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School Psychology Doctor of Psychology

Harold Abel School of Psychology


Total program credits needed for graduation: 145

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

Core Courses

29 Required Courses, 145 quarter credits

PSY8001† Orientation to Professional Psychology 5 quarter credits
PSY8331 Principles of School Psychology 5 quarter credits
PSY8335 Consultation and Collaboration in the School 5 quarter credits
PSY8338 Child and Adolescent Development for School Psychologists 5 quarter credits
PSY7320 Advanced Biological Psychology 5 quarter credits
PSY7421 Cognitive/Affective Psychology 5 quarter credits
PSY8332 Advanced Methods in School Psychology 5 quarter credits
PSY7540 Multicultural Perspectives in Human Behavior 5 quarter credits
PSY8220 Advanced Psychopathology 5 quarter credits
PSY8212 Childhood Mental Health, Counseling, and Crisis Intervention/Prevention 5 quarter credits
PSY7610 Tests & Measurements 5 quarter credits
PSY8233* Psychological Assessments for School Psychologists 1 5 quarter credits
PSY8234* Psychological Assessments for School Psychologists 2 5 quarter credits
PSY8235* Psychological Assessments for School Psychologists 3 5 quarter credits
PSY8230* Psychological Testing 5 quarter credits
PSY8251* Neuropsychological Assessments 5 quarter credits
PSY8337 Legal and Ethical Issues in the School 5 quarter credits
PSY8371 Strategies of Clinical Supervision and Consultation 5 quarter credits
PSY8375 Professional Development and Supervision of School Psychologists 5 quarter credits
PSY8501** Advanced Research Methods and Statistics for Professionals Psychology 5 quarter credits
PSY8960* School Psychology PsyD Practicum 1 5 quarter credits
PSY8961* School Psychology PsyD Practicum 2 5 quarter credits
PSY8962* School Psychology PsyD Internship 1 5 quarter credits
PSY8963*‡ School Psychology PsyD Internship 2 5 quarter credits
PSY8964* School Psychology PsyD Internship 3 5 quarter credits
PSY8965* School Psychology PsyD Internship 4 5 quarter credits

In addition, choose one of the following courses:

PSY5244 Play Therapy 1: The History and Systems of Play Therapy 5 quarter credits
PSY6095 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy 5 quarter credits
PSY7701 Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis 5 quarter credits
PSY7330 Psychopharmacology 5 quarter credits
PSY8110 The Psychology of Teaching 5 quarter credits
PSY8130 Adult Learner in the Classroom 5 quarter credits

Comprehensive Examination and Integrative Project Courses

PSY9965* School Psychology Doctoral Learner Comprehensive Examination 5 quarter credits
PSY9970* Doctoral School Psychology Integrative Project 5 quarter credits

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

**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.

†Learners in the PsyD in School Psychology degree program are required to complete the Dispositions Self-Assessment as a condition of continued enrollment in the program.

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

Arkansas residents are not eligible to enroll in this program.

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, other professional credential, or salary advancement. State licensing regulations and professional standards vary; learners are responsible for understanding and complying with the requirements of the state in which they intend to work. For more information, see the Licensure section for this program on Capella’s website. Teachers are advised to contact their school district to determine whether a program may qualify for salary advancement.

This program 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, residencies provide learning and community-building experiences in a stimulating scholarly environment. For this specialization, you must complete eight face-to-face residencies (PSY-R6591, PSY-R6592, PSY-R6593, PSY-R6594, PSY-R6595, PSY-R6596,PSY-R6597,PSY-R6599).

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 residencies. For this specialization, you are required to complete a minimum of 400 total practicum hours and 1500 internship hours.

What Can I Expect?

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.

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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 50 credits into this specialization.

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