Accredited Doctoral Degree Programs in School Psychology

If you're looking to make the most of a career in school psychology, then it's highly advisable to earn a doctoral degree. The doctoral degree is the highest degree awarded within the field of psychology. It has also been set as the minimum credential for working as a psychology practitioner, teaching at a university, or being involved in research. The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is the most common doctoral psychology degree, but there is another option. Some psychologists pursue a Psy.D. instead of a Ph.D. The Psy.D is an applied degree that emphasizes practical training aimed at preparing students for a career as a practitioner. The Ph.D. emphasizes psychology theory and research methodology. While either degree will qualify an individual to practice psychology, the Ph.D. is the better option for students who think they may want to be involved in research or pursue a career in higher education.

Why a Doctoral Degree?

In most career fields, a doctoral degree is reserved for those professionals who want to position themselves as an expert, perform research, or teach at a four-year university. A doctoral degree in psychology also prepares students for career opportunities in research and higher education, however, it is also a requirement for licensure. Today, all fifty states in the nation require psychologists to have a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or Psy.D) before they can apply to receive a license. But even if you plan on working in the private sector as a business consultant or organizational-industrial psychologist, having a doctoral degree is very advantageous. On average, psychology professionals with a doctoral degree receive higher pay and have more career advancement opportunities than psychology professionals with only a bachelor's or master's degree – this is especially true for school psychologists working in the education system.

Earning a Doctoral Degree in Psychology

The only prerequisite to apply to graduate school to earn a doctoral in psychology is having a bachelor's degree in psychology or a closely related field of study. Earning a master's degree in psychology may be helpful when trying to get into a top Ph.D. program, but ultimately unecessary as most program only require a bachelor's degree. A few schools offer accelerated doctoral degree programs for student entering with a master's degree in psychology.

The Doctorate in School Psychology

School psychology is one of the largest psychology subfields – and it is growing. As our nation has recognized the importance of early childhood education and its impact on society more resources have been allocated toward the development and training of our youth and young adults. School psychologists address the emotional, social, learning and mental-health issues relating to learning and development. Below you'll find a list of the APA accredited schools offering school psychology doctoral programs. Listings include information on the school locations, accreditation status, how long they have been accredited, and when the next accreditation site visit is scheduled.


University at Albany, State University of New York (PsyD)
(formerly listed as State University of New York at Albany)
School of Education
Albany, NY 12222
September 18, 1992
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

Alfred University (PsyD)
Division of Counseling and School Psychology
Alfred, NY 14802-1205
October 13, 2000
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2014

University of Arizona (PhD)
Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies
Tucson, AZ 85721
October 19, 1979
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2016

Arizona State University (PhD)
Mary Lou Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education
Tempe, AZ 85287-0611
April 30, 1982
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

Ball State University (PhD)
Department of Educational Psychology
Muncie, IN 47306
May 3, 1985
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

University of California, Berkeley (PhD)
Graduate School of Education
Berkeley, CA 94720
November 25, 1980
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2014

University of California, Riverside (PhD)
Graduate School of Education
Riverside, CA 92521
February 24, 2004
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

University of Central Arkansas (PhD)
Department of Psychology and Counseling
Conway, AR 72035
November 11, 2005
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

Central Michigan University (PhD)
Department of Psychology
College of Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
October 12, 2001
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

City University of New York, Graduate Center (PhD)
Graduate School and University Center
New York, NY 10016
December 8, 2000
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

University of Connecticut (PhD)
Department of Educational Psychology
Neag School of Education
Storrs, CT 06269
May 1, 2001
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

Duquesne University (PhD)
Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
October 19, 2007
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

University of Florida (PhD)
College of Education
Department of Special Education, School Psychology & Early Childhood Studies
Gainesville, FL 32611-7047
October 28, 1997
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

Fordham University (PhD)
Division of Psychological and Educational Services
New York, NY 10023
October 25, 1983
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

University of Georgia (PhD)
Department of Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology
Athens, GA 30602
September 27, 1983
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

Georgia State University (PhD)
Department of Counseling and Psychological Services
Atlanta, GA 30302
May 1, 1979
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

Hofstra University (PsyD)
Program in School-Community Psychology
Department of Psychology
Hempstead, NY 11549
March 18, 2003
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015


University of Houston (PhD)
Department of Educational Psychology
Houston, TX 77204
June 3, 2009
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2014

Illinois State University (PhD)
Department of Psychology
Normal, IL 61790-4620
April 7, 1998
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

Indiana State University (PhD)
Department of Communications Disorders and Counseling, School,
& Educational Psychology
Terre Haute, IN 47809
June 20, 1980
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

Indiana University'Bloomington (PhD)
School of Education
Bloomington, IN 47405
April 20, 1983
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

University of Iowa (PhD)
Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations
Iowa City, IA 52242
March 31, 1992
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

