Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in School Psychology

William James College offers a doctoral degree (PsyD) in school psychology that prepares practitioners to assume leadership roles in the field, with an emphasis on the delivery of mental health services in schools as well as development of advanced level practice skills.

Comprehensive program information can be found in the School Psychology PsyD Program Handbook and links to other documents on the lower left-hand column of this page. 

Mission and Purpose

The values and programmatic focus of William James College are reflected in the school's mission statement:

"William James College strives to be a preeminent school of psychology that integrates rigorous academic instruction with extensive field education and close attention to professional development. We assume an ongoing social responsibility to create programs to educate specialists of many disciplines to meet the evolving mental health needs of society ."

The School Psychology PsyD Program has been developed to serve the public need for highly skilled school psychologists and child mental health professionals.

Philosophy and Goals

The Program prepares professional school psychologists via a practitioner-scholar training model, as rigorous academic studies are integrated with closely supervised clinical practice. Consistent with the College's mission, the Program emphasizes experiential education, social responsibility and personal growth. Central to these core values is a commitment to appreciating and respect all aspects of diversity. In keeping with the model, values and philosophy described above, Programs goals are as follows:

  1. Students will demonstrate professional behaviors and attitudes that optimize their effectiveness as practitioners and role models.
  2. Students will be prepared to apply a broad foundation of psychological knowledge and theory to professional practice, enabling them to apply a scientific, evidence-based perspective to their understanding of human behavior.
  3. Students will be prepared to apply a sound foundation of practice-related knowledge, skills, and attitudes in delivering a comprehensive array of school psychological services.
  4. Students will attain knowledge and develop skills and attitudes that prepare them to assume leadership and supervisory roles in their work environments and in the professional community.
Who This Program is For

Individuals in any of the following three categories are encouraged to apply: 

  1. The applicant holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, education, or a closely related field; and has a strong record of academic performance and relevant work. Applicants in this category would seek admission as an MA/CAGS/PsyD student. 
  2. If offered admission to the MA/CAGS program but not the PsyD program, a matriculated student in good standing can apply to the PsyD in School Psychology program after transitioning from the MA to the CAGS level of the program in the fall of Year 2. 
  3. The applicant holds a specialist level (e.g., CAGS) degree in school psychology and seeks admission to the PsyD program as an advanced standing student. A student who is admitted with advanced standing may apply for advanced standing credit for qualifying coursework completed for the specialist level degree program (see details below). 
Students who complete the MA/CAGS level of the Program and students who are admitted with advanced standing to the PsyD will typically qualify for licensure as a school psychologist in Massachusetts, as well as other states. 

The PsyD degree affords the additional value over a specialist degree in school psychology in several ways. A doctoral program (1) provides more advanced training, (2) offers the opportunity to develop areas of specialized expertise, (3) increases the capacity to supervise other professionals, (4) expands opportunities to teach in higher education, (5) enhances the capacity to conduct research and evaluation studies, and (5) may qualify an individual to practice independently as a psychologist.

Career Outlook

Advantages of a Graduate School Education at William James College

94% of Graduates receive jobs in their field within 6 months of graduating

Job Outlook: Percent (%) Change in Employment for 2012-2022 Bureau of Labor Statistics
Marriage and Family Therapist Up 31%
Mental Health Counselor Up 29%
Clinical, Counseling & School Psychologists Up 11%

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School Psychologist No. 1 No. 31
Marriage and Family Therapist No. 33 No. 76
Mental Health Counselor No. 38 No. 97

Median Salaries* Data from 2009 APA Salary Survey and US News & World Report

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Clinical Psychologist $87,015
School Psychologist $67,880
Mental Health Counselor $47,000
Marriage and Family Therapist $46,240
* Licensed mental health professionals have the opportunity for additional income through private practice.

Our Difference: Percent (%) of Graduates to obtain a job within 6 months of graduation

William James College
MA in Counseling Psychology 100%
MA/CAGS in School Psychology 100%
MA in Forensic and Counseling Psychology 100%
MA in Organizational Psychology 88%
PsyD in Clinical Psychology 87%

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