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School Psychology, Doctor of Psychology

Psychology

Overview

The School Psychology Psy.D. Program is fully APA-accredited, as of April 2007, by the American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, D.C., 20002-4242, tel. (202) 336-5979. The School Psychology Psy.D. program is also fully approved/accredited, until December 2023, by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). The School Psychology Psy.D. program is also approved by the ASPPB/National Register.

The program offers both a general track and a bilingual track of study. A listing of program requirements for each track is accessible in Courses section below.

Read our frequently asked questions about the program, admissions, financial aid, and more within the Psychology Department.

Department Faculty

Please see a list of our Psychology faculty.

Department Contact

Marlene Sotelo-Dynega, Psy.D.
Program Director, School Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology
[email protected]

Diane Spitz
Academic Support Assistant
718-990-6433
[email protected]

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Admission

For admittance to the program, applicants must:

  • Possess a baccalaureate degree
  • Satisfy the department that his or her undergraduate preparation indicates a high potential for successful advanced study in psychology
  • Submit transcripts of undergraduate and any prior graduate work
  • Have completed a minimum of 24 undergraduate credits in psychology, including courses in Introductory Psychology, Statistics, and a laboratory course
  • Submit three to five letters of recommendation, one of which must be from an individual who will address the matter of the applicant's research potential
  • Submit two papers from psychology courses: one a laboratory paper and one a term paper
  • Provide a clearly written statement of educational and professional goals
  • Submit acceptable scores from the Graduate Record Examinations (general)
  • Complete an interview process with the departmental admissions committee
  • Students currently matriculated for a master's degree at St. John's University who are interested in the University's doctoral programs must follow the procedure outlined for new applicants.
  • Students who have a Masters in School Psychology and a permanent or provisional certification in school psychology can apply for advanced standing status. 
  • The application deadline for the School Psychology Psy.D. Program is December 31.
  • Students accepted for admission to a doctoral program with any course deficiencies must remove these deficiencies prior to matriculation.

Prior to beginning required supervised clinical hours at the University Clinics and external clinical placement sites, students will be required to undergo and successfully pass a Criminal Background Check, at a cost of approximately $100.  For more information, please consult the current Graduate Bulletin.

Advanced Standing applicants, please note:

The Advanced Standing program is highly competitive and is for students who have already earned their master’s degree in school psychology. Only one or two students are admitted into this program per year, and in some years no students are admitted. Applicants may choose to apply to the full Psy.D. general track, 105-credit program. The vast majority of courses for students in the advanced standing track are taught in the late afternoon/early evening. Some specific courses (i.e., Statistics) have been taught earlier during the day. This is important for advanced standing applicants to consider when applying for the program.

Assistantships

The University awards some Doctoral Fellowships annually to qualified graduate students. Doctoral fellows are generally appointed to the Department of Psychology where they work eighteen hours per week in support of faculty research. Additional assistantships are available in both academic and non-academic departments throughout the University. The University requires recipients to maintain a full-time course of study, and work in their respective department. The assistantships provide tuition remission and sometimes, a stipend. Recipients are prohibited from outside employment for the duration of their contract with the University.

Interested students must complete the Application for Graduate Assistantships/Doctoral Fellowships. Two letters of recommendation are required. Generally, Graduate Assistants have been selected based on academic achievement. Individual departments may have specific criteria for the consideration of assistants; the applicant should contact the Graduate Division of St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for more information.

Applicants for assistantships must also complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application; both forms are available in the Office of Financial Aid.

For further information about fellowships and assistantships at St. John's University please visit Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships.

Courses

The Psy.D. program requires the satisfactory completion of 105 credits, a comprehensive examination, the clinical competencies comprehensive examination, the PRAXIS II Examination, a doctoral dissertation, and a year-long internship.

  1. General Track
  2. Bilingual Track
  3. Advanced Standing

General Track

First Year Fall Semester

608Statistical Design in Research3 credits
661Psychoeducational Assessment I3 credits
665Introduction to School Psychology3 credits
617Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior3 credits
Total credits completed12 credits

First Year Spring Semester

614Multivariate Analysis for Psychological Research3 credits
662Psychoeducational Assessment II3 credits
666Interviewing Skills for Counseling and Consultation3 credits
671Child & Adolescent Personality Assessment I3 credits
Total credits completed after the first year24 credits

First Year Summer Semester (Optional)

761Psychological Assessment Practicum I3 credits
 Note: Students may take PSY 761 in the summer following the completion of their first year in order to assist with studies and other University-approved sites for external practica. 

