The doctoral specialization in School Psychology adheres to a scientist-practitioner model of training and is designed to fully integrate psychological theory with rigorous research and professional practice skills. The program is committed to training multi-culturally competent school psychologists. The PhD program is accredited by the American Psychological Association and approved by the National Association of School Psychologists.
The School Psychology program has five major goals. It aims to prepare school psychologists to:
- Design and implement evidence-based therapeutic interventions that meet the mental health and educational needs of children, adolescents and families
- Engage in problem-solving consultation within and across schools and community settings with families and professionals to enhance the competencies and resilience of youth and to promote healthy home, school and community environments
- Conduct comprehensive assessments that are directly linked to interventions aimed at improving understanding and outcomes of youth, families and schools
- Provide service delivery and to conduct research that reflects APA and NASP ethical and professional standards
- Conduct, interpret, critique and disseminate high quality scientist-practitioner research that advances the field of school psychology
Educational Psychology PhD
The goal of the Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology is to prepare psychologists, researchers and educational professionals to effectively work on the unique challenges of promoting education, learning, and mental health in urban environments. The four areas of emphasis in the doctoral program are:
- Counseling Psychology
- Cognitive and Developmental Sciences
- Educational Statistics and Measurement
- School Psychology
See the Educational Psychology Website for more information on these areas.
The Counseling Psychology and School Psychology specializations at the master’s and doctoral level are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979
Website: American Psychological Association Website
To be considered for admission to the program applicants must complete the Graduate School online application, and satisfy all UWM Graduate School admission requirements in addition to the following program requirements:
- Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
- A letter outlining the applicant’s academic and professional background, declaration of School Psychology as the Area of Concentration, as well as specific research interests and goals for the PhD program.
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s intellectual achievement and potential.
- Resume or curriculum vita.
Credits and Courses
|Category 1: History and Systems of Pscyhology
|The History of Psychology
|Category 2: Foundations of Science
|Biological Basis of Behavior
|Cognitive Basis of Behavior, choose one:
|Cognition: Learning, Problem Solving and Thinking
|Contexual Determinants of Motivation
|Social Cognition in Educational Psychology
|Developmental Basis of Behavior, choose one:
|Human Development: Theory and Research
|Theory and Issues in Human Development
|The Multicultural Family
|Immigrant Child in Developmental Perspective
|Affective Basis of Behavior
|ED PSY 814
|Cognition and Emotion: The Affective Components of Human Thought
|Social Basis of Behavior
|ED PSY 833
|Social Psychology of Group Differences: Race and Ethnicity
|Category 3: Advanced Integration
|ED PSY 752
|Research Methods Core
|Research Methods, choose one:
|Experimental Child Psychology
|Techniques of Educational Research
|ED PSY 724
|Educational Statistical Methods II
|Item Response Theory
|Structural Equation Modeling
|Advanced Experimental Design and Analysis
|Analysis of Cross-Classified Categorical Data
|Survey Research Methods
|Theory of Hierarchical Linear Modeling
|Psychometrics, choose one:
|Techniques of Educational and Psychological Measurement
|Psychometric Theory and Practice
|School Psychology Concentration: Profession-Wide Competencies
|Consultation Strategies for Counselors and School Psychologists
|Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling Psychology
|ED PSY 710
|Child and Adolescent Mental Health Issues in Schools
|ED PSY 732
|Cognitive Behavioral Intervention Strategies in Education
|ED PSY 751
|Professional and Historical Issues in School Psychology
|ED PSY 755
|Cognitive Assessment: School Age Children
|ED PSY 760
|Academic Intervention and Alternative Assessment
|ED PSY 851
|Assessment and Interventions: Personality, Social and Emotional Functioning
|ED PSY 952
|Pediatric Psychology in Urban Settings
|ED PSY 955
|Advanced Therapeutic Interventions
|ED PSY 959
|Seminar in School Psychology:
|ED PSY 974
|Beginning Practicum in School Psychology
|ED PSY 975
|Advanced Practicum in School Psychology
|ED PSY 977
|Advanced Practicum in Intervention (2 semesters)
|ED PSY 978
|Advanced Practicum in Supervision (2 semesters)
|ED PSY 986
|Doctoral Internship in School Psychology
|Applied Research Methods and Practicum
|ED PSY 790
|Research or Thesis
|Complete multiple semesters:
|Research Practicum in Educational Psychology
|To completion of degree:
|Research or Thesis
In addition to the requirements listed below, please refer to the program handbook.
Advising and the Major Professor
Upon admission to the doctoral program in Educational Psychology, students are assigned a temporary advisor in their area of emphasis (e.g., Counseling Psychology, Cognitive and Developmental Sciences, Educational Statistics and Measurement, or School Psychology). This person is available to discuss initial course selection and provide general advice about the program. After beginning the program and before filing a Student Academic Plan, students should seek a Major Professor. The permanent Major Professor may—but does not have to be—the same person who is the temporary advisor. Students must select an advisor in their area of emphasis. Selection of a Major Professor is by mutual consent between the student and the faculty member. Students should notify the Training Director within their emphasis when the Major Professor has been selected.
The student must meet minimum Graduate School residence requirements of one continuous academic year of full-time graduate studies at UWM. This can be satisfied by completing at least 8 graduate credits in each of two consecutive semesters, or 6 or more graduate credits in each of three consecutive semesters.
Students are required to complete practicum requirements to become licensed.
Following Practicum, students are required to complete a year-long internship in order to be licensed.
Students are required to work with faculty to have a “publishable” paper within 30 credits after admission to the program. It may be a collaborative effort, such as publishing a chapter or article with a faculty advisor or other faculty collaborator.
A minor is an option. Students interested in a minor should contact their Major Professor.
Students may apply to receive the master's degree upon completion of 30 credits.
Doctoral Preliminary Examination
The Doctoral Preliminary Examination is taken at the end of a student’s coursework. A description of the Preliminary Examination is provided in the doctoral handbook corresponding to the student’s specialization area within Educational Psychology.
The Preliminary Examination consists of a written component and, in some specializations, an oral component. The purpose of the Preliminary Examination is to determine whether the student demonstrates understanding of coursework and related bodies of knowledge and is qualified to proceed with dissertation planning. A minimum of three faculty members in the specialization area shall participate on a student’s Preliminary Examination.
A doctoral student qualifies as a “doctoral candidate” upon completion of the doctoral Student Academic Plan, successful completion of the Doctoral Preliminary Examination for the PhD degree, and successfully passing a dissertation proposal hearing. The hearing is open and the date, time and location must be announced by the Major Professor. Each member of the committee must sign the doctoral dissertation proposal hearing form, and indicate approval or disapproval. A simple majority of all committee members is required. No absentee ballots are acceptable.
The candidate must write a dissertation that demonstrates the ability to pursue independent research. The candidate must pass an oral exam in defense of the dissertation.
Contingent upon satisfactory completion of program requirements, passage of the preliminary qualifying examination, and successful oral defense of the dissertation, the Chair of the Department of Educational Psychology will give final approval of the PhD in Educational Psychology.
It is expected that most students will complete all degree requirements within six years of initial enrollment in the doctoral program. All requirements MUST be completed within ten years from the date of initial enrollment.