Meet the Growing Demand for School Psychologists

Our educational system urgently needs more school psychologists to drive better learning and mental health, safe, positive climates, stronger family/school collaboration and higher institutional accountability. If you’re inspired by the challenge, your timing couldn’t be better. There’s a national shortage of qualified experts, and these skills are in demand.

The NSU Psy.D. in School Psychology program prepares you to serve the educational, behavioral, social and emotional needs of students, families, teachers and staff. Collaborate closely with top-tier faculty who have built experience at the highest levels and earned the respect of their peers nationwide.

Class size is strictly limited: fewer than 10 candidates are chosen per year. This is so each of you is assured faculty access and mentoring few other programs can match. (In fact, the close faculty/student collaboration is frequently mentioned by NSU alumni as one of the standout benefits.)

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1 of Only 10 Programs Accredited Nationwide

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, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002

Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail:

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.

National NASP Recognition

The NSU School Psychology Psy.D program also holds the designation of national recognition by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Quick Facts

Delivery Options

Held on Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus.

Start Dates

The Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program is offered once per year, beginning in August. Submit your application by January 8 (Jan 8 is the early deadline date; June 30 is the late deadline date).


Tuition for the degree program is $1,160 per credit hour.

Degree Completion
NSU’s Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program is a five-year curriculum, including a minimum of 119 total credits to complete, successfully passing the Clinical Competency Examination, and completing a one-year internship to be eligible for the degree.

Unique Clinical and Internship Experiences

You’ll turn theory into satisfying practice through your assessment, consultation, and intervention at the Mailman Segal Center (MSC) for Human Development and the University School of NSU (U School), both part of NSU.

You’ll also broaden your clinical practice perspective at the school-related Psychological Assessments and Clinical Interventions (SPACI) Clinic, housed within the NSU Psychology Services Center.

Why Choose NSU?

  • APA-CoA, NASP accreditation, and complies with Florida state licensure requirements
  • Empirically-based
  • Prepares you for state licensure as doctoral-level psychologist
  • Stellar faculty: unprecedented access and mentoring

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Earning Potential

Clinical, Counseling and School Psychologists $76,990 Average salary per year

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

Which School Psychology Degree is Right for Me – Psy.S. or Psy.D.?

If your goal is to work directly with children in K-12 schools, the Psy.S. degree enables you to graduate sooner, at less cost. If you seek teaching, researching or senior-level roles, you’ll likely need to earn your doctorate.
Psy.S. in School Psychology

National standard for entry into this specialized field

About three years of study + full-time, one-year internship 

Graduate sooner, enter field faster:

  • Qualifies you to pursue comprehensive practice and career advancement primarily in schools or related settings
  • May qualify for private or independent practice (varies by state)
Psy.D. in School Psychology

Highest level of education in this specialized field

About five to six years of study + full-time, one-year internship

Qualify for broader or higher-level career roles:

  • Comprehensive practice and career advancement in schools, private/independent practice, hospitals 
  • University teaching 
  • Research 
  • Possibly greater eligibility for other credentials

Meet Our National School Psychology Experts

Peter Caproni, Ph.D.

Dr. Caproni’s focus is school safety (particularly needs of diverse students and students identifying as LGBT), post-traumatic growth, public policy advocacy, mindfulness, collaborative/therapeutic assessment and psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Ralph Cash, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr. Cash concentrates on suicide prevention, psychology student training using simulated patients, doctoral-level school psychologist competency determination, and assessments of the effects of public policy advocacy training on advocacy behaviors.

Scott Poland, Ed.D.

Dr. Poland’s core interests include school safety, youth suicide, self-injury, bullying, school crisis prevention/intervention, threat assessment and parenting in challenging times.

Sarah Valley-Gray, Psy.D, ABPP

Dr. Valley-Gray’s passion is psychology training, including areas of supervision, use of standardized patients to prepare beginning psychologists for practice, graduate education in school psychology, and evaluation of competencies in school psychology curricula.

Angela Waguespack, Ph.D.

Dr. Waguespack focuses on school and community efforts to foster healthy development and school readiness, including better access to and implementation of services to improve educational and mental health outcomes for diverse children and families.

Shannon Worton, Psy.D.

Shannon Worton, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist and Assistant Director of the School-related Psychological Assessments and Clinical Interventions (SPACI) clinic housed within NSU’s Psychology Services Center.

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