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School Psychology Overview

Syracuse University’s doctoral program in school psychology prepares students to engage in research and practice in order to meet the needs of children in schools and other child-related settings.  The School Psychology Program is committed to providing high-quality doctoral training that prepares students to meet the needs of children both directly and indirectly by working with parents, teachers, and other direct care providers.  In addition, the program offers broad and general doctoral education and training that includes preparation in health service psychology (HSP).  The program adheres to the scientist-practitioner training model.  Within this model, students are encouraged to be data-based problem solvers, to seek converging information when making professional decisions, and to evaluate the outcomes of their services, while engaging in actions that indicate respect for and understanding of cultural and individual differences and diversity.  The School Psychology Program at Syracuse University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA) [Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street, N.E., Washington, DC 20002-4242: (202) 336-5979] and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). In addition, completion of the program satisfies the current requirements for certification and licensure in New York State.

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

The student population of the School Psychology Program consists of individuals who have entered the program immediately after completion of an undergraduate degree and those students who have earned a Master's degree. Data on students' time to completion, program costs, attrition, internships, and licensure are collected and reported in keeping with requirements of programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. These education and training outcomes can be found here at this link: Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data.


The APA Committee on Accreditation may be contacted via:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202-336-5979
TDD/TTY: 202-336-6123

Research Training

Students are actively involved in research during their first semester of study at Syracuse University. All students are required to participate in a research group with a School Psychology faculty member from program entry to candidacy. Participation in these groups is designed to facilitate the development of research skills such as preparation of research proposals, ethical issues in research, preparation of requests to university human subjects committee and school district research committees, design and analysis issues, logistics of attaining participants for research, data gathering, and presentation of results both orally and in written manner. The School Psychology faculty members have a wide range of interests, as can be seen from reviewing the biographical sketches provided in the next section.

Financial Aid

As previously discussed, the Department of Psychology makes a determined effort to provide financial support for all graduate students in good standing. Support is obtained from a variety of sources, including teaching, clinical, and school-based assistantships. Assistantships for the 2015-16 academic year carry a stipend of $13,500 plus 24 hours of a tuition scholarship (at $1,388 per credit hour), which includes 6 credit hours to be used during the summer.

Contact Us

For more information about the program, please direct requests to: