The mission of the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with specialization in School Psychology is extension of our specialist level school psychology training program to doctoral studies preparing graduates for research and academic careers and for general practice and health service provider specialty in professional psychology. Our program is based on the scientist-practitioner model with emphasis on theoretical and empirical foundations for clinical practice. A primary focus is extending the knowledge base of the profession through scholarly inquiry, and students are expected to generate new knowledge for the psychology profession with particular attention to mental health service in school-based practice.
Consistent with standards of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP),our program is committed to extending the knowledge base of the discipline in a climate of scholarly inquiry preparation of practitioners to bridge the gap between practice and research. Our Ph.D. graduates are prepared for work in diverse settings and roles, including faculty in academic departments of school psychology, psychologists employed by public and private schools, and psychologists in private practice or agency settings.
Doctoral study in the School Psychology Specialization strand is based on a mentoring model with expectation that much of the learning will occur in activities outside the classroom. Early in the program, students link with one or more faculty members on research teams for discipline-related studies. Students are expected to produce publishable work by the end of the second year of their programs and to prepare dissertations that extend the knowledge base in school psychology.
The doctoral foundations strands prepare students for a variety of professional careers related to teaching and research in both academic and non-academic settings. For example, students will be prepared to fill faculty, research, or assessment positions at academic institutions, such as universities, community colleges, and K-12 school districts. Representative occupations also include educational psychologist, program evaluator, educational assessment coordinator, and employee training specialist.
Students are eligible for admission to the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology- School Psychology Specialization Strand, after completing a bachelor's or master's degree in a related field. Many students admitted for the Ph.D. School Psychology Specialization strand have completed their Ed.S. from a NASP-approved program, or its equivalent, as evidence of the knowledge base of a professional school psychologist.
Admission will be limited to the most qualified applicants based on a combination of the
Your first step in the admission process is the completion of the Graduate College application and the Deparmtent reference letter.
Deadline for receipt of materials is December 15.
A complete listing of the program requirements is available in the UNLV Graduate Catalog.
The Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with Specialization in School Psychology is based on the scientist-practitioner model with emphasis on theoretical and empirical foundations for clinical practice. A primary focus is extending the knowledge base of the profession through scholarly inquiry, and students are expected to generate new knowledge for the psychology profession with particular attention to mental health service in school-based practice.
The program provides training in scientific and professional ethics and standards, research design and methodology, statistics, psychometric theory, biological bases of behavior, cognitive-affective bases of behavior, social bases of behavior, and individual differences.
The courses required for doctoral students in the School Psychology Specialization Strand meet two related objectives:
Some students admitted for the Ph.D. School Psychology Specialization strand have completed our NASP-approved Ed.S. degree or its equivalent. Doctoral programs of study for students without this background will include content from our Ed.S. program. While working with your advisor on course selection, it is important to remember:
The required coursework for the PhD-School Psychology Specialization Strand is a minimum of 73 credits beyond the master's degree and six credits in the predoctoral internship. Specific programs of study are determined by a number of factors, including the area of emphasis chosen by the student and doctoral committee. Individual programs of study will often exceed these minimum requirements.
Department forms can be downloaded using the links below. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader Program to download, prepare, and then print the pdf forms. Completed forms are turned in at the main office of the Carlson Education Building, Room 320. Additional forms can also be found on the Graduate College website.
Forms related to the admissions process can be found in the admissions section of this page.
The form below must be submitted to the Department Office and approved prior to enrollment in individual study/research courses (EPY 780, 782, 783, 787).
Dr. Steve G. McCafferty
Department Graduate Coordinator
Room: CEB 335