Introduction to School Psychology
Find an Internship
The current Directory of Internships for Doctoral Students in School Psychology includes listings for approximately 362 full-time and 19 half-time pre-doctoral internships at 60 sites throughout the country. Sites listed in the directory have indicated that their internships meet the most recent (1998) internship guidelines of the Council of Directors of School Psychology Programs (CDSPP). The directory also includes information for three full-time post-doctoral positions at two different sites.
Find an internship through the Directory of Internships for Doctoral Students in School Psychology.
About this Program
The School Psychology doctoral program is a scientist-practitioner program firmly grounded in both psychology and education. Students receive training in conducting research that is relevant to schools and education, interpreting the extant research literature, incorporating empirical findings into practice, adopting a scientific problem-solving approach to school-based problems, and using objective and scientifically grounded principles in assessing their own practice. Students' training in the major areas of school-based practice (assessment and diagnosis, intervention, consultation, program evaluation, and supervision) is accomplished through coursework and practica.
Students' training in the core areas of school psychological practice ensures that they are knowledgeable about best professional practices, research, and professional standards. Students are also expected to identify and pursue a special proficiency that further defines their professional area of expertise.
The principal qualification for admission for doctoral study in the graduate program in School Psychology at Penn State is evidence of strong potential for advanced graduate study and research. Such evidence is obtained from an applicant's academic record, letters of reference, scores on standardized tests, and personal statement of academic and vocational interests.
Learn how to apply by visiting our application information page.
Contact the Program Coordinator
Associate Professor of Education, Program Coordinator (PC)
Office: 104 CEDAR Building
Meet our Faculty
The School Psychology Program currently includes seven core faculty. Five are full-time in the program and serve as advisers to students. In addition to the core faculty, the program has an adjunct faculty member, a Clinic Co-Coordinator and an adjunct Clinic supervisor. Click here to learn more about our faculty and current faculty research.
Meet Recent Graduates
Congratulations to all of our recent degree recipients!