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    Mar 08, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

School Psychology, Ph.D.


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Contact Information

College: Education
Department: Educational and Psychological Studies

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The Ph.D. degree program in School Psychology at the University of South Florida is offered through the College of Education’s Educational and Psychological Studies. The Program has been designed specifically for training in school psychology and has been developed to meet all relevant national accreditation standards. The Ph.D. program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association and fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists and the Florida Department of Education. Students who complete the School Psychology Training Program at USF automatically meet the academic and field training requirements for certification as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (N.C.S.P.).

The Ph.D. program in School Psychology is committed to training professionals who have expertise in the depth and diversity of both psychology and education. This training is accomplished within a scientist-practitioner model that emphasizes comprehensive school psychological services using a social and cognitive behavioral learning theory orientation that recognizes the impact of children’s individual differences and the importance of multicultural awareness and skills. Graduates of the Ph.D. program move to positions of employment as university faculty and researchers, as psychologists in school, hospital, and agency settings, and as program leaders in applied settings. The program also offers professional development opportunities for practitioners in the field.

Accreditation
Accredited by the American Psychological Association, and Approved by the National Association of School Psychologists.

Major Research Areas
Pediatric School Psychology, Organizational Development and Consultation, Academic Assessment and Intervention, Problem-Solving and Response to Intervention, Multi-Tiered System of Supports, School-Based Mental Health Services, Positive Psychology, Professional and Practice Issues in School Psychology, Behavioral Interventions.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

The School Psychology program admission only occurs in the fall.  This is a limited access program, which means that only a limited number of students are able to be accepted each year.  Students are considered for this degree on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact the Graduate Coordinator prior to applying.

Required Admissions Materials

A complete application includes the following:

If invited for an interview, present self professionally in an oral interview with two or more faculty members and graduate students.

 

  • GRE Scores (Note: Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing scores are required)
  • Statement of professional goals.  In a 2-3 page statement, explain your immediate, intermediate, and long term goals, as well as your research interests.  Professional goals and research interests must be compatible with the School Psychology Program.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professionals who are familiar with your scholarship and work history.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write professionally by submitteing a scholarly paper completed as part of your prior coursework.

Curriculum Requirements


Total Minimum Hours - 36 credit hours post-specialist

  • Core - 12 Credit Hours
  • Additional Required Courses - 11 Credit Hours
  • Area of Emphasis - may require additional coursework beyond the 36 credit hours
  • Practicum/Internship - 4 Credit Hours Minimum
  • Dissertation - 9 Credit Hours Minimum

Note: Students may be required to take additional hours depending on the course of study and/or academic deficiencies.

Core Requirements (12 Credit Hours)


Additional Required Courses (11 Credit Hours)


Area of Emphasis (May Require Additional Coursework)


All doctoral students in School Psychology must specialize in at least one Area of Emphasis. An area of emphasis is defined by course work, practice, research, and internship experiences taken by the student. Possible Areas of Emphasis include, but are not limited to: Pediatric School Psychology, Organizational Development and Consultation, Academic Assessment and Intervention, Problem-Solving and Response to Intervention, Multi-Tiered System of Supports, School-Based Mental Health Services, Positive Psychology, Professional and Practice Issues in School Psychology, Behavioral Interventions.

Previous coursework may be used to satisfy this requiremente.  Additional courses may be required by the student’s Doctoral Committee.

Qualifying Examination


The purpose of the qualifying examination is to evaluate the student’s ability to apply and synthesize the skills and knowledge acquired during graduate study. Students must successfully complete the qualifying examination and complete all required coursework before admission to doctoral candidacy.

Tests or Examinations


All students must complete the General Knowledge Exam  prior to internship. It is recommended that students take both the General Knowledge Examination and the Professional Education Examination (required for degree completion) at the same time. Both of these requirements should be completed as a part of the Ed.S. Degree. All students are required to take and pass the FTCE School Psychology subject area exam and the National Association of School Psychology Certification Exam (PRAXIS) during the internship year, prior to graduation.

Residency Requirement


Academic residency is defined as registration for at least 9 semester hours, two semesters in a 12-month period.

Practicum and Internship (4 Credit Hours)


Dissertation (9 Credit Hours Minimum)


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