School-Clinical Child Psychology, PsyD

This Combined-Integrated program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.  It was last accredited in 2014 for a maximum seven-year period and will be site visited again in 2021.

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This doctoral program in School-Clinical Child Psychology carefully integrates field experience with academic preparation within a practitioner-scholar training model.  Students are trained in psychological foundations, assessment and evaluation techniques, remediation and intervention procedures, and program evaluation and research.  The goal of the program is to prepare professional psychologists as health service providers with expertise in school and clinical psychology.  Research methodology and theoretical academic subjects are essential parts of the program, but emphasis is placed on professional preparation.  Graduates are uniquely prepared to provide clinical and education expertise and consultation in order to best serve children and families across a variety of systems of service delivery. 

Program graduates will have completed all pre-doctoral academic and internship requirements needed for admission to the New York State Licensing Examination for the professional practice of psychology. 

Graduates typically have been awarded the Master of Science in Education in School Psychology (or equivalent program in school psychology) and recommended for New York State certification in School Psychology.  This program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) as a combined school-clinical program and is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists.  All information about this program and related ones may be found in the Graduate Catalog of the University’s New York City Psychology Department. 

Prior to receiving the doctoral degree in school-clinical child psychology, students must first complete a master's degree in school psychology or have been awarded state or national psychology certification.  Sixty-nine hours of the first three years of study in the doctoral program generally correspond to the M.S. Ed. in School Psychology at Pace University.  Applicants with graduate credits from other institutions may enter the program but this prior work will be evaluated for transfer credit on a course-by-course basis only after acceptance into the doctoral program.

Program Prerequisites:

  • Background preparation in abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, experimental psychology, general psychology, learning, personality theory, and statistics. 
  • Courses or demonstrated competencies in principles and problems in education and curriculum development or methods of teaching and instruction. 
  • Most if not all psychology prerequisite preparation prior to entering the program.  It is possible for students to complete some prerequisites (e.g., education) after admission.

Full-Time or Part-Time Study and Residency Requirement:

Students may undertake the program on a full-time or part-time basis, but the program must be completed within ten years, and a minimum of three years of residency at Pace University is required, including one year of full-time study.  Class hours permit field work and generally allow for limited part-time employment in the first four years of study.  Whenever possible, paid internships are arranged in order to help alleviate the financial expense involved.

Program Elements:

The program requires 110 credit hours of study, a Qualifying Examination after the first year, a Proficiency Examination and Comprehensive Examination typically during the third or fourth year, a School and Clinical Child Psychology distributed internship typically in the third and fourth years, a full-time internship typically in the fifth year, and a doctoral project.  Details about specific deadlines and  the distributed internship are in the department’s Graduate Catalog.