University of Kansas (PhD)
Department of Psychology and Research in Education
Lawrence, KS 66045
March 9, 1983
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

Kent State University (PhD)
School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences
Kent, OH 44242
May 1, 1984
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

University of Kentucky (PhD)
Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology
Lexington, KY 40506-0017
February 18, 1986
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

Lehigh University (PhD)
Department of Education and Human Services
Bethlehem, PA 18015-4792
October 12, 1990
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

Louisiana State University (PhD)
Department of Psychology
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
March 3, 2000
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

University of Maryland'College Park (PhD)
Department of Counseling and Personnel Services
College Park, MD 20742-1125
February 28, 1984
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

University of Massachusetts'Amherst (PhD)
Department of Student Development and Pupil Personnel Services
Amherst, MA 01003
April 8, 1992
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

McGill University (PhD)
School-Applied Child Psychology Program 
Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1B1
Canada
May 22, 1998
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

Michigan State University (PhD)
Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education
East Lansing, MI 48824
October 25, 1985
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

University of Minnesota (PhD)
Department of Educational Psychology
College of Education and Human Development
Minneapolis, MN 55455
May 1, 1972
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

Mississippi State University (PhD)
Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology
Mississippi, MS 39762
December 10, 1996
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2014

University of Missouri'Columbia (PhD)
Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology
Columbia, MO 65211
February 5, 1999
Accredited, on probation (Appealable)
Next site visit scheduled Fall 2013

University of Nebraska'Lincoln (PhD)
Department of Educational Psychology
Lincoln, NE 68588
December 5, 1980
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

New York University (PhD)
Department of Applied Psychology
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
New York, NY 10003
April 13, 1979
Accredited, inactive
*This program is no longer admitting students and is scheduled to be phased-out.

New York University (PsyD)
Department of Applied Psychology
New York, NY 10003
April 26, 1985
Accredited, inactive
*This program is no longer admitting students and is scheduled to be phased-out.

University of North Carolina'Chapel Hill (PhD)
School of Education
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3500
June 5, 1979
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2016

North Carolina State University (PhD)
Department of Psychology
Raleigh, NC 27695
April 10, 1987
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2014

University of Northern Colorado (PhD)
School of Applied Psychology and Counselor Education
Greeley, CO 80639
June 25, 1981
Accredited, on probation 
Next site visit scheduled Spring/Summer 2013

Northern Illinois University (PhD)
Department of Psychology
DeKalb, IL  60115
October 30, 2009
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2014

Oklahoma State University (PhD)
School of Applied Health and Educational Psychology
Stillwater, OK 74078
October 28, 1997
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2016

University of Oregon (PhD)
School Psychology Program
Eugene, OR 97403
June 1, 1994
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2014

Pennsylvania State University (PhD)
Division of Educational and School Psychology and Special Education
University Park, PA 16802
June 19, 1978
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

University of Rhode Island (PhD)
Department of Psychology
Kingston, RI 02881
November 1, 1975
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2014

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (PsyD)
Department of Applied Psychology
Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology
Piscataway, NJ 08854
April 1, 1977
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2014

University of South Carolina (PhD)
Department of Psychology
Columbia, SC 29208
February 1, 1974
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

University of South Florida (PhD)
Department of Psychological and Social Foundations
Tampa, FL 33620
November 20, 1998
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2017

University of Southern Mississippi (PhD)
Department of Psychology
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
September 27, 1983
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

St. John's University (PsyD)
Department of Psychology
Jamaica, NY 11439
April 23, 2007
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

Syracuse University (PhD)
Department of Psychology
Syracuse, NY 13244-2340
April 26, 1988
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

Teachers College, Columbia University (PhD)
Department of Health and Behavior Studies
New York, NY 10027
March 31, 1988
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

Temple University (PhD)
Department of Psychological Studies in Education
Philadelphia, PA 19122
April 4, 1978
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

University of Tennessee'Knoxville (PhD)
Educational Psychology and Counseling
Knoxville, TN 37996
April 23, 1991
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2014

Texas A&M University (PhD)
Department of Educational Psychology
College Station, TX 77843
October 29, 1985
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2017

University of Texas at Austin (PhD)
Department of Educational Psychology
Austin, TX 78712
February 1, 1971
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

Tulane University (PhD)
Department of Psychology
New Orleans, LA 70118
August 9, 1991
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2017

University of Utah (PhD)
Department of Educational Psychology
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
January 14, 1983
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

University of Washington (PhD)
Department of Educational Psychology
Seattle, WA 98195
October 25, 1991
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

University of Wisconsin'Madison (PhD)
Department of Educational Psychology
Madison, WI 53706
February 27, 1986
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

University of Wisconsin'Milwaukee (PhD)
School of Education
Milwaukee, WI 53201
October 14, 1996
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2014

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