Second Year Fall Semester

715Assessment, Diagnosis, & Remediation of Learning Disabilities3 credits
Either 726
or 727
Psychopathology Across the Lifespan I
Psychopathology Across the Lifespan II
3 credits
761Psychological Assessment Practicum I3 credits
749Behavior Therapy: Assessment, Treatment & Consultation3 credits
722Social Basis of Behavior3 credits
Total credits completed39 credits

Second Year Spring Semester

759Psychometrics3 credits
648Physiological Psychology3 credits
716Psychoeducational Consultation3 credits
Either 726
or 727
Psychopathology Across the Lifespan I
Psychopathology Across the Lifespan II
3 credits
762Psychological Assessment Practicum II3 credits
Total credits completed after the second year54 credits

Second Year Summer Semester

763 School Psychology Intervention Practicum I3 Credits
850 Cognitive Psychotherapies3 Credits
Total Credits Completed60 Credits
Note: PSY 761, 762, and 763 - Students will work in the Center for Psychological Services and Clinical Studies and other University-approved sites for external practica. 

Third Year Fall Semester

615Research Methods in School Psychology3 credits
752School Psychology Internship Seminar I: Professional Issues3 credits
624Developmental Psychology3 credits
764School Psychology Intervention Practicum II3 credits
Total credits completed72 credits

Third Year Spring Semester

105Comprehensive Examination0 credits
627Cultural Diversity in Psychological Services3 credits
753School Psychology Internship Seminar II: Psychological Interventions3 credits
765School Psychology Intervention Practicum III3 credits
Elective3 credits
Total credits completed after the third year84 credits
Note: PSY 752 and 753 - Students will be required to spend three days per week in a school setting working under a Certified School Psychologist who is also a Licensed Psychologist. The Praxis School Psychologist Examination and the Comprehensive Examination are taken during this semester. Students will receive the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in School Psychology at the end of the third year if they pass the Praxis School Psychologist Examination and the Comprehensive Examination.  

Fourth Year Fall Semester

650History and Systems3 credits
754School Psychology Seminar III: Supervision and Advanced Clinical Interventions to meet the Mental Health Needs of Students and Field Placement3 credits
Elective3 credits
Total credits completed after the third year93 credits
Note: PSY 754 and 755 - Students will be required to spend three days per week in a clinical setting working under a Licensed Psychologist (doctoral level). Students must successfully defend their dissertation proposals by December 1 of their fourth year to qualify for the fifth year internship.  

Fourth Year Spring Semester

Elective3 credits
755School Psychology Internship Seminar IV: Exploration of Current Research and Controversies in School Psychology and Field Placement3 credits
ELECTIVE3 credits
950Doctoral Research3 credits
Total credits completed after the fourth year105 credits

Fifth Year Fall Semester

905Internship I0 credits
950Doctoral Research*
Total credits completed105 credits

* Students must take Psy 950 each semester until they complete their degree. However, they only receive 3 credits toward the degree. They will pay 3 credits until the dissertation is completed except for semesters when they are on internship when they will pay 1 credit.

Fifth Year Spring Semester

906Internship0 credits
950Doctoral Research*
Total credits completed after the fifth year105 credits

* Students must take Psy 950 each semester until they complete their degree. However, they only receive 3 credits toward the degree. They will pay 3 credits until the dissertation is completed except for semesters when they are on internship when they will pay 1 credit.

Bilingual Track

The curriculum requirements for the School Psychology Bilingual track meet the requirements for Bilingual Certification by the New York State Department of Education in the following manner:

Twelve courses (36 credits) in the general school psychology program are also required of students in the bilingual program.

The following four courses in the program were altered to reflect material required by the New York State Department of Education for Bilingual Certification:

  1. Developmental Psychology (PSY 624) includes extensive discussion of cross-cultural perspectives in child development.
  2. Interviewing and Case Formulation (PSY 666) includes readings in counseling and interviewing culturally diverse children.
  3. Child and Adolescent Personality Assessment I (PSY 671) includes instruction on the use of personality tests and their standardization with African American and Hispanic youth.
  4. School Psychology Internship Seminar I (PSY 752B) includes instruction on the State Education Department’s regulations concerning the assessment and placement of bilingual children.

Practicum I & II (PSY 761B & 762B) provides students in their second year (prior to their internship) practicum experience in serving bilingual children and their families. These courses are similar in structure to the courses taken by the general School Psychology program (PSY 761 & 762), except that students in these courses are typically supervised by a bilingual school psychologist and are trained to provide school psychological services to bilingual children and their families.

