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Accreditation

The College of Psychology Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program in School Psychology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. Questions related to the accredited status of the program should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

The doctoral program in school psychology is approved by the Florida Department of Education (DOE). In addition, the doctoral program in school psychology holds the designation of national Recognition by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The accreditation for this program is awarded to the university through the Fischler College of Education as follows: The Fischler College of Education at Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), www.ncate.org.

The doctoral curriculum is designed to be consistent with the Florida state licensure requirements as both a school psychologist and a psychologist under Chapter 490, Florida Statutes.

Program Aim

The aim of the doctor of psychology (Psy.D.) program in school psychology is to prepare graduates to serve the educational, behavioral, social, and emotional needs of the individuals, families, and educational personnel they serve. The program focuses on addressing, assessing, and evaluating attainment of the Profession-Wide Competencies (PWC) and Discipline-Specific Knowledge (DSK) as outlined by the Standards of Accreditation (SoA) of the American Psychological Association (APA) through the lens of the practitioner-informed-by-science training model.  For additional information regarding the Profession-Wide Competencies (PWC) and Discipline-Specific Knowledge (DSK) may be found by clicking on the following link

Practica

During the completion of their required practicum experiences, candidates have the opportunity to link theory to practice by engaging in assessment, consultation, and intervention at the Mailman Segal Center (MSC) for Human Development and the University School of NSU (USchool), both of which are part of the NSU community. Also on the NSU campus at the Psychology Services Center (PSC), the School-related Psychological Assessments and Clinical Interventions (SPACI) Clinic serves many of the practice-related training needs of the school psychology candidates. In addition, during the summer of their first and second years, candidates participate in the Summer Reading Explorers program, a grant funded research and service project to support reading acquisition among at-risk young children in Miami-Dade County. Finally, candidates have the opportunity to complete applied practica within the tri-county public school district of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties as well as private schools and mental health agencies within the community. Internship provides the culminating training experience in preparing the candidate as a health service provider.

Research

The Directed Study, the capstone research project, reflects each candidate's individual interests and provides an opportunity for the consolidation of knowledge, as well as an emerging area of expertise in a specific area of inquiry. Supervised training and mentorship in the consumption of research sets the stage for life-long learning and subsequent interpretation and utilization of research to guide psychological practice.

Curriculum and Degree Completion

Information on the curriculum and degree completion requirements is located HERE.

Faculty

Candidates benefit from the expertise of core faculty who have experience as school psychology practitioners, and are actively involved in leadership activities at the state and national level, including two previous presidents of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). The College has approximately 50 full-time faculty members that include nationally renowned professionals, and several core part-time and adjunct faculty that work as practitioners or administrators in the schools.

Handbook

A link to the program handbook is located below.

Who should enroll?

The doctoral program welcomes individuals with a bachelor's or master's degree in psychology. Those who hold the bachelor's degree must have completed a minimum of 18 credit hours in psychology. All applicants must demonstrate scholastic ability and interpersonal skills to be an effective psychological practitioner in the schools.

School psychology is consistently ranked among the top careers. The 2016-2017 Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects psychology job growth to increase by 19%. Moreover, according to US News 25 Best Jobs of 2015, school psychology is the 17th best job and is projected to grow by 11.3% by the year 2022 with an unemployment rate of 0.2%, indicating that school psychology is a promising occupation.

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