ASU Psychology degree

November 1, 2015


NOTE: This program is not currently accepting new students.

School Psychology is a doctoral level program in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College of Arizona State University. Students earn the Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in Educational Psychology with a concentration in School Psychology. The goal of the School Psychology program is the development of doctoral level scientist-practitioners with both strong research and applied skills who apply an empirical problem solving perspective to their work.

The School Psychology program is accredited, inactive by the American Psychological Association (APA) and approved, inactive by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the Arizona Department of Education.

The School Psychology Program at Arizona State University supports the Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity policy developed by the National Association of School Psychologists.

American Psychological Association
Commission on Accreditation
C/O Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
Education Directorate
750 First street NE
Washington DC


The School Psychology program at Arizona State University adheres to a scientist-practitioner model. Students learn that good practice entails a problem-solving process that is grounded in the knowledge base derived from empirical research.

During their doctoral training, students are exposed to various perspectives for conceptualizing human functioning including ecological, biological, cognitive, social learning, behavioral, and preventative/public health models. Students learn to critically evaluate research and develop basic proficiency in designing and conducting empirical studies. Coursework and research are integrated with off-campus field experiences to allow development of competence in a wide range of assessment, intervention, consultation, and evaluation methods with children, adolescents, and families. The curriculum promotes ethical and cultural sensitivity, allowing each student to receive supervised, scaffolded experiences that enable culturally and ethically competent service delivery. Students may also take courses in the BCBA program while completing their doctoral degree in Educational Psychology, with a specialization in School Psychology.

Upon completion of the program, students are well-equipped to assume leadership positions in a variety of settings, including universities, elementary and secondary schools, agencies that provide educational and psychological services to children, hospitals, mental health and research centers, and other programs. Because all ASU students complete core courses and supervised training in several areas of psychology and education, they are eligible for certification by state education agencies and are academically eligible to take the national examinations for independent practice in psychology and national certification as school psychologists.

Program Goals

  • Sudents possess knowledge of social, cognitive, affective, and biological bases of behavior and development.
  • Students possess knowledge of research methods, research designs, and statistical procedures in order to critically examine existing research and to conduct empirical research studies.
  • Students possess knowledge of basic diversity and multi-cultural issues and of the potential impact of cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic, linguistic, disability-related, and gender-related factors in development and learning.
  • Students possess understanding of family and community influences and have knowledge of schools and other agencies as social systems.
  • Students possess knowledge of contemporary information sources and technological aids to service provision and record keeping.
  • Students possess knowledge of ethical, professional, and legal guidelines and standards in psychology and make professional decisions that reflect this knowledge.
  • Students possess knowledge of consultation and supervision models.
  • Students possess knowledge of various models and methods of assessment and use appropriate data gathering procedures for diagnosis and intervention planning.
  • Students possess competency in conceptualizing, assessing, and intervening in child and adolescent behavior and mental health to enhance the development of social skills, mental health, and life competencies.
  • Students possess knowledge of basic human learning processes and techniques to assess these processes, and provide direct and indirect services to enhance the development of academic skills.

Program Focus

The School Psychology program is a doctoral program that prepares students for various professional positions in educational settings and for teaching and research at the college and university level. ASU school psychology graduates have been employed in the following settings:

  • Preschools
  • K -12 schools
  • Service delivery agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Colleges and universities
  • Research and development settings

Most graduates take initial positions as school psychologists in public school settings. Subsequently, around 70% continue as school psychologists, 15% take positions in universities or colleges, 5% find employment in research centers, 5% attain administrative positions in the schools, and 5% practice psychology in other settings.

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