Three courses (9 credits) are also required for students in the bilingual program. These include:

  • PSY 627 Cultural Diversity in Psychological Services
  • PSY 662B Psychoeducational Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children
  • PSY 729 Psycholinguistics and the Practice of School Psychology with Bilingual Populations

Certification as a Bilingual Psychologist

To obtain certification as a bilingual school psychologist in NY State, a student must take and pass the Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA). It is the student’s responsibility to register for this exam on his/her own. The BEA assesses knowledge and skills in the foundations of bilingual education, listening and reading comprehension, and written and oral expression. Offered in the target language of the certificate extension sought, it consists of multiple-choice questions, audio-taped listening and speaking components in English and the target language and reading and writing components in the target language. For more information about the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations, including online test registration, study guides, testing schedules, and more, go to: www.nystce.nesinc.com.

Enrollment in the Bilingual Track

Students must obtain approval from the Program Director to enroll in the bilingual track. This decision must be made prior to the second semester in the program (during the fall semester of the first year). Enrollment in the bilingual track is not contingent upon passing the BEA. Students are expected to take the BEA exam only if they want to receive the bilingual credential in New York State. Those who chose not to take the BEA can still utilize the bilingual training in their practice as school psychologists.

First Year Fall Semester 
608Statistical Design in Research3 credits
661Psychoeducational Assessment I3 credits
665Introduction to School Psychology3 credits
617Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior3 credits
Total credits completed12 credits

First Year Spring Semester

614Multivariate Analysis for Psychological Research3 credits
662BPsychoeducational Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children3 credits
666Interviewing Skills for Counseling and Consultation3 credits
671Child & Adolescent Personality Assessment I3 credits
Total credits completed after the first year24 credits
Note: Students may take PSY 761 in the summer following the completion of their first year in order to assist with studies and other University-approved sites for external practica. 

Second Year Fall Semester

715Assessment, Diagnosis, & Remediation of Learning Disabilities3 credits
Either 726
or 727
Psychopathology Across the Lifespan I
Psychopathology Across the Lifespan II
3 credits
761BPsychological Assessment Practicum I - Bilingual3 credits
749Behavior Therapy: Assessment, Treatment & Consultation3 credits
729Psycholinguistics & Practice of School Psychologists with Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Populations3 credits
Total credits completed39 credits

Second Year Spring Semester

659Psychological Measurement & Scaling3 credits
648Physiological Psychology3 credits
716Psychoeducational Consultation3 credits
Either 726
or 727
Psychopathology Across the Lifespan I
Psychopathology Across the Lifespan II
3 credits
762BPsychological Assessment Practicum II - Bilingual3 credits
Total credits completed after the second year54 credits

Second Year Summer Semester

763 School Psychology Intervention Practicum I3 credits
850 Cognitive Psychotherapies3 credits
Total credits completed60 credits
Note: PSY 761, 762, and 763 - Students will work in the Center for Psychological Services and Clinical Studies and other University-approved sites for external practica.  

Third Year Fall Semester

615Research Methods in School Psychology3 credits
752BBilingual School Psychology Internship Seminar I: Professional Issues3 credits
624Developmental Psychology3 credits
764School Psychology Intervention Practicum II3 credits
Total credits completed72 credits
Third Year Spring Semester
105Comprehensive Examination0 credits
627Cultural Diversity in Psychological Services3 credits
753School Psychology Internship Seminar II: Psychological Interventions3 credits
765Psychological Intervention Practicum III3 credits
Elective3 credits
Total credits completed after the third year84 credits
Note: PSY 752 and 753 - Students will be required to spend three days per week in a school setting working under a Certified School Psychologist who is also a Licensed Psychologist. The Praxis School Psychologist Examination and the Comprehensive Examination are taken during this semester. Students will receive the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in School Psychology at the end of the third year if they pass the Praxis School Psychologist Examination and the Comprehensive Examination.  
Fourth Year Fall Semester
722Social Basis of Behavior3 credits
754School Psychology Internship Seminar III3 credits
Elective3 credits
Total credits completed after the third year93 credits
Note: PSY 754 and 755 - Students will be required to spend three days per week in a clinical setting working under a Licensed Psychologist (doctoral level). Students must successfully defend their dissertation proposals by December 1 of their fourth year to qualify for the fifth year internship.  
Fourth Year Spring Semester
105DComprehensive Examination0 credits
650History and Systems3 credits
755School Psychology Internship Seminar IV3 credits
Elective3 credits
950Doctoral Research3 credits
Total credits completed after the fourth year105 credits
Fifth Year Fall Semester
905Internship I0 credits
950Doctoral Research*
Total credits completed105 credits

* Students must take Psy 950 each semester until they complete their degree. However, they only receive 3 credits toward the degree. They will pay 3 credits until the dissertation is completed except for semesters when they are on internship when they will pay 1 credit.

