The School of Psychology offers two tracks for the school psychology doctoral degree: a five year full-time degree for applicants with a bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field and an advanced degree in school psychology for those who already have a master’s degree and the certification in school psychology.

Five-year PsyD in School Psychology

The five-year school psychology doctoral program is an integration of theoretical and foundational knowledge and applied professional training for those committed to working with children and adolescents in schools and school-related settings. Graduates of the program also serve in leadership roles as well as in academic settings. The program prepares students for certification in school psychology and eligibility for licensure as a psychologist.

The program is a full-time program and is offered under the auspices of the School of Psychology. The program accepts a small number of students per year.  Stipends supporting half tuition are available for highly qualified students during their first three years in the program. Classes are held in late afternoon and evening, providing ample opportunity for practicum and research. The program’s eclectic orientation and wide range of course work provides education in research, consultation, assessment, prevention, program evaluation, neuropsychology and psychopharmacology. There are opportunities for students to work closely with program faculty to develop specialized areas of interest and research. During their fourth year of study, students are expected to complete a doctoral dissertation in an area relevant to school psychology. Students are also expected to successfully complete a comprehensive examination and the PRAXIS exam in school psychology.

The program culminates in a yearlong internship in a school or related clinical setting. Students are encouraged to apply for APA-approved internships.

Professional Licensure and Certification

The Traditional and Advanced PsyD programs include coursework designed to meet the typical academic requirements for licensure in states throughout the country.  Given that the programs have not completed the APA accreditation process at this time, graduates must submit evidence of program completion to the state in which they are seeking licensure for review.  Our program graduates have successfully demonstrated that they meet licensure requirements in any states they have elected to practice, including the states of New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.  However, given the variability in requirements — particularly in terms of internship requirements — from state to state, please check with the state professional licensing board about its requirements for licensure.  Our program faculty will be happy to work with you to understand the process and ensure that you have all the information you need to proceed with an appropriate course of study to meet your professional goals.

Please note that our specialist-level program has approval through the National Association of School Psychologists through 2025, which means that all students who successfully complete the Traditional PsyD program (which requires completion of specialist-level requirements) are eligible to become Nationally Certified School Psychologists.

Admission Requirements

Applications for admission to the five-year program should be submitted no later than February 15. Should an individual not yet be qualified for the Psy.D. program, that application will automatically be reviewed for the M.A. plus certification program.

Applicants to the five-year Psy.D. program should hold an undergraduate degree in psychology or related field with at least 18 credits in psychology beyond general psychology. Graduate courses taken at other institutions will be evaluated for transfer credit by the program faculty.

Applicants to the program must submit:

  • A completed online application form through the psychology common application, PsyCAS. The Apply Now page will direct you to the PsyCAS site.
  • Transcripts from all academic institutions previously attended.
  • Official report of Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores for the General Test and the Subject Test in Psychology. Please be advised that due to conditions created by COVID-10, the requirement for the Graduate Record Examination is waived for 2020-2021.
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional references.
  • A statement of professional interests and goals.

Applicants will be selected for a personal interview, based on credential review.

Degree Plan

FALL 2019 ENTRY AND BEYOND

1st Semester

  • PSYC6111 Theories of Personality
  • PSYC6121 Statistics and Research Methods 
  • PSYC6651 Introduction to School Learning Problems
  • PSYC6651 Ethics & Professional Practice in Schools
  • PSYC9171 Practicum in Schools I

2nd Semester

  • PSYC6129 Research Methods & Psychometrics
  • PSYC7124 Developmental Child & Adolescent Psychology 
  • PSYC6115 Child Psychopathology 
  • PSYC7820 Intro. to School Learning II
  • PSYC9172 Practicum in Schools II

3rd Semester

  • PSYC7615 Child Assessment I with Practicum
  • PSYC7815 Child Assessment II with Practicum
  • EDUC6740 Intro to the student with disabilities in School/Community
  • PSYC7215 Biological Bases of Behavior
  • PSYC9173 Practicum in Schools III

