Priority Admission Application Deadlines: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors
Minimum Total Hours: 84 (post-masters)
Program Status: Active
CIP Code: 42.2805
Dept. Code: EDF
Major/College Codes: DSG ED
Department: Educational and Psychological Studies
Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors
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.
Accredited by NCATE, and 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, School-Based Mental Health Services, Positive Psychology, Behavior Disorders, Home-School Collaboration, Gender-Related Issues in Education and Adolescent Development, and ADHD.
Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.
Admission occurs once each year for the Fall class. The School Psychology program is a limited access program. This means that only a limited number of students are able to be accepted each year
For all admission, all programs require earned degrees from regionally accredited institutions. International students are also required to submit passing TOEFL scores
Prerequisite Coursework for Admission
- An undergraduate (or graduate) course in Statistics
- An undergraduate (or graduate) course in Tests and Measurements (including issues such as reliability, validity, standard error of measurement, etc.)
- An undergraduate (or graduate) course in Research Methods or Experimental Design with a lab component.
Required Admissions Materials
- All admissions materials should be submitted directly to our program. A complete application includes the following:
- A completed Application to Graduate Studies. All applications must be submitted online and can be located on our program website: http://www.usf.edu/education/schoolpsych/
- The application fee - payable by credit card.
- Submit official GRE scores (Note: Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing scores are required; scores should not be more than 5 years old).
- Provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities where you have completed coursework. Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher in upper division level undergraduate coursework.
- Provide a 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.
- Submit three letters of recommendation from professionals who are familiar with your scholarship and work history.
- Demonstrate the ability to write professionally by submitting a scholarly paper completed as part of your prior course work.
- If invited for an interview, a) present self professionally in an oral interview with two or more faculty members and graduate students, and b) provide a writing sample related to a relevant topic to the field of school psychology during the interview process.