Doctor of Philosophy
The School Psychology Ph.D. program consists of a minimum of 84 credit hours beyond the Master's degree. Students in USF's Ed.S. program in School Psychology may use up to 12 semester hours of earned USF credit during the first year of their Ed.S. program toward a Ph.D. degree. Students who have taken graduate level courses as a non-degree seeking student at USF will be allowed to transfer up to 12 semester hours as approved by the program faculty. Finally, students from other institutions will be allowed to transfer in three courses or eight graduate semester hours as approved by the program faculty.
Because the Ph.D. program consists of 84 credit hours beyond the Master's degree, USF School Psychology students may incorporate coursework from the second and third years of their Ed.S. program (assuming it is post-Master's) into the Ph.D. program of studies. This must be done with the student's four-member Doctoral Committee.
The student approves an individualized doctoral program during the first or second academic semester in the program for students entering from another university with a Master's degree or beyond (see below for more specific requirements). If a student is already in the program, the individualized doctoral program will be approved during the first semester after conferral of the Master's degree for students already in the program.
The Ph.D. program also requires students to complete an area of emphasis as part of their studies. This allows a student to focus on one or more specialization areas within School Psychology (e.g., organizational consultation, school-based mental health services, pediatric school psychology and intervention). This provides an opportunity for students to graduate with another area of advanced expertise.
The USF School Psychology Program admits Ph.D. students who have already earned an Ed.S. or the equivalent and are certified as school psychologists and/or who are looking for advanced doctoral study in the field. These advanced students create their own individualized specialization program within the broader school psychology curriculum, allowing for more in-depth study of content and issues in the field.