What will I learn?

With a doctorate in school psychology, you can develop the core psychology skills you’ll need to become a leader in the field of school psychology, addressing both the complexity of contemporary schools and the needs of students and families. You can pursue a career in elementary, middle and high schools, as well as agencies, hospitals, community-based organizations, colleges and universities.

Why Earn Your PsyD in School Psychology at Adelphi?

  • Receive exemplary training in clinical, diagnostic research and consultative skills from a premier school of psychology in our full-time program.
  • Study in a program committed to community engagement and social justice, with a focus on multicultural educational contexts, emphasizing diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Benefit from hands-on training at the school-based Equity Lab Institute, Social Training Center for Students on the Spectrum and the Derner Hempstead Child Clinic.

The Adelphi University Doctoral Program in School Psychology philosophical and educational models of training are born within an ecological framework. That is, research and teaching are guided by advancing social justice for all children through science, practice, and policy. The ecological model, as articulated by Bronfenbrenner, suggests a structure for the training of practitioner-scientists who understand and practice psychology in a sociocultural context. The ecological model allows for the conceptualization of relationships among various aspects of the individual (i.e., biological, cultural, and relational), in numerous forms of social organizations (i.e., families, schools, neighborhoods, communities, vocational settings) and through multiple structural influences (i.e., socioeconomic factors, social policy, reward systems). Traditionally, the discipline and practice of psychology have focused more on the individual and internal influences and less on the context and environment of the person. The ecological model takes a multi-leveled perspective by including the influences of the social context and the environment in relation to the individual. The model also requires consideration of systemic forces operating on individuals and promotes continued evaluation of current constructs and standards for theory, research, and practice. The Adelphi School Psychology Doctoral Program prepares school psychologists to think systemically and be aware of the profound impact culture and the environment have on the learning and emotional health of children.

Which department am I in?

Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology

Study options

Full Time (99 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $1,490 per credit hour
Start date

Expected August 2022


Adelphi University

1 South Avenue,


New York,

11530, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

The School Psychology Doctoral faculty recommend a grade point average of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale).

Final transcripts indicating a conferred bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution.

The application deadline for the School Psychology PsyD program is December 1st.

Internet-based Test (IBT) TOEFL - Total of 80 or better or the completion of ELS Language Center’s Level 112 is required. The IELTS (with a score of 6.5) may also be accepted in lieu of the TOEFL exam.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.