School Psychology Psychology

Doctor of Psychology

Make a Difference with a PsyD in School Psychology

Positively impact the lives of young people. Capella’s PsyD in School Psychology is designed to provide the theoretical tools and skills-based training you need to assess students, consult with school personnel, and supervise other school psychologists. Through online coursework, graduate teaching opportunities, and practicum and internship field experiences, you'll gain skills in consultation, supervision, evaluation, research, ethics, and intervention and prevention strategies. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to pursue supervisory positions in school districts or higher education. 

At a Glance

  • Online & in-person
  • 21 Core courses
  • 6 Residencies
  • Comprehensive exam
  • Practicum
  • Internship
  • Integrative project

Classes Start April 12th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo FALL20).

What you’ll learn

Improve Student Performance

Develop and evaluate interventions designed to improve academic performance and behavioral life skills.

Work with Diversity

Analyze diversity and complex family issues; understand the impact on performance at the school and district level.

Design Interventions

Fuse knowledge of school system structure and evidence-based practice to design school- and district-level interventions.

Collaborate Effectively

Collaborate at a leadership level with school system professionals to advance systemic improvement. 

Develop Complex Programs

Use knowledge of research design, statistics, and measurement techniques to develop programs based on best practices. 

Uphold Standards

Integrate knowledge of professional, ethical, and legal standards of performance and their impact.

PsyD in School Psychology Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

Learn the latest in theory and practice from doctoral, licensed practitioners who are actively engaged in their profession.

Convenient Online Learning

Access your engaging, online learning environment anytime, anywhere, with any device, and set your own schedule while meeting deadlines.

Traditional Values in Doctoral Education with Contemporary Technology Delivery

Coursework, residencies, clinical practicum, internship, and research, mix traditional doctoral education with online technology.

CAEP Accredited

Capella University's Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) is accredited based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards through 2024. CAEP is the only recognized national accreditor for educator preparation.

Cost & learning format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$540 per credit, 145 total quarter credits, 50 max transfer credits

Get the details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

10% military discount

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

Employer reimbursements

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to employees. Ask your manager about options.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Understanding professional licensure

It is important to understand all educational and individual requirements for licensing. Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, or endorsement. State regulations vary regarding professional licensure. It is your responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for your state.

PsyD in School Psychology Sample Courses

The blended PsyD in School Psychology focuses on consultation, supervision, evaluation, research, ethics, and intervention and prevention strategies in the field, using a mix of online coursework and practicum and internship field experiences.

Support to reach the finish line

You’ll get dedicated support early in your program, so you can be confident in the steps to completing your degree.


Enhance the skills you develop in your program coursework through these intensive, onsite experiences with students and faculty.  

Practicum / Internship

Apply your skills and knowledge in the field with direct-client contact and supervision. 

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Consultation and Collaboration in the School

This course provides an overview of consultation theory, research, and practice in psychology and education. In this course, learners study the rationale and techniques used in consultation and collaboration with teachers, parents, administrators, and other school personnel for the purpose of preventing and remediating the learning and adjustment problems of school-aged children. Learners familiarize themselves with the history and status of consultation, conceptual foundations and models, processes, intervention and evaluation considerations, practice and ethical issues, and training approaches to consultation.

5 quarter credits
Child and Adolescent Development for School Psychologists

This course focuses on the development of children and adolescents from infancy through adolescence. Learners apply a developmental framework to the process of designing, evaluating, and monitoring interventions to address complex school needs and apply information about developmental skills to evidence-based school- and district-level interventions. In addition, learners analyze the impact of multiple complex and challenging family issues on student development and apply an understanding of types of diversity along a developmental continuum to student needs at the school and district level.

5 quarter credits
Childhood Mental Health, Counseling, and Crisis Intervention/Prevention

This course introduces learners to the diagnostic schema used with children and adolescents in mental health and school psychology professions. Learners examine the DSM-5, focusing on developing mastery of diagnostic criteria for childhood disorders and applying this criteria to case studies, methodology, research, historical, and political aspects of diagnosis. Learners consider alternatives to the current diagnostic system in order to develop comprehensive counseling plans, and identify crisis prevention and intervention models used within the educational setting.

5 quarter credits
PSY8251 *
Neuropsychological Assessment

In this course, learners study current theories, research, and methods used in the neuropsychological assessment of various mental disorders in adults, children, and adolescents. Learners review various neuropsychological screening and assessment instruments, clinical interviewing methods, and neuropsychological test batteries that are commonly used in the evaluation and assessment of neuropsychological disorders. Learners are introduced to functional neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, as well as to common syndromes and disease processes that can impair the human brain and central nervous system functioning. In addition, learners investigate the role of emotional functioning and effort within the context of the overall neuropsychological assessment process and gain an understanding of how to write a neuropsychological report. For PsyD learners only. Prerequisite(s): PSY8230. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY7320 *
Advanced Biological Psychology

Learners in this course examine the biological factors related to psychopathology. The course emphasizes research problems and methods currently being explored in biological psychology. Topics include the role of genetic factors in psychopathology, the influence of physical and emotional trauma on brain function, biological considerations in treatment planning, addictive phenomena, and other clinically relevant subjects. Prerequisite(s): PSY7310. Learners in the PsyD in School Psychology degree program are exempt from this prerequisite. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits

Faculty & support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment counselors

These experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.


Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.

Doctoral advising

Doctoral programs are specific and challenging. That’s why you’ll have access to expert support at every step along the road to your degree.

Career center

For this team, it’s more than resumes and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

School Psychology Insights

Difference Between School Counselors and School Psychologists

A side-by-side comparison of responsibilities, licensure, and degree requirements of school counselors and school psychologists.

Understanding the Differences Between Clinical and Non-Clinical Psychology

Learn how licensure, education methods, and workplaces differ in clinical vs. non-clinical psychology.

3 Fast-Growing Fields in Psychology

Learn more about I/O Psychology, Clinical and Counseling Psychology, and School Psychology.

PsyD in School Psychology Professional Paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online doctoral degree in school psychology.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Adjunct or part-time psychology faculty
  • Full-time psychology faculty
  • School psychologist
  • Diagnostician
  • Program evaluator/director
  • Administrator
  • Researcher
  • Consultant

Employment settings to explore

  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community college
  • P-12 public schools
  • P-12 private schools
  • Consulting firm
  • Private practice
  • Hospital
  • Government–state, federal
  • School system district office
  • Community mental health clinic

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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