College of Education2016-2017
Department of Educational Psychology
Educational Psychology - School Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy
Note: The doctoral programs in Educational Psychology – Counseling Psychology and Educational Psychology – School Psychology are being phased out and are not accepting new students. Please visit PhD Combined Counseling/School Psychology to apply for doctoral programs in psychology.
This plan prepares you to function as a well-rounded generalist with a strong foundation in school psychology in a broad array of settings including schools, school linked health centers, medical, social service and correctional facilities that utilize school psychological services. At the core of the school psychology training program is the integration of theory, research, and practice rooted in psychology and education. We believe that this core is best realized using a scientist-professional training model that includes a systematic analysis of human behavior, careful applications of best practice, and a methodical evaluation of the effectiveness of these applications.
Our doctoral curriculum follows American Psychological Association guidelines and includes coursework in psychological foundations, educational foundations, specialization, and research and statistics. Our low doctoral student-advisor ratio affords you the opportunity to receive significant individual supervision in assessment, interventions, and research training. This doctoral psychology program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists and also meets the criteria of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology and the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.
This program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
What Can I Do with a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology - School Psychology?
There is an increasing need for the provision of school psychological services in a broad array of settings including schools, workplace, and school-based and school linked health centers. Moreover, school psychological services are needed in medical, social service and correctional facilities. Our doctoral program reflects a training curriculum that is sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity. At the core of the school psychology training program at Northern Arizona University is the integration of theory, research, and practice rooted in psychology and education. We believe that this core is best realized using a scientist-practitioner training model that includes a systematic analysis of human behavior, careful applications of best practice, and a methodical evaluation of the effectiveness of these applications.
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- School psychologist
- Licensed psychologist
- College or university professor in Educational Psychology
To receive a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses, from one or more disciplines, ranging from at least 60-109 units of graduate-level courses. Most plans require research, a dissertation, and comprehensive exams. All plans have residency requirements regarding time spent on the Flagstaff campus engaged in full-time study.
The full policy can be viewed here.
In addition to University Requirements:
- At least two years of full-time equivalent coursework beyond the master's degree
- Two consecutive semesters (Fall and Spring) of full-time residency
- A preliminary exam
- A comprehensive exam
- The completion of a one-year internship
- The preparation of a dissertation
|Minimum Units for Completion||109|
|Additional Admission Requirements||Required|
|Dissertation||Dissertation is required.
|Comprehensive Exam||Comprehensive Exam is required.
|Oral Defense||Oral Defense is required.
|Research||Individualized research is required.
Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Take the following 109 units:
- EPS 706 (3 units)
- EPS 640 (3 units)
- EPS 712 (3 units)
- EPS 708 (3 units)
- EPS 610, EPS 710 (6 units)
- Select from: EPS 605, ESE 548 (3 units)
- EPS 670, EPS 700, EPS 604 (7 units)
- EPS 664, EPS 673, EPS 674, EPS 738 (12 units)
- EPS 601, EPS 607, EPS 621, EPS 622, EPS 660, EPS 669, EPS 675 (6), EPS 690 (27 units)
- EPS 741 (6 units)
- EPS 796, for the post-practicum internship (6 units)
- EPS 671, EPS 650 (6 units)
- EPS 767 (3 units)
- EPS 625, EPS 724, EPS 725 (9 units)
- EPS 798 (3 units)
- EPS 799, for the research, writing, and oral defense of an approved dissertation. You may end up taking more than the 9 units of dissertation credit you can count toward your degree because you must register for it each semester while you are working on your dissertation. (9 units)
For more information about residency and other requirements that pertain to this degree, see Doctoral Requirements Policy.
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
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