (5 quarter credits)
Adult Learner in the Classroom (5 quarter credits)

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

North Carolina residents are not eligible to enroll in this specialization.

**This course has a prerequisite that is not listed as a required course, which may increase the total number of courses needed to complete this Specialization. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for additional course prerequisites.

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, certification, authorization, other professional credential or salary advancement. State regulations and professional credential standards vary. It is the learner's responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their states and professional associations. For more information on licensure, visit our licensure page. (Washington state learners are advised to go to: for more information.)

† Learners are required to take the Praxis Series tests concurrently with PSY8963. Learners are responsible for the costs associated with these examinations.

This program has not been reviewed or approved by Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania residents will have to apply and meet requirements for certification as out-of-state candidates.

This Specialization has not been reviewed or approved by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB); KY residents are not eligible for certification, endorsement, rank change, licensure, renewal, etc. by the EPSB.

Residency Requirement

To support your academic and professional success, residential colloquia provide learning and community-building experiences in a stimulating scholarly environment. For this specialization, you must complete six face-to-face residencies (PSY-R8591, PSY-R8592, PSY-R8593, PSY-R8594, PSY-R8595, PSY-R8596).

Practicum / Internship Requirement

Toward the end of your academic program, you'll complete a clinical experience, often referred to as practicum or internship, in which you will have the opportunity to put into practice what you've learned in your coursework and residency experiences. For this specialization, you are required to complete a minimum of 400 total practicum hours and 1500 internship hours.

What Can I Expect?

Most students take 1 to 2 courses at a time. One course typically requires 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

Learn more about online learning at Capella.

Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 48 credits into this specialization.

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Take an Individual Course

Whether you're completing continuing education credits, want to see if online learning is right for you, or are simply interested in a specific topic, you can enroll in many of Capella's online courses without committing to a degree program. We recommend speaking first with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure the credits you earn now can be applied to a degree program later.

Learn more about individual courses

To learn more, call 866.933.5942, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.