4th Semester

  • PSYC8815 Child Assessment III with Practicum
  • PSYC7125 Applied Social Psychology
  • PSYC8910 School-Based Consultation with Practicum
  • PSYC8725 Prevention and Intervention with Children and Adolescents
  • PSYC9174 Practicum in Schools IV

SUMMER SESSION

5th Semester

6th Semester

  • PSYC8112 Dissertation Seminar
  • PSYC8721 Seminar in Child/Adolescent Intervention  
  • EDUC6661 The Multicultural Classroom
  • PSYC8930 Advanced Consultation in School Psychology
  • PSYC9176 Practicum in School Psychology VI

SUMMER SESSION

7th Semester

  • PSYC9110 School/Community Mental Health
  • PSYC9150 Internship (School Psychology)

8th Semester

  • PSYC8951 Supervision and Administration of School Psych Services
  • PSYC9150 Internship (School Psychology)

PRAXIS exam must be taken prior to graduation. 

Student may choose to postpone internship seminar until the 5th year. The 4th year may be used for dissertation. The goal would be dissertation completion prior to or in conjunction with internship

FALL 2018 ENTRY

1st Semester

  • PSYC6111 Theories of Personality
  • PSYC6121 Statistics and Research Methods 
  • PSYC6651 Introduction to School Learning Problems
  • PSYC6651 Ethics & Professional Practice in Schools
  • PSYC9171 Practicum in Schools I

2nd Semester

  • PSYC6129 Research Methods & Psychometrics
  • PSYC7124 Developmental Child & Adolescent Psychology 
  • PSYC6115 Child Psychopathology 
  • PSYC7820 Intro. to School Learning II
  • PSYC9172 Practicum in Schools II

3rd Semester

  • PSYC7615 Child Assessment I with Practicum
  • PSYC7815 Child Assessment II with Practicum
  • EDUC6740 Intro to the student with disabilities in School/Community
  • PSYC8910 School-based Consultation with Practicum
  • PSYC9173 Practicum in Schools III

4th Semester

  • PSYC8815 Child Assessment III with Practicum
  • PSYC7125 Applied Social Psychology
  • PSYC7825 Child Neuropsychology
  • PSYC8725 Prevention and Intervention with Children and Adolescents
  • PSYC 9174 Practicum in Schools IV

Summer Session

5th Semester

6th Semester

  • PSYC8112 Dissertation Seminar
  • PSYC8721 Seminar in Child/Adolescent Intervention  
  • EDUC6661 The Multicultural Classroom
  • PSYC8930 Advanced Consultation in School Psychology
  • PSYC9176 Practicum in School Psychology VI
  • PSYC7146 Issues and Techniques in Research and Evaluation II

Summer Session

7th Semester

  • PSYC9110 School/Community Mental Health
  • PSYC9150 Internship (School Psychology)

8th Semester

  • PSYC8951 Supervision and Administration of School Psych Services
  • PSYC9150 Internship (School Psychology)

PRAXIS exam must be taken prior to graduation. 

Student may choose to postpone internship seminar until the 5th year. The 4th year may be used for dissertation. The goal would be dissertation completion prior to or in conjunction with internship

Internship Sites

Students will be required to participate in a full-time clinical internship approved by the faculty. The internship may begin in the Third Year Fall semester and may continue through Spring and Summer Semester.

Candidates in FDU’s PsyD in psychology have been very successful in obtaining competitive internship positions at schools and health institutes in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, as well as in other parts of the country. Recent placements in internships have included the following institutions:

Teaneck Public School, Teaneck, New Jersey

Wayne Township Public Schools, Wayne, New Jersey

Birchwood School District, West Nyack, New York

Jersey City Public Schools, Jersey City, New Jersey

Milltown School District, Milltown, New Jersey

New Bridge Counseling Center, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey

Human Potential Institute, Warren, New Jersey

St.Agatha Home of New York Foundling, New York

The Laurie Neurodevelopmental Institute

North Shore University Hospital, Long Island, New York

Yonkers Public School, Yonkers, New York

Ringwood Board of Education, Ringwood, New Jersey

The Children’s Institute, Verona, New Jersey

Bay Academy/I.S.98, Brooklyn, New York

Course Descriptions