School-Clinical Child Psychology, PsyD

Doctoral Program Information

New York City Campus

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.

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 Curriculum (100 credits)

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.

Year 1

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.

Fall Term (12 credits)

PSY 501Introduction to School and Clinical Child Psychology I

0 credits

PSY 509Practicum A, B, C, or D

0 credits

PSY 704Advanced Developmental Psychology

3 credits

PSY 717Psychology of Learning: Theory and Applications

3 credits

PSY 721Tests and Measurements

3 credits

PSY 725Advanced Personality Theories

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:12

Spring Term (13 credits)

PSY 502Introduction to School-Clinical Child Psychology II

0 credits

PSY 509Practicum A, B, C, or D

0 credits

PSY 703Psychological Assessment I

4 credits

PSY 710Psychopathology in Childhood and Adolescence

3 credits

PSY 722Intervention Tech II: Cognitive-Behavioral Perspectives

3 credits

PSY 727Learning Disabilities-Diagnosis/Remediation: Theories and Practice

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:13

Summer Term (6 credits)

PSY 876Multicultural and Gender Intervention Issues

3 credits

And

PSY 000Psychology Elective Course

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Year 2

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.

Fall Term (14 credits)

PSY 509Practicum A, B, C, or D

0 credits

EDU 701The School Field Experience and Seminar

3 credits

PSY 707Psychological Assessment II

4 credits

PSY 715Statistics and Research Design I

4 credits

PSY 737Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:14

Spring Term (13 credits)

PSY 509Practicum A, B, C, or D

0 credits

EDU 702The Exceptional Child: Field Experience and Seminar

3 credits

PSY 712Advanced Physiological Psychology

3 credits

PSY 713Psychological Assessment III

4 credits

PSY 723Advanced Social Psychology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:13

Year 3

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.

Fall Term (13 credits)

PSY 509Practicum A, B, C, or D

0 credits

PSY 734Consultation

3 credits

PSY 759Early Childhood and Infant Assessment

3 credits

PSY 750School-Clinical Child Psychology I: Internship, Ethics and Seminar

4 credits

PSY 711Intervention Techniques I: Psychodynamic Perspectives

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:13

Spring Term (14 credits)

PSY 509Practicum A, B, C, or D

0 credits

PSY 751School-Clinical Child Psychology II: Internship, Ethics, and Seminar

4 credits

PSY 716Statistics and Research Design II

4 credits

PSY 777History and Systems in Psychology

3 credits

PSY 810Advanced Psychopathology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:14

Year 4

Fall Term (10-11 credits)

Required Courses (7 credits):
PSY 509Practicum A, B, C, or D

0 credits

PSY 821School-Clinical Child Psychology Internship I: Practicum and Seminar

3 credits

PSY 834Doctoral Project Seminar

1 credits

And

PSY 000ONE department-advisor approved 700-level course

3 credits

Elective Course Choices (3/6 credits):
PSY 874Group Interventions

3 credits

OR

PSY 829Family Interventions

3 credits

And

PSY 844Advanced Topic: Parenthood and Parent-Child Relations

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:10-11

Spring Term (12-13 credits)

PSY 509Practicum A, B, C, or D

0 credits

PSY 000Psychology Elective Course

3/4 credits

PSY 000Psychology Elective Course

3/4 credits

PSY 000Psychology Elective Course

3/4 credits

PSY 822School-Clinical Child Psychology Internship II: Practicum and Seminar

3 credits

PSY 835Doctoral Colloquium

0 credits

Total Credit Hours:12-13

Year 5

Fall Term (0 credits)

PSY 861Full-Time Internship I

0 credits

Spring Term (0 credits)

PSY 862Full Time Internship II

0 credits

Years 2 to 6

Required Program Electives (15 credits)

Note: Elective choices must include PSY 874 or PSY 829 and PSY 844.

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

PSY 656Developmental Disabilities

3 credits

PSY 680Program Evaluation

3 credits

PSY 743Advanced Seminar in School-Clinical Child Psychology

3 credits

PSY 828Advanced Psychodiagnosis

3 credits

PSY 839Psychoanalytic Theory

3 credits

PSY 842Crisis Intervention: Brief and Short Term Psychotherapies

3 credits

PSY 857Infant / Toddler Assessment and Intervention

3 credits

PSY 874Group Interventions

3 credits

PSY 829Family Interventions

3 credits

PSY 844Advanced Topic: Parenthood and Parent-Child Relations

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

   Total Credits: 110

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