Frequently Asked Questions – Doctorate in Educational Psychology (PsyD)

What is the difference between a PhD and a PsyD?

A PhD is more research based and is designed for those that want to focus more on teaching and conducting research. Although a PsyD degree holder can and do teach and conduct research, the emphasis is on applied clinical work.

What is the format of the courses?

The program is offered online.

What is the advantage of earning a PsyD in Educational Psychology?

A PsyD in Educational Psychology will broaden the career opportunities of current school psychologists. Graduates will be able to teach and conduct research. And although a doctorate is not required to pursue licensure as an Educational Psychologist, a doctorate can offer a competitive advantage for those seeking this licensure or for those who already have obtained it. A licensed educational psychologist (LEP) may work in private practice conducting assessments for families and private schools that do not have a school psychologist on staff.

Can I work throughout the program?

The majority of students are working full-time throughout the program. Courses are designed for working professionals.

What kind of support is offered throughout the doctoral research project? How long will it take?

Students in this program can expect to have faculty guide them through their research and dissertation process. They will consult with their course instructor early in the process, and then with their Chair and their reader during the development of the dissertation as a means of ensuring that their efforts are always working toward their goal. This occurs over a three-course sequence that will allow you to complete your dissertation within six 8-week terms.

What are some examples of projects that students are working on?

Development of a Handbook for Educators; Addressing Working Memory Capacity in Elementary Students; Understanding and Responding to Adolescents Who Self-Injure; Re-Conceptualizing the Student Study Team within a Response to Intervention Framework; School-based Assessment of ADHD; Empowering Spanish-speaking Parents of students with Emotional Disturbance; Visual Supports for the Learning Disabled: A Handbook for Educators


I don’t have my PPS credential in School Psychology but I have worked in the K-12 sector for a number of years. Can this requirement be waived?

A PPS credential in School Psychology is a prerequisite and cannot be waived. Students can apply for the master’s program or the PPS credential-only program (if they already have a master’s degree in a related area). The application process for internal applicants is much more simplistic.