Northeastern University’s Doctoral Program in School Psychology is designed to prepare the next generation of leaders in school psychology. Students learn how to conduct research, to use research to inform practice, and to contribute to the scientific foundation of professional practice.
The Doctoral Program in School Psychology is a full-time program that prepares the next generation of leaders in the field. Doctoral level school psychologists conduct research, teach, supervise students and professionals, consult with school systems, teachers and families, and provide direct services to children. School psychologists also play a central role in planning and evaluating school-based educational and health promotion programs.
Northeastern’s doctoral program includes all components of the MS/CAGS in School Psychology in addition to a major focus on research and additional fieldwork experiences. The doctoral program espouses a scientist-practitioner training model, as set forth by the American Psychological Association (APA). The program is fully accredited by the APA and National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). It is designed for students to meet state and national certification requirements for school psychology and pursue state licensure for psychologists. The program emphasizes applied research related to the education, development, and health promotion of children, and scientifically-based practice in urban schools, community centers, and hospitals. The program has three principal themes and five major training goals, which are described below.
- Optional specializations in Early Intervention and Applied Behavior Analysis
- Students can enter the program from a Bachelor's or Master's degree
- Students complete a 75-hour pre-practicum, a 200-hour supervised practicum experience, two 600-hour supervised advanced fieldwork experiences, and a one-year pre-doctoral internship
- Ph.D. students must complete and defend a dissertation that involves original research
- Students complete a mentored research project in the first two years in the program under the guidance of their doctoral advisor.
Students in this program are trained to meet both APA and NASP standards. As in Northeastern’s NASP approved MS/CAGS program in school psychology, the doctoral program is designed to produce school psychologists who have a strong foundation across the following domains of school psychology training and practice as delineated by NASP:
- Data-Based Decision-Making and Accountability
- Consultation and Collaboration
- Interventions and Instructional Support to Develop Academic Skills
- Interventions and Mental Health Services to Develop Social and Life Skills
- School-Wide Practices to Promote Safe and Effective Learning Environment
- Preventive and Early Intervention; Crisis Response
- Family–School Collaboration Services
- Diversity in Development and Learning
- Research and Program Evaluation
- Legal, Ethical, and Professional Practice
Northeastern’s School Psychology PhD Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA). The next APA accreditation site visit will be held in 2020. Northeastern’s School Psychology PhD Program is also fully accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists.
Application requirements and deadlines vary based on the program you’re applying to, and can be viewed on the Bouvé College of Health Sciences website. All graduate applicants will need three letters of recommendation, a personal goal statement, the most recent copy of their resumé, and official transcripts.
- Application fee
- Three letters of recommendation
- Transcripts from all institutions attended
- Personal Statement
- TOEFL or IELTS for applicants who do not hold a degree from a U.S. institution and whose native language is not English
A grade of B or higher is required in all course work.
Multicultural Competency Core
Assessment and Intervention Core
Research Course Work
Complete the following (repeatable) course twice:
Northeastern's signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students acquire relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Northeastern offers a variety of ways for students to gain experience, some examples include:
- Full-Time Co-op Opportunities — Students on co-op work in a paid position in their field of study for three to six months.
- In-Class Case Studies — Professors integrate case studies and exercises into the classroom to bring a real-world perspective and relevance to what they’re teaching.
- Research — Students collaborate with faculty in our more than 30 federally funded research centers, tackling some of the most pressing challenges in health, security, and sustainability.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 230,000 alumni and 3,000 employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that lifelong global community of learning and mentoring.
Below is a look at where our Psychology & Mental Health alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.
Where They Work
- McLean Hospital
- Boston Children’s Hospital
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- Arbor Counseling Services
What They Do
- Healthcare Services
- Community and Social Services
- Business Development
What They're Skilled At
- Mental Health
- Public Speaking
Learn more about Northeastern Alumni on Linkedin.