School Psychology

The mission of the University of Florida’s School Psychology Program is to prepare school psychology practitioners and scholars whose activities promote the psychological and educational development and well-being of children and youth.

Program Overview

This is an on-campus program, with a small student-to-faculty ratio, seated in a resource-rich university, serving a diverse surrounding community. That includes opportunities across the continental United States.

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Degree Opportunities

The School Psychology Program is grounded in a scientist-practitioner model as reflected in its commitment to a synthesis between science and practice throughout all academic and professional preparation opportunities. Specialist training consists of 80 graduate credit hours, including a year-long internship, and leads to the Education Specialist (EdS) degree. Doctoral training consists of 136 graduate credit hours, including a year-long internship, early research experience, and dissertation, and leads to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. The EdS and PhD programs are fully accredited by the Florida Department of Education and approved as “Nationally Recognized” programs by the Council for the Accreditation of Educational Programs (CAEP) through the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). The PhD program is also fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Education Specialist (Ed.S.)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Years to Complete

3 years 5-6 years

Credit Hours

76 hours 139 hours

Practicum

Yes, First & Second years
Under Supervision by a Certified School Psychologist
Yes, First & Second years
Under Supervision by a Certified School Psychologist

Advanced Practicum

No Yes, Third year
Under Supervision by a Certified School Psychologist

Internship

Yes, 1 year Yes, 1 year

Research & Dissertation

No Yes

Eligible for Certification

Yes Yes

Eligible for Licensure

 Yes, as a School Psychologist in a number of states, such as Florida Yes, as a Psychologist

Opportunities

Most Ed.S. graduates work as school psychologists in the public schools, but many also work in clinics, hospitals, and other non-school settings. Many Ph.D. graduates work in the public schools, but many also work in clinics, hospitals, and other non-school settings, as well as in universities as professors of school psychology.
 

Education Specialist (Ed.S.)

 

 

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (Ph.D.)