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.
School Psychology ranked 5th in the nation among APA accredited doctoral programs.
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.
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
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- School psychology must have bachelor's within major in psychology, education or related field OR master's in area related to school psychology
- NOTE: Application deadlines have changed. New deadline for Ph.D. is November 15
- 2015-16 APA SPS PhD Student Admissions Outcomes and Other Data
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.
- Catherine Perkins, Ph.D., – is a clinical assistant professor and program coordinator for the School Psychology M.Ed/Ed.S. program in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services.
- Joseph Hill, Ph.D. is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services
- Joel Meyers, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services and is director of the Center for School Safety, School Climate and Classroom Management. He also serves as director of Project Drop Out and Violence Elimination (DOVE) and director of the College of Education & Human Development’s school psychology program. Meyers previously served as president of American Psychological Association Division 16 and has served as the editor of the Journal of School Psychology.
- Andy Roach, Ph.D. is an associate professor with joint appointments in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services (College of Education & Human Development) and the School of Public Health.He also serves asssociate director of the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD)—a University Center for Excellence in Disability (UCEDD). Prior to returning to GSU in 2013, he was an associate professor and executive director of the Collaborative Research and Evaluation Office (CREO) in Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University.
- Steve Truscott, Psy.D. is an associate professor and program coordinator for the School Psychology Ph.D. Program. He has been a school psychologist since 1984 and practiced in New York State before entering academia. He completed his Psy.D. at the University at Albany in 1998 and taught at Alfred University and the University at Buffalo, SUNY before joining the GSU faculty in 2005.Truscott is Editor of the Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation. His research interests focus on improving schools and school psychology practices; particularly in respect to how school psychologists can support teachers and best serve children in need. He was awarded the 2004 Article of the Year by School Psychology Quarterly/APA Division16 for financial conflicts of interest in the school psychology assessment literature.
- Kris Varjas, Psy.D. is a professor in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services and director of the Center for School Safety, School Climate and Classroom Management.
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- Must have bachelor's within major in psychology, education, or related field OR master's in area related to school psychology
- Official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores and GACE program Admission (or exemption) if does not meet certification requirements in Georgia. More information at www.gre.org
- Three letters of recommendation, goals statement, resume and interview.
- Undergrad GPA of 3.30 (minimum 2.50 undergraduate GPA if no master's)
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- “GACE Program Admission” means that the applicant must have passed all three basic skills areas of the GACE Program Admission Assessment.
- “Georgia Educator Ethics — Program Entry Assessment” means that the applicant must take this assessment (applicants to Educational Leadership programs take the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership — Program Entry Assessment, instead). You will receive a certificate once you complete the assessment.
- GRE scores may not be more than five years old at the time of application.
- All documents and materials submitted in consideration for admission to a program become the property of Georgia State University and cannot be returned at any time.
Ph.D. GRE Admission Guidelines
An official score on the Graduate Record Examination General Test is required for admission to Ph.D. programs in the College of Education and Human Development. While it is important to note that GRE scores are used along with other criteria established by departments and programs when determining admission, a score of 155 or higher on the verbal section and 151 or higher on the quantitative section will make the application more competitive.
GACE Program Admission & Georgia Educator Ethics (Program Entry) Assessments
Students seeking admission to a program for initial certification from the State of Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) are required to pass the GACE Program Admission Assessment (or provide an exemption — Attention: GSU will not exempt for holders of Master’s degrees) and the Georgia Educator Ethics — Program Entry Assessment (applicants for the Educational Leadership programs take the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership — Program Entry Assessment, instead). Applicants who are already certified or meet certification requirements in the State of Georgia do not have to meet this requirement. For more information about these assessments, visit GACE & Georgia Educator Ethics.
The GACE Program Admission Assessment can be exempted based on certain scores from the GRE, the SAT or the ACT (Attention: GSU will not exempt for holders of Master’s degrees). The current options for satisfying the GACE Program Admission Assessment, including exemptions (attention: GSU will not exempt for holders of master’s degrees), are outlined here (scroll to “Options to Satisfy the Program Admission Requirement”) Go to GACE’s “about” page for more information about the GACE Program Admission Assessment, including test dates and registration.