St. John's College of Liberal Arts and SciencesQueens Campus
Earn a doctoral degree in School Psychology from St. John's University in New York City!
The School Psychology Psy.D. program is fully APA-accredited, as of April 2007, by the American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, D.C., 20002-4242, tel. (202) 336-5979.
The Psy.D. in School Psychology is also fully approved/accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and has been since 2012. The program is due for review during the Fall 2022 semester. Information about our program's admission and outcomes data is available.
The School Psychology Psy.D. program is also approved by the ASPPB/National Register.
The program offers both a general track and a bilingual track of study. A listing of program requirements for each track is accessible in Courses section below.
Professional licensure and certification requirements often vary from state to state. St. John’s University has not determined requirements for individual states beyond New York. If you reside or plan to reside outside New York you are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate state licensing agency in that state to seek information and guidance before beginning the program.
Read our frequently asked questions about the program, admissions, financial aid, and more within the Psychology Department.
Please see a list of our Psychology faculty.
Samuel O. Ortiz, Ph.D.
Program Director, School Psychology
Professor of Psychology
Academic Support Assistant
For admittance to the program, applicants must:
Prior to beginning required supervised clinical hours at the University Clinics and external clinical placement sites, students will be required to undergo and successfully pass a Criminal Background Check, at a cost of approximately $100. For more information, please consult the current Graduate Bulletin.
Advanced Standing applicants, please note:
The Advanced Standing program is highly competitive and is for students who have already earned their master’s degree in school psychology. Only one or two students are admitted into this program per year, and in some years no students are admitted. Applicants may choose to apply to the full Psy.D. general track, 105-credit program. The vast majority of courses for students in the advanced standing track are taught in the late afternoon/early evening. Some specific courses (i.e., Statistics) have been taught earlier during the day. This is important for advanced standing applicants to consider when applying for the program.
The University awards some Doctoral Fellowships annually to qualified graduate students. Doctoral fellows are generally appointed to the Department of Psychology where they work eighteen hours per week in support of faculty research. Additional assistantships are available in both academic and non-academic departments throughout the University. The University requires recipients to maintain a full-time course of study, and work in their respective department. The assistantships provide tuition remission and sometimes, a stipend. Recipients are prohibited from outside employment for the duration of their contract with the University.
Interested students must complete the Application for Graduate Assistantships/Doctoral Fellowships. Two letters of recommendation are required. Generally, Graduate Assistants have been selected based on academic achievement. Individual departments may have specific criteria for the consideration of assistants; the applicant should contact the Graduate Division of St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for more information.
Applicants for assistantships must also complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application; both forms are available in the Office of Financial Aid.
For further information about fellowships and assistantships at St. John's University please visit Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships.
The Psy.D. program requires the satisfactory completion of 105 credits, a comprehensive examination, the clinical competencies comprehensive examination, the PRAXIS II Examination, a doctoral dissertation, and a year-long internship.
Note: PSY 752 and 753 - Students will be required to spend three days per week in a school setting working under a Certified School Psychologist who is also a Licensed Psychologist. The Praxis School Psychologist Examination and the Comprehensive Examination are taken during this semester. Students will receive the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in School Psychology at the end of the third year if they pass the Praxis School Psychologist Examination and the Comprehensive Examination.
Note: PSY 754 and 755 - Students will be required to spend three days per week in a clinical setting working under a Licensed Psychologist (doctoral level). Students must successfully defend their dissertation proposals by December 1 of their fourth year to qualify for the fifth-year internship.
Note:* Students must take Psy 950 each semester until they complete their degree. However, they only receive 3 credits toward the degree. They will pay 3 credits until the dissertation is completed except for semesters when they are on internship when they will pay 1 credit.
The curriculum requirements for the School Psychology Bilingual track meet the requirements for Bilingual Certification by the New York State Department of Education in the following manner:
Twelve courses (36 credits) in the general school psychology program are also required of students in the bilingual program.
The following four courses in the program were altered to reflect material required by the New York State Department of Education for Bilingual Certification:
Practicum I & II (PSY 761B & 762B) provides students in their second year (prior to their internship) practicum experience in serving bilingual children and their families. These courses are similar in structure to the courses taken by the general School Psychology program (PSY 761 & 762), except that students in these courses are typically supervised by a bilingual school psychologist and are trained to provide school psychological services to bilingual children and their families.
Three courses (9 credits) are also required for students in the bilingual program. These include:
To obtain certification as a bilingual school psychologist in NY State, a student must take and pass the Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA). It is the student’s responsibility to register for this exam on his/her own. The BEA assesses knowledge and skills in the foundations of bilingual education, listening and reading comprehension, and written and oral expression. Offered in the target language of the certificate extension sought, it consists of multiple-choice questions, audio-taped listening and speaking components in English and the target language and reading and writing components in the target language. For more information about the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations, including online test registration, study guides, testing schedules, and more, go to: www.nystce.nesinc.com.
Students must obtain approval from the Program Director to enroll in the bilingual track. This decision must be made prior to the second semester in the program (during the fall semester of the first year). Enrollment in the bilingual track is not contingent upon passing the BEA. Students are expected to take the BEA exam only if they want to receive the bilingual credential in New York State. Those who chose not to take the BEA can still utilize the bilingual training in their practice as school psychologists.
* Students must take Psy 950 each semester until they complete their degree. However, they only receive 3 credits toward the degree. They will pay 3 credits until the dissertation is completed except for semesters when they are on internship when they will pay 1 credit.
Students admitted with a master's degree in School Psychology and a permanent or provisional certification in school psychology can be admitted with advanced standing. These students will be required to take 50 credits at minimum. If the student’s masters did not include courses that are required for licensure as a psychologist in New York State, the student will be required to substitute these courses for his or her electives. In addition, the student’s elective courses may be used to take courses that the Program Director deems were deficient or absent in their School Certification education. They must take courses that exist in our program if they did not have equivalent courses in their masters/certification program. Courses required for licensure include: Social (Psy 722) or Cross-Cultural (Psy 625); Cognition (Psy 617); Physiological (Psy 648) or Biological bases; Scaling and Measurement (Psy 659); and Research Methods (Psy 615).
Advanced Standing Track Course Schedule
Second Year Fall Semester
Third Year Fall Semester
Third Year Spring Semester
In accordance with the Vincentian mission of St. John¹s University and the 11 stated training goals for the Graduate Programs in School Psychology, the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) Program in School Psychology specifically aims to prepare doctoral candidates to be:
For more information about who are school psychologists, please visit the NASP website.