Doctor of Philosophy
Residency and Employment Policy
The minimum requirement for the Ph.D. program in School Psychology is three academic years of work beyond the bachelor's degree with one academic year of residence on campus. An academic year is defined as two terms of full-time study per calendar year.
As with the Ed.S. program, full-time study is required of all Ph.D. students at least until they complete all coursework and qualifying exams and have only their dissertation remaining. Minimally, this will involve two years of full-time study after the Ed.S. degree. Full-time study involves a minimum of 9 semester hours of coursework per semester. Residency involves consecutive academic years of full-time study. Students are allowed assistantship work or a part-time job working up to 20 hours per week during their residency.
Students working in psychology-related positions outside of the University must have these positions approved in advanced to ensure practice within all appropriate ethical guidelines. The School Psychology program director must be notified in writing of all gainful employment engaged in by students throughout their studies when that employment exceeds six hours per week.
To expand on the student employment area, the current policy passed by the School Psychology program faculty states:
It is expected that students accepted into the program will follow the pattern below with respect to financial aid and/or assistantship support:
- First Year: Graduate Assistantship in the Department or as set up by the Department
- Second Year: Graduate Assistantship in the Department or as set up by the Department
- Third Year: Teaching Assistantship or Graduate Assistantship, as appropriate, in the Department
- Fourth Year: Paid internship in a local school system and/or agency as set up by the Program (Ph.D. students)
- Fifth Year: Assistantship support as available
Exceptions to the pattern include:
- When the student chooses not to take an Assistantship because of no financial need or otherwise.
- When the student (with prior faculty approval) chooses to be employed in the community. Employment here requires a letter to the School Psychology program director and cannot involve more than 20 hours per week.
Ordinarily it is expected that students will accept a USF department or department-approved assistantship. However, community employment is acceptable only when the nature of the employment is clearly related to the goals of the USF School Psychology Program.
For Ph.D. students entering the Program with an Ed.S. in School Psychology only:
It is expected that these students will be involved in the second through fifth years as outlined above with assistantship support generally provided at the fifth year. However, with prior faculty approval, these students may be employed in the community for one year of their program for no more than 20 hours per week. If available, the School Psychology program tries to involve all doctoral students in at least one semester's work as a teaching assistant, offering a 3000-level course in the department.