The School of Psychology offers two tracks for the school psychology doctoral degree: a five year full-time program for applicants with a bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field and an advanced program for those who already have a master’s degree and the certification in school psychology.
School Psychology (Five-year Psy.D.)
The five-year school psychology doctoral program is an integration of theoretical and foundational knowledge and applied professional training for those committed to working with children and adolescents in schools and school-related settings. Graduates of the program also serve in leadership roles as well as in academic settings. The program prepares students for certification in school psychology and eligibility for licensure as a psychologist.
The program is a full-time program. Stipends supporting half tuition are available for highly qualified students. The granting of a tuition stipend requires a commitment of 12 hours per week as a research assistant. Classroom experiences are integrated with field-based experiences in a multitude of settings, beginning in the first semester of study. Classes are held in late afternoon and evening, providing ample opportunity for practicum and research. The program’s electric orientation and wide range of course work provides education in research, consultation, assessment, prevention, program evaluation, neuropsychology and psychopharmacology. There are opportunities for students to work closely with program faculty to develop specialized areas of interest and research. During their fourth year of study, students are expected to complete a doctoral dissertation in an area relevant to school psychology. Students are also expected to successfully complete a comprehensive examination and the PRAXIS exam in school psychology.
The program culminates in a yearlong internship in a school or related clinical setting. Students are encouraged to apply for APA-approved internships.
Advanced Psy.D. School Psychology
Fairleigh Dickinson University's Advanced Psy.D. program in School Psychology is an innovative, applied professional psychology program that leads to the Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree.
The program's emphasis is on providing students with practical skills directly applicable to their daily work with children, youth and families. Established in the fall of 1997, the program builds upon the master's degree training and experiences of each student. Its goal is to prepare professionals who will be leaders in the design, evaluation, provision and supervision of comprehensive mental health and psychoeducational services to children, youth and families.
The program prepares students for eligibility for licensure for independent practice. Graduates are able to practice in a wide variety of settings, including schools, mental health clinics, child and family agencies, pediatric hospitals, vocational and rehabilitation agencies, educational programs in business and industry, juvenile justice facilities, colleges and universities, and private practice.
This is a year-round, full-time program. However students are able to both work and pursue the degree, since classes are held in late afternoons and evenings. The vast majority of Psy.D. students work as full time school psychologists in schools in close geographical distance to FDU. Individuals entering the program with school psychology certification typically complete the course work portion of the program in two years (including summer sessions).
After completing the required course work, students complete a doctoral dissertation, which may be in the form of an original applied clinical investigation, program evaluation, case study, meta-analysis, or validation of a test or clinical procedure.
The program culminates in a year-long internship that can be arranged in a variety of educational and behavioral health care settings that meet the standards set forth by the APA, National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology and Council of Directors of School of Psychology Programs. Students also are encouraged to apply for American Psychological Association (APA) - approved internships.
Fairleigh Dickinson University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.