Program of Study

Program Curriculum

The program is designed to take four to five years of full time study post-bachelor’s, plus a full time internship. The program’s two specializations, school psychology and counseling psychology, share some coursework. They are differentiated by areas of research, the field in which students will supervise master’s level students, teaching opportunities, and accreditation. The program requires 91 graduate credits. Those who enter with a Master’s degree in Counseling or a related field will have a reduction in required course credits to the extent their Master’s level courses match our required courses. Courses address:

  • Social Justice and Systems Change: Social Behavior and Systems from a Social Justice Perspective; Cross-Cultural Issues; Evidence-based Practice and Policy
  • Research: Ongoing participation in a Research Team; Statistics; Advanced Statistics; Research Methods; Dissertation Seminar and Qualifying Paper; Dissertation Research
  • Applied Practice: Counseling Theories and Practice; Behavioral Counseling; Family Therapy Theories; Prevention and Intervention; Psychopharmacology; Neuropsychology; Consultation; Assessment and Diagnosis; Vocational Assessment; Practicum; Internship; Supervision
  • Psychological Foundations: Individual Bases of Behavior; Human Development; Issues and Ethics; Abnormal Psychology; Psychopathology; History and Systems; Social Psychology; Cognitive/ Affective Bases of Behavior

Teaching. Each student will co-teach at least three semesters and also take the course Teaching at the College Level.

Field work. Every student must participate in two semesters of the Advanced Practicum and take two semesters of Advanced Internship. The internship, typically completed during the fourth or fifth year after having met all course requirements, provides preparation for functioning as an independent professional clinician.

Research Team. Every student will participate on at least one Faculty-Student Research Team for four years. Research teams are composed of faculty mentors and other graduate students who collaborate on research projects, presentations, and papers.

The Qualifying Paper. (QP). Successful completion of the QP, a critical and synthetic review of a focused body of literature in the area in which the student plans to complete the dissertation, results in admission to doctoral candidacy.

Dissertation. The dissertation is an original empirical research project (quantitative or qualitative) that makes a substantive contribution to the knowledge base in Counseling Psychology or School Psychology. It is usually completed by the end of the fourth year, although students may choose to complete the dissertation during or following the internship year.