Fifth Year Spring Semester
906Internship II0 credits
950Doctoral Research*
Total credits completed after the fifth year105 credits

* Students must take Psy 950 each semester until they complete their degree. However, they only receive 3 credits toward the degree. They will pay 3 credits until the dissertation is completed except for semesters when they are on internship when they will pay 1 credit.

Advanced Standing

Students admitted with a master's degree in School Psychology and a permanent or provisional certification in school psychology can be admitted with advanced standing. These students will be required to take 50 credits at minimum. If the student’s masters did not include courses that are required for licensure as a psychologist in New York State, the student will be required to substitute these courses for his or her electives. In addition, the student’s elective courses may be used to take courses that the Program Director deems were deficient or absent in their School Certification education. They must take courses that exist in our program if they did not have equivalent courses in their masters/certification program. Courses required for licensure include: Social (Psy 722) or Cross-Cultural (Psy 625); Cognition (Psy 617); Physiological (Psy 648) or Biological bases; Scaling and Measurement (Psy 659); and Research Methods (Psy 615).

Advanced Standing Track Course Schedule

First Year Summer Semester

763School Psychology Intervention Practicum I3 credits
850Cognitive Psychotherapies3 credits
Total credits completed6 credits
Note: Students will work in the Center for Psychological Services and Clinical Studies and other University-approved sites for external practica. 

First Year Fall Semester 

608Statistical Design in Research3 credits
624Developmental Psychology3 credits
650History and Systems3 credits
764Psychological Intervention Practicum II3 credits
Total credits completed18 credits

First Year Spring Semester 

614Multivariate Analysis for Psychological Research3 credits
Elective3 credits
627Cultural Diversity in Psychological Services3 credits
765Psychological Intervention Practicum III3 credits
Total credits completed after the first year30 credits
Note: PSY 764 and 765 - Students will be required to spend three days per week in a clinical setting working under a Licensed Psychologist (doctoral level).  

Second Year Fall Semester

754School Psychology Internship Seminar III3 credits
Elective3 credits
Elective3 credits
Total credits completed39 credits

Second Year Spring Semester 

755School Psychology Internship Seminar IV3 credits
950Doctoral Research3 credits
Elective3 credits
Total credits completed after the second year48 credits
Note: PSY 754 and 755 - Students will be required to spend three days per week in a clinical setting working under a Licensed Psychologist (doctoral level). Students must have successfully defended their dissertation proposal by December 1 of their second year in the program to be permitted to go on internship the following year.  

Third Year Fall Semester

905School Psychology Doctoral Internship I0 credits
950Doctoral Research1 credit (on internship) / 3 credits (not on internship)
Total credits completed49 credits

Third Year Spring Semester

906School Psychology Doctoral Internship II0 credits
950Doctoral Research1 credit (on internship) / 3 credits (not on internship)
Total credits completed after the third year50 credits
Note: Students must take PSY 950 each semester until they complete their degree. However, they only receive three credits toward the degree. They will pay three credits until the dissertation is completed except for semester when they are on internship, when they will pay one credit.  

Career Outcomes

In accordance with the Vincentian mission of St. John¹s University and the 11 stated training goals for the Graduate Programs in School Psychology, the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) Program in School Psychology specifically aims to prepare doctoral candidates to be:

  • Psychologists who can review the theoretical and empirical literature on a professional topic and draw conclusions concerning how research will drive professional practice.
  • Psychologists who can conceptualize psychological problems of children, and adolescents and their families, and construct professional assessment or treatment plans to resolve their problems.
  • Psychologists who can answer professional questions with the collection of empirical data.
  • Psychologists who can develop programs that meet the educational and mental health needs of children and their families.
  • Psychologists who can base all professional activities on sound scientific theory and data.
  • Psychologists who can perform all professional activities with the highest professional standards in compliance with ethical principles.
  • Psychologists who can be committed to service to the community.
  • Psychologists who can appreciate and consider the diversity of social and cultural experiences that influence human behavior.

For more information about who are school psychologists, please visit the NASP website.