PhD in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology with Emphasis in School Psychology, Certification

Degree Requirements

I. General Core (21 hours)
ESC_PS 8120Psychological Assessment of Children and Adolescents:Psychoeducational Assessment3
ESC_PS 8160Psychological Interventions with Children and Adolescents: Educational Instruction3
ESC_PS 8165Psychological Interventions with Children and Adolescents: Evidence- Based Therapies3
ESC_PS 9560Psychological Consultation: Schools3
ESC_PS 8250School Psychology Practicum: Introduction to School Services3
ESC_PS 8260School Psychology Practicum: School-Based6
ESC_PS 9092Internship in School Psychology2
ESC_PS 9570Psychological Consultation: Organizations3
ESC_PS 8087Seminar in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology (Clinical Methodology)3
ESC_PS 9125Professional Iss. in Sch. Psych. II: Rsrch. Design & Application3
ESC_PS 9650Application of Multivariate Analysis in Educational Research3
ESC_PS 8690Educational Planning and Evaluation3
ESC_PS 9090Doctoral Dissertation Educational School & Counseling Psychology1
ESC_PS 9250School Psychology Practicum: Community-Based3
ESC_PS 9260Policy Practicum in Professional Psychology3
ESC_PS 9400Theories and Practices in Supervision3
ESC_PS 9092Internship in School Psychology6
ESC_PS 9093Doctoral Internship in School Psychology3
1 additional Quantitative Methods/Statistics course3
II. Psychological Foundations (15 credits total), selected from the following:
ESC_PS 8060Lifespan Development3
ESC_PS 8087Seminar in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology (Cognition & Emotion)3
ESC_PS 8087Seminar in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology (Functional Neuroscience)3
ESC_PS 8530Developmental Psychopathology and Exceptionality3
ESC_PS 9000Multicultural Issues in Counseling3
ESC_PS 8087Seminar in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology (Social Bases of Behavior)3
PSYCH 9920Advanced History of Psychology3
ESC_PS 8070Ethical and Legal Issues in Psychological Practice3
2 Electives in ESC_PS or related disciplines (6 credit total, approved by the doctoral committee)

Sample Plan of Study

Below is a sample plan of study for completion of the coursework requirements for the Ph.D. in school psychology, however each individual student’s plan of study varies depending on their pace in the program and individual choices when options are available.

First Year
ESC_PS 80871-3ESC_PS 91253ESC_PS 81203
 ESC_PS 82501-6 
 1-3 4-9 3
Second Year
ESC_PS 95603ESC_PS 81653PSYCH 99203
ESC_PS 82601-6ESC_PS 96503ESC_PS 80871-3
 ESC_PS 82601-6 
 4-9 7-12 4-6
Third Year
ESC_PS 86903ESC_PS 95703ESC_PS 90901-12
ESC_PS 81603ESC_PS 88303 
ESC_PS 90003ESC_PS 90921-6 
ESC_PS 90921-6  
 10-15 7-12 1-12
Fourth Year
ESC_PS 94003ESC_PS 80871-3ESC_PS 90901-12
ESC_PS 80871-3ESC_PS 92601-3 
ESC_PS 92501-6  
 5-12 2-6 1-12
Total Credits: 49-111

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Qualifying Process

The qualifying examination for the Ph.D. in School Psychology includes a take-home written examination. It is typically completed at the start of the Fall semester of year 2 in the program, presuming successful completion of ESC_PS 8125, ESC_PS 9125, and ESC_PS 8087 (Clinical Methodology).

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Comprehensive Examination Process

The comprehensive examination for the Ph.D. in School Psychology includes a take-home written examination followed by an oral examination with the doctoral committee.  This examination process is typically completed at the beginning of the winter semester in year 3 or the start of the fall semester in year 4.  Students jointly enrolled in the Masters of Arts program in School Psychology must have completed their master’s thesis/manuscript prior to sitting for their Doctoral Comprehensive exams.

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Dissertation Requirements

After working with the academic advisor on developing a dissertation proposal, the student meets with her/his doctoral program committee to obtain approval of the written dissertation proposal. This happens before data collection begins. After the project is completed, the student submits a written dissertation and defends her/his dissertation project to the doctoral program committee.

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Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission: the requirements of the PhD in Educational, School & Counseling Psychology program and the minimum requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies.  

Apply online by submitting the following documents using the MU Office of Graduate Studies application form by December 1 for the next Fall cohort.

  1. Three letters of recommendation
  2. Curriculum Vita
  3. Official academic transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work
    1. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 from an accredited institution in psychology, education, or a related major.
  4. Statement of purpose addressing the following:
    1. Describe interests and experiences with working with people from diverse backgrounds (e.g. ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, religious, ability status, sexual orientation).  How have these experiences influenced you?  (250 word maximum)
    2. Describe experiences that demonstrate your potential for leadership that you believe distinguish you as a candidate for graduate study. (250 word maximum)
    3. Describe (1) your research interests that you hope to pursue in graduate school (2) how these interests match those of specific faculty. (Please limit to 500 words)
    4. Describe (1) your career objectives (2) how these career objectives have developed, and (3) how being accepted into MU’s program will benefit your career aspirations and help you act upon your beliefs, goals, and philosophy. (Please limit to 500 words)
  5. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for tests taken on or after August 1, 2011 should have a combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 305 or tests taken prior to August 1, 2011 combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 1200 or higher.
  6. TOEFL for international students (preferred score of 580 for paper test, 92 iBT, IELTS 6.5 or higher)

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