School Psychology PsyD Program

Request InformationWilliam 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. Programs goals and objectives are as follows:

Goal 1. Students will demonstrate professional behaviors and attitudes that optimize their effectiveness as practitioners and role models.

Objectives:

1.1 Students will engage in professional behavior, communication and relationships that ensure their effectiveness as practitioners.

1.2 Students will develop knowledge, skills, and awareness that respect cultural and individual diversity, and demonstrate it in their professional activities.

1.3 Students will attain the requisite knowledge of relevant ethical and legal standards, and adhere to these standards in training and practice.

1.4 Students will engage in reflective practice and self-assessment to optimize their effectiveness as practitioners and role models.

Goal 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.

Objectives:

2.1 Students will acquire, and be able to apply, essential scientific knowledge and methods to the study of psychology.

2.2 Students will acquire a working knowledge of research design and methods.

Goal 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.

Objectives:

3.1 Students will attain the requisite knowledge and skills in academic and behavioral intervention to deliver school psychological services.

3.2 Students will attain the requisite knowledge and skills in assessment and measurement to deliver school psychological services.

3.3 Students will attain the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes in individual and group counseling to deliver school psychological services.

3.4 Students will attain the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes in consultation to deliver school psychological services.

3.5 Students will attain the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes in working with families to deliver school psychological services.

Goal 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

Objectives:

4.1 Students will attain knowledge and skills in supervision that facilitate their assuming leadership roles.

4.2 Students will attain knowledge and skills in leadership and team facilitation that facilitate their assuming leadership roles.

4.3 Students will attain knowledge and skills in systems-level intervention and program development that facilitate their assuming leadership roles.

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

Job Outlook: Percent (%) Change in Employment for 2014-2024 Bureau of Labor Statistics
Marriage and Family Therapist Up 15%
Mental Health Counselor Up 20%
Clinical, Counseling & School Psychologists Up 19%

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School Psychologist No. 2
Marriage and Family Therapist No. 16
Mental Health Counselor No. 33

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

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Clinical Psychologist $87,015
School Psychologist $67,760 (for a 10-month contract)
Mental Health Counselor $40,850
* Licensed mental health professionals have the opportunity for additional income through private practice.
Accreditation

William James College offers an APA-accredited 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 left-hand column of this page.

Questions related to the program's accredited status 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

NASP Presentations

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The School Psychology Department had 17 presentations by students, alumni, and faculty at the Annual Convention of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) in San Antonio, TX from February 21-24. This year’s conference theme was “Small Steps Change Lives,” and an inspirational keynote was delivered by the incomparable Dr. Tererai Trent. Presentations led by William James College included posters, papers,practitioner conversations, trainer exchanges, mini-skills, special sessions,and documented sessions. Students, alumni, and faculty who hold various leadership positions within NASP also attended key meetings designed to further the work of the profession. The School Psychology Department hosted a program meet-up on the San Antonio Riverwalk, and enjoyed debuting their “WJC School Psychology” fleece jackets. Faculty also enjoyed a spectacular night out at the San Antonio Rodeo! 

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