Doctoral Program Information

Prior to receiving the doctoral degree in school-clinical child psychology, students must first complete a master’s degree in school psychology or have been awarded state or national psychology certification. Sixty-nine hours of the first three years of study in the doctoral program generally correspond to the M.S. Ed. in School Psychology at Pace University. Applicants with graduate credits from other institutions may enter the program but this prior work will be evaluated for transfer credit on a course-by-course basis only after acceptance into the doctoral program.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallCredits
At the end of the first year students are required to take a Qualifying Examination which they must pass in order to proceed to the second year of study. Students are permitted to take this examination a maximum of two times. Students who have received transfer credit for first-year courses are required to pass the Qualifying Examination for corresponding courses.  
PSY 501 Introduction to School and Clinical Child Psychology I 0
PSY 509A Practicum in Psychological Services: Psychotherapy 0
PSY 704 Advanced Developmental Psychology 3
PSY 717 Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior 3
PSY 721 Tests and Measurements 3
PSY 725 Advanced Personality Theories 3
 Credits12
Spring
PSY 502 Introduction to School-Clinical Child Psychology II 0
PSY 509A Practicum in Psychological Services: Psychotherapy 0
PSY 703 Psychological Assessment I 4
PSY 710 Psychopathology in Childhood and Adolescence 3
PSY 722 Intervention Tech II: Cognitive-Behavioral Perspectives 3
PSY 727 Learning Disabilities-Diagnosis/Remediation: Theories and Practice 3
 Credits13
Summer
PSY 876 Multicultural and Gender Intervention Issues 3
PSY 839 Psychoanalytic Theory 3
 Credits6
Year 2
Fall
During this second year students must review their academic progress with program advisors. At the end of this second year, upon completion of at least 42 graduate hours in the program, they are eligible to apply for the New York State School Psychology Internship Certificate. Candidates who wish to acquire school psychology certification in states other than New York should consult with program advisors. New Jersey, for example, requires a course in developmental disabilities.  
PSY 509A Practicum in Psychological Services: Psychotherapy 0
PSY 707 Psychological Assessment II 4
PSY 715 Statistics and Research Design I 4
PSY 737 Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy 3
PSY 738 School Field Experience and Seminar 3
 Credits14
Spring
PSY 509A Practicum in Psychological Services: Psychotherapy 0
PSY 712 Advanced Biological Bases of Behavior 3
PSY 713 Psychological Assessment III 4
PSY 723 Advanced Social Psychology 3
PSY 739 The Exceptional Child: Field Experience and Seminar 3
 Credits13
Summer
PSY 509A Practicum in Psychological Services: Psychotherapy 0
PSY 720 Integrating Seminar 3
 Credits3
Year 3
Fall
During the last semester of the School Psychology Internship, students are required to take proficiency and comprehensive examinations. To receive the M.S. Ed degree, they must pass the Proficiency Examination. To proceed to further doctoral study, they must pass the Comprehensive Examination.  
Note: Department catalog contains additional details relating to advanced standing  
PSY 509A Practicum in Psychological Services: Psychotherapy 0
PSY 734 Consultation 3
PSY 759 Early Childhood and Infant Assessment 3
PSY 750 School-Clinical Child Psychology I: Internship, Ethics and Seminar 4
PSY 711 Intervention Techniques I: Psychodynamic Perspectives 3
PSY 509A Practicum in Psychological Services: Psychotherapy 0
 Credits13
Spring
PSY 509A Practicum in Psychological Services: Psychotherapy 0
PSY 751 School-Clinical Child Psychology II: Internship, Ethics, and Seminar 4
PSY 716 Statistics and Research Design II 4
PSY 777 History and Systems in Psychology 3
PSY 810 Advanced Psychopathology 3
PSY 509A Practicum in Psychological Services: Psychotherapy 0
 Credits14
Year 4
Fall
Required Courses  
PSY 821 School-Clinical Child Psychology Internship I: Practicum and Seminar 3
PSY 834 Doctoral Project Seminar 1
PSY 726 Evidence-Based Practice 3
Elective Courses  
PSY 874
Group Interventions
or Family Interventions and Advanced Topic: Parenthood and Parent-Child Relations
3-4
 Credits10-11
Spring
PSY 000Psychology Elective Course 3-4
PSY 000Psychology Elective Course 3-4
PSY 000Psychology Elective Course 3-4
PSY 822 School-Clinical Child Psychology Internship II: Practicum and Seminar 3
PSY 835 Doctoral Colloquium 0
 Credits12-15
Year 5
Fall
PSY 861 Full-Time Internship I 0
 Credits0
Spring
PSY 862 Full Time Internship II 0
 Credits0
 Total Credits110

Years 2 to 6

Required Program Electives (15 credits)

For other upper-level electives that might be available, please see program advisor.

PSY 656Developmental Disabilities3
PSY 680Program Evaluation3
PSY 743Advanced Seminar in School-Clinical Child Psychology3
PSY 828Advanced Psychodiagnosis3
PSY 829Family Interventions 12
PSY 842Crisis Intervention: Brief and Short Term Psychotherapies3
PSY 844Advanced Topic: Parenthood and Parent-Child Relations 12
PSY 857Infant / Toddler Assessment and Intervention3
PSY 874Group Interventions 13