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Graduate Bulletin

School Psychology, Ph.D.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: January 5


Application is for the Fall semester only.

Applications are evaluated together after the deadline has passed.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from former and current professors who can provide insight into the applicant's abilities and talents and can comment on the applicant's aptitude for graduate study.  If already working in the field, the applicant may include letters from professional colleagues.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

Prerequisites include Child Development, Elementary Statistics, General Psychology, and Learning Theory. If a student has not completed these courses as part of her/his undergraduate degree or through previous graduate coursework, s/he can take ED 5325:  Introduction to Statistics and Research, ED PSYCH 5531:  Learning Theories and Education, and/or ED PSYCH 5541:  Concepts in Human Development.

Master's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A master's degree is not required.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A baccalaureate degree is required.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals, which should indicate your goals and objectives in obtaining a Ph.D. degree, is typically 2-3 pages in length. It is evaluated against the program's mission. The statement should include the following elements: your reason for seeking a Ph.D. degree with a specific focus on the career to which you aspire; your research and practice interests; and your academic and job-related experiences that are relevant to the program.

Three supplementary essays are also required for the Ph.D. degree. One should answer the question:  "Why do you wish to become a school psychologist?"  The second should address:  "What do you perceive as the role and functions of the school psychologist?"  The third should respond to the query:  "What is your area of research interest?"

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE is required. It is expected that the scores will be no less than 1000 for the combined verbal and quantitative tests.

The GRE Subject Exam in Psychology is required.

Minimum TOEFL score or range of scores needed to be accepted: 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 100 internet-based.


Applicants who are considered qualified following an evaluation of their application materials are called in for an interview. Interviews are coordinated by a member of the Admission Committee and involve the participation of advanced graduate students.  Both group and individual Interviews are conducted.


A resume is required.

Writing Sample:

A writing sample may be required if the applicant is contacted for an interview.

Advanced Standing:

The advisor determines advanced standing during the student's first semester in the program by evaluating the credits the student has taken in accordance with the relevance to and requirements of the School Psychology Program. The maximum number of advanced standing credits awarded is 30.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 115 (30 credits Ed.M.; 85 credits Ph.D.)

Required Courses:

ED PSYCH 5529:  Tests and Measurements

ED PSYCH 8621:  Academic Assessment and Remediation

ED PSYCH 8627:  Introduction to Research Design

ED PSYCH 8735:  Proseminar in Learning

ED PSYCH 8741:  Proseminar in Human Development

ED PSYCH 8825:  Advanced Statistics

ED PSYCH 8980:  Seminar Series:  Problems in Educational Psychology

ED PSYCH 9991:  Apprenticeship in Educational Psychology

SCH PSYCH 5667:  Introduction to Cognitive Assessment

SCH PSYCH 5671:  Advanced Cognitive Assessment

SCH PSYCH 5672:  Personality and Psychotherapy

SCH PSYCH 5674:  Assessment of Personality and Behavior

SCH PSYCH 5676:  Applied Behavior Analysis

SCH PSYCH 8770:  Seminar:  Special Topics in School Psychology: Physiological Psychology

SCH PSYCH 8771:  Social Psychoogy of Education

SCH PSYCH 8772:  Seminar:  Role and Function of the School Psychologist

SCH PSYCH 8774:  Professional Issues and Literature in School Psychology

SCH PSYCH 8775:  Ethical and Legal Problems in School Psychoogy

SCH PSYCH 8777:  Psychotherapeutic Strategies

SCH PSYCH 9687:  Psychoeducational Clinic

SCH PSYCH 9688:  Clinical Supervision Seminar in School Psychology

SCH PSYCH 9787:  Practicum on Children with Low Incidence Disabilities

SCH PSYCH 9788:  Seminar on Children with Low Incidence Disabilities

SCH PSYCH 9876:  Organization and Supervision of School Psychological Services

SCH PSYCH 9885:  Internship in School Psychology


SCH PSYCH 9999:  Doctoral Dissertation

Two electives

Internship: An internship is required. A minimum of 1,500 hours of internship in an approved setting must be completed. A minimum of 600 hours must be in a school setting. The internship can be full-time for a year or half-time over two years.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Other Requirements:

All students are required to obtain clearances to work in the public schools.

Culminating Events:

Preliminary Examination:

The preliminary examination is an essay examination that covers key areas of Psychology and School Psychology to determine the student's competence and ability to explain key concepts. It tests the student's knowledge in four areas, including Scientific Psychology; Consultation and Intervention; Diagnosis and Remediation; and Role/Function and Ethical/Legal Considerations. The preliminary examination is taken after completion of all academic subjects except for the internship. It is offered over two weekends, with each section of the examination requiring two hours. The exam is administered and proctored at a time determined by the College of Education.

