School Psychology (PsyD)


Who is the ideal candidate?

The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Program in School Psychology is an innovative, applied professional psychology program designed for working school psychologists. It builds on the advanced training of the certified school psychologist and his/her experiences.  Working in the field while attending the PsyD program facilitates the integration of practical experience with scholarly pursuits for a richer learning experience.

The PsyD program consists of a minimum of 61 credit hours beyond the specialist level.  PCOM admits students who are certified school psychologists and are looking for advanced doctoral study in the field of school psychology.

How does the program differ from a more traditional type of education in school psychology?

  1. The program is designed as a 61-credit program that builds upon the specialist-level training of school psychologists. Not only does admission to the program require school psychology certification, credits earned at the specialist level are credits accepted towards the advanced degree.
  2. The program requirements including the residency, internship, and research dissertation or project that can be completed while continuing to work in the field.
  3. A specialty of the program is an emphasis in cognitive behavioral therapy.
  4. Finally, the program draws on the unique strengths of being set in a medical community and provides students with the knowledge and skills to practice in a variety of settings. There is a tremendous need for school psychologists and physicians to collaborate on behalf of children, adolescents, and families. This has been a missing link in the care of children and PCOM is the natural place to connect these two communities and clearly address the needs of the "whole child."

Why should I enroll in this program?

  1. PCOM strives to bring the best of the discipline and practice of school psychology by providing a comprehensive, integrated, state of the art program of study involving exciting courses, highly credentialed and qualified faculty, along with well-supervised field experiences.
  2. PCOM accepts credits for Specialist Level School Psychology.
  3. PCOM's program can be completed in as few as 3 years.
  4. PCOM offers a emphasis in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
  5. PCOM offers coursework in Neuropsychology in the Schools/Brain-based Learning.
  6. PCOM School Psychology program emphasises multicultural principles in the learning and execution of psychological practices.
  7. PCOM can enrich your education with the integrative components of coursework offered at a medical college.
  8. PCOM courses are offered on evenings and weekends to accommodate your work schedule.
  9. PCOM's modern campus is conveniently located in the city of Philadelphia.

What about the time and financial commitment?

There is no cheap or quick way to obtain a doctoral degree. The PCOM program can be completed in three years but must be completed within seven years. We have a great Financial Aid Department available to all of our students. Call the Financial Aid Office at 215-871-6170 or visit them on the web for further information.