School Psychology Ph.D. program School Psychology Ph.D.

The doctor of philosophy with a major in school psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association Committee on Accreditation — 750 First Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002-4242; phone: 202-336-5979.

The school psychology program at Georgia State University is recognized by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) as demonstrating a commitment to diversity issues through the recruitment and retention of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, multicultural curricular emphasis, faculty members involved in multicultural research and outreach, and participation in related research and training grants.

School psychology is an applied specialty within the general field of professional psychology. The school psychology doctoral program prepares students for professional practice as a school psychologist within the standards of professional competence specified by the American Psychological Association.

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The Doctorate of Philosophy with a major in School Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association.
*Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979


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If an applicant holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, education, or a related field, he or she can apply to the Ph.D. program in school psychology. Students pursuing the bachelor’s to Ph.D. program of study will complete all master of education and specialists in education prerequisites before beginning the Ph.D. program of study.

Students normally enter the doctoral program in school psychology after completion of requirements for both the master or education and the specialist in education (sixth-year certificate as associate school psychologist) degrees. However, students lacking such certification, but holding the master’s degree in a related field, may be admitted to the program with the provision that sixth-year certification (entry level for Georgia Department of Education state certification as associate school psychologist) is attained promptly.

Ideally, planning for the integration of research training and professional skills training should begin as early as possible for the student who intends to pursue a doctorate. Therefore, students in the M.Ed. or Ed.S. program who anticipate application to the doctoral program should seek faculty advisement toward this goal early in their careers.