All School Psychology faculty participate in writing the exam by submitting questions. The professor who teaches a particular section edits the questions and submits them to the faculty at a meeting where the four areas of the exam are constructed. This faculty member grades each area. A passing grade in all four areas is required to pass the exam.


Students must submit a portfolio of professional work annually for review by the advisor.


The dissertation proposal demonstrates the student's knowledge of and ability to conduct the proposed research. Minimally, the proposal should contain the context and background surrounding a particular research problem; a survey and review of the literature to a sufficient degree to provide the reader with enough information to understand why the research is being conducted; a detailed methodological plan for investigating the problem; and a proposed timeline for completing the dissertation. The Doctoral Advisory Committee must approve the student's proposal, which is presented at a formal proposal defense.


The doctoral dissertation is an original piece of scholarship that makes a significant contribution to the field of School Psychology. A majority of the dissertations in the program are empirical, typically using statistical analysis as the means of completing the data collection process. Other types of scholarship (e.g., those utilizing more qualitative approaches or those employing theoretical or philosophical analysis of educational issues) may be acceptable. A successful dissertation will be publishable in a refereed journal.

The Doctoral Advisory Committee oversees all aspects of the student's dissertation from the proposal to the oral defense.  It is composed of three members of the Graduate Faculty.  A member of the School Psychology faculty typically chairs the committee. At least one faculty member from outside the program must be on the committee. The student chooses her/his committee in consultation with the selected chair. A student may petition for a change of chairperson or member of the Doctoral Advisory Committee. This petition must be approved by the Chair of the Department of Psychological Studies in Education and by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Study. Complete details about the dissertation process are available in the College of Education Dissertation Handbook, which is available from the Dean's office.

The Dissertation Examining Committee evaluates the student's dissertation and oral defense.  It is composed of the three members of the Doctoral Advisory Committee plus two additional faculty members. One must be from a program outside of School Psychology. One member may be assigned by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Study.  The Dissertation Examining Committee evaluates the dissertation and the student's ability to defend it. The committee votes to pass or fail the dissertation. The outcome of the defense is determined by majority vote.

Students who are preparing to defend their dissertation must confirm a date and time with the Dissertation Examining Committee. Notification of the date and time must then be submitted on the appropriate College form to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Study no less than 3 weeks prior to the oral defense. The announcement of the oral defense will be sent by the Associate Dean to the Graduate School no less than 10 days prior to the defense. A copy of the announcement will be sent to each member of the Dissertation Examining Committee and will be posted on the bulletin board in the Office of Student Services of the College of Education.

Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

School Psychology Program
262 Ritter Annex
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Department Contacts:


Dr. Catherine Fiorello


Program Coordinator:

Dr. Catherine Fiorello



Dr. Joseph DuCette


About the Program

The School Psychology Program at Temple University follows a scientist-practitioner model. This model of training emphasizes that a school psychologist's basic skills are derived from a thorough understanding of the science of Psychology. Armed with this understanding of basic psychology, the school psychologist can adapt to changing professional demands and help determine the future of the profession.  The Doctoral Program in School Psychology has full accreditation by the American Psychological Association (APA) and is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 7 years

Campus Location:


Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered before and after 4:30 p.m. Students are also able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Department Information:

School Psychology Program
262 Ritter Annex
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Interdisciplinary Study:

Courses may be taken in the Psychology Department in the College of Liberal Arts and/or in Counseling Psychology, Educational Administration, and Curriculum, Instruction, Technology and Education (CITE) in the College of Education. Internships may be selected from a variety of approved sites throughout the local area and the United States.


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:



Not applicable.


The program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Areas of Specialization:

Areas of sub-specialization and faculty interest include Applied Behavior Analysis, Cognitive and Neuropsychological Assessment Theory and Practice, Behavior Management and the Management of Classroom Discipline, Low-Incidence Disabilities, Preschool Assessment and Practice, and Remediation of Learning Problems.

Job Placement:

Graduates are employed in universities, a variety of public and private schools, hospitals, agencies, research facilities, government and state agencies, and private practice.


Certification in School Psychology occurs after completion of the internship and the passing of the PRAXIS I and II Exam for Pennsylvania. Some states will certify without these examinations. Licensing as a psychologist in most states requires an additional post-doctoral year of supervision and passing the EPPP and a state licensure exam..

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students are not permitted to take degree courses.

Financing Opportunities

Assistantships are available. Students who wish to apply should submit an application to Dr. Jan Price Greenough, Graduate Programs Office, 150 Ritter Hall Annex, 1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19122.  Applications are found on the College of Education website at http://www.temple.edu/education/pdfs/assistantship-application.pdf.

Updated 3.11.09