School Psychology, Ph.D.

2017 Doctoral School Psychology Cohort

Thank you for your interest in the School of Education's School Psychology Doctoral Program. We welcome your application!

The deadline to apply for Fall 2019 admission is February 12th, 2019.

Please visit the UNC Graduate School's website to access the online application. All application materials must be submitted electronically as instructed on the online application. Please note that the Graduate School recommends submitting complete applications before Dec. 12 in order to receive full consideration for Graduate School fellowships

In considering the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a place for graduate training in School Psychology, each applicant should bear in mind the following:

  1. The School of Education offers a PhD in School Psychology.
  2. The UNC School Psychology PhD program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.
  3. Applicants should hold a BA or BS in psychology or a master’s degree in School Psychology or a related area such as Psychology, Education, Social Work, or Counseling. Applicants with other related master’s degrees will also be considered. It is preferred that applicants have coursework similar to these courses: EDUC 714- Group Counseling; EDUC 608-Individual Counseling; and EDUC 684 – Statistics I. Students who do not have these courses completed before enrollment will take them within a year and a half of enrolling in the program.
  4. The PhD in School Psychology is a 64 credit hour program that can be completed in four years. Years one and two consist of course work and field-based externships while years three and four are comprised of dissertation work and an internship. Once students are enrolled, they may apply for an option of completing the program in three years if their relevant experience and course work meets APA training standards.

If you have questions, please contact the program coordinator, Dr. Steve Knotek at sknotek@email.unc.edu or by calling 919-843-2049.

Program Description

Overview

The Ph.D. in School Psychology is an American Psychological Association-accredited program that leads to licensure as a psychologist in North Carolina as well as most other states. Students who intend to live in other states should check the licensure requirements in those states if you are intending to work in another state. The Program is also approved by NASP and by the NC Department of Public Instruction for doctoral level licensure for school psychology. As a result, the Program is responsive to multiple sets of requirements. We have developed an integrated plan that provides for a sequenced and cumulative training experience across your years in the Program.

The PhD in School Psychology is a 64 credit hour program that can be completed in four years. Years one and two consist of course work and field-based externships while years three and four are comprised of dissertation work and an internship. Once students are enrolled, they may apply for an option of completing the program in three years if their relevant experience and course work meets APA training standards.

To meet APA accreditation requirements, the program of studies has been designed to include the following: Foundational content in the breadth of psychology: biological aspects of behavior; cognitive/affective aspects of behavior; social aspects of behavior; history and systems of psychology; psychological measurement; research methodology; and, data analysis. Curriculum is also expected in the science/methods/and theories of practice including individual differences in behavior; human development; dysfunctional behavior/psychopathology; and professional standards. Knowledge and skills are required in assessment and diagnosis; effective intervention; consultation; evaluating the efficacy of interventions; and supervision. Additionally, issues of cultural and individual diversity that are relevant to the above are expected in the curriculum, and attitudes essential for lifelong learning, scholarly inquiry, and professional problem-solving are to be included.

The Program of Studies meets National Association of School Psychologists standards, including the set of 11 training domains. In addition, the Program of Studies meets requirements of the A.P.A. Implementing Regulations as of January 2017.

The doctoral program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) (Commission on Accreditation; 750 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002; (202) 336-5979; www.apa.org), approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and approved by North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Admissions

Applications for the Fall 2019 Admission Term are due
February 12, 2019

Admissions Data

We take into consideration several factors in making admission decisions, including GRE scores, undergraduate and graduate grades, letters of recommendation, research experience, pertinent experiences with children and youth, and how the applicant’s professional goals match with the program. The Graduate School at UNC recommends that applicants have GRE scores at the 50th percentile, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. In our doctoral program, statistics on admissions for the past two years show that the average GRE Verbal score was at the 70%ile and the average GRE Quantitative score was at 51%ile, and the average undergraduate GPA was 3.5. The scores reflect recommended ranges, however program faculty base admissions decisions on the entire applicant profile, of which scores are only one factor.

Admissions Procedure

Decisions on admissions to the doctoral program begin during January and February for enrollment in the following fall semester. Once the initial review of applicants takes place, individuals may be contacted by program faculty. The program receives between 50 and 70 applications each year for the doctoral program, and program faculty conduct follow up interviews with approximately 20 students. We seek an enrollment of between 8 and 11 doctoral students per cohort.

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION RELATES TO OUR FORMER FIVE YEAR PROGRAM
Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data

These tables provides information on the number of years from initial enrollment to graduation, for students graduating in the designated year. Most students entering since the Program revision in 2012 graduate in five to six years. Click here to access tables.