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School Psychology Doctor of Psychology

Harold Abel School 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. 

What to Expect

  • Online & In Person
  • 21 Core Courses
  • 6 Residencies
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Practicum
  • Internship
  • Integrative Project

Classes Start April 9th

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.

Admissions Requirements »  | $50 Application Fee

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.

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.

Aligned & Accredited

Capella University’s Education Preparation Provider (EPP) unit is accredited based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards for a period of 8 years, from 10/22/2010 to 12/31/2018.*

* Capella University’s EPP is eligible for and will seek accreditation based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards during fall 2017/spring 2018. CAEP is the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation, and administers NCATE accreditation.

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. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  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
$525 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

Military service members and their spouses could be eligible for a discount.

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Employer Reimbursements

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to employees, even if there’s no formal program. Check with your manager or HR dept.

Accredited & Respected

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

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

Our doctoral curriculum is designed to give you 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. 

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
PSY8335 Consultation and Collaboration in the Schools
PSY8338 Child and Adolescent Development for School Psychologists
PSY8212 Childhood Mental Health, Counseling, and Crisis Intervention/Prevention
PSY8251 Neuropsychological Assessments
PSY7320 Advanced Biological Psychology

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 folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Doctoral Advising

A doctoral degree takes special effort. It's why we offer expert support at every step to keep you moving forward toward your goal.

Career Center

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

Relevant Blog Posts

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

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.

Move Forward in Your Career

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 faculty
  • Administrator
  • Consultant
  • Diagnostician
  • Full-time faculty
  • Program evaluator
  • Researcher
  • School psychologist

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Community college
  • Community mental health clinic
  • Consulting firm
  • Government—state, federal
  • Hospital
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • P-12 private school
  • P-12 public/private school
  • Private practice

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide.  Many factors determine what position an individual may attain, and Capella can’t guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

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