School Psychology (PsyD)

What is A School Psychology (PsyD) Degree?

Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and mental processing–the mind.  So, it’s a field that people really enjoy studying because what’s not to like about basically learning about you?!  The field has a very broad application, even though many people think it’s mainly about counseling people and helping them with their problems.  School Psychologists use their knowledge and skills of behavior and mental processing to help children and youth—in reality, all levels of learners—to learn, to handle social situations and emotional difficulties, and to behave appropriately in a variety of situations.  They also work with teachers and administrators to help them to use good techniques in dealing with students who need help.

Since the Master’s degree or Specialist’s degree and a license are the basic requirements to become a School Psychologist, the PsyD degree in School Psychology is usually pursued by people who want to work with children and families in school settings where more specialized treatment is needed. The degree is an alternative to the PhD, and, with its emphasis on the treatment aspects of the field, will include more application courses and internship experiences earlier in the program than a PhD will.  As far as practicing as a School Psychologist goes, the PhD and PsyD are generally considered to be equal, although the PhD is likely preferred for obtaining university teaching positions.

The video below discusses a “typical” program, so it should help regardless of which school you are considering.

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