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."
Consistent with this mission and focus, the School Psychology PsyD Program has been developed (1) to serve the public need for highly skilled school psychologists and child mental health professionals, and (2) to make doctoral level training in school psychology more accessible and feasible to capable and committed trainees. While the curriculum has a considerable emphasis on development of clinical skills, the role and expertise of a doctoral level school psychologist is distinct from that of a clinical psychologist. Applicants should understand that our School Psychology PsyD Program prepares graduates to apply advanced expertise and clinical skills in the implementation of school psychological services. This is reflected in the program's philosophy and goals.