School Psychology PhD

Research student learning processes and development through the School Psychology PhD in Temple’s College of Education. Sharpen your clinical and research skills while preparing to overcome obstacles and lead the evolution of the profession. Graduates typically enter faculty positions or pursue careers as researchers of school psychology in academic settings.

You may also become a certified school psychologist in Pennsylvania and New Jersey through this comprehensive degree. The program follows a scientist-practitioner model, which emphasizes that a thorough theoretical understanding of the science of psychology is needed to master practical competencies in the field. As a doctoral student, you’ll partner with faculty mentors to embark on research studies, co-author articles and present at conferences.

Temple’s School Psychology PhD provides a diverse, inclusive learning environment with a focus on social justice. The program is committed to serving underserved and marginalized populations in the community. Temple’s urban environment provides a multitude of hands-on learning opportunities for students within diverse populations. You’ll take both daytime and evening classes and complete one year of full-time residency as part of the program.

Quality of Research

School Psychology PhD students have multiple opportunities to work with faculty on research studies. Faculty researchers are funded by high profile organizations like the Gates Foundation, the Fogarty International Center of the National Institute of Health, and the Society for the Study of School Psychology. Learn more about research in the College of Education

Related Graduate Degrees

The School Psychology PhD is geared towards students who want to pursue careers as faculty members or researchers in the field. If you are interested in pursuing a career as a practitioner in a school-based setting, you might consider the

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Doctor of Philosophy program offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2017–2018 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $898.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,231.00 per credit

Student Clubs & Organizations

Find peer support and leadership opportunities while tackling the challenges of your program. Doctor of Philosophy students can join the

  • Graduate Student Organization of the College of Education, which runs community-based events like school supply drives as well as professional development workshops and activities. The organization upholds a strong commitment to social justice, regularly organizing political events and engaging in projects with community partners; and the
  • Temple Association of School Psychologists, a student organization that plans social hours and organizes volunteer opportunities for students. They also co-sponsor a yearly school psychology conference with the School District of Philadelphia and with the Association of School Psychologists in Pennsylvania. This event attracts school psychologists and mental health professionals from all over the region. Past speakers have included Laurence Steinberg, Marsha Levick and MK Asante.

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