Policy and Procedures for Seeking Advanced Standing Credit
This information applies only to external applicants seeking Advanced Standing Status in the PsyD Program in School Psychology at William James College. It does not apply to internal applicants (i.e, graduates of our MA/CAGS School Psychology Program).
Applicants who are offered admission with advanced standing to the School Psychology PsyD Program have the opportunity to submit documentation, as described on this web page, to determine what prior coursework and experience will be approved to meet program requirements. Students petition the School Psychology PsyD Program faculty by submitting course-specific applications that may qualify under one of two categories—advanced standing credit or course waiver—which are described in Appendix A.
- Applicants may submit documentation of satisfactory completion of a comparable graduate level course and/or of other learning experiences that meet the course objectives of the required course
- The documentation will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee of the School Psychology PsyD Program, with four possible outcomes for each course under consideration:
- Course accepted toward advanced standing, with a concomitant reduction in the overall number of credits required for the degree;
- Course waiver, with no reduction in the number of overall credits required for the degree;
- Partial credit; supplemental activity (e.g., directed study, independent assignment, elective course, etc.) may be designated to address the curriculum gap;
- No advanced standing credit or waiver granted.
- Prior to the decision date for accepting or declining the offer of admission, applicants will be provided with the results of this review and advised as to what their individual program of study would expectedly include.
In summary, an applicant may submit documentation of satisfactory completion of a comparable graduate level course and/or of other learning experiences that meet the course objectives of the required course. The documentation will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee of the School Psychology PsyD Program in determining the decision for advanced standing status.
Applying for Advanced Standing Status
To submit an application for advanced standing status, please:
- Read through the Advanced Standing Policy and Procedures, and
- Carefully follow the Advanced Standing Application Instructions.
Advanced Standing Application - Worksheets
The links below are .doc files, please save them to your local hard drive.
Explanation of Terms
Advanced standing is a formal status granted to a newly matriculated student in a PsyD program who enter William James College with a previously completed, recognized 60-credit master's or specialist degree in school psychology or a closely related field
Advanced Standing Credit
Advanced standing credit may be granted for a graduate course from an accredited institution that demonstrates equivalence in content and level of instruction to a core course offered in our School Psychology Program, and is approved as such by the program's director or admissions committee. Students with advanced standing status enter the School with a concomitant reduction in the overall minimum number of credits required for the degree.
Course waivers imply that the applicant's learning experience demonstrates significant learning in a course-related area that relates directly to the PsyD Program in School Psychology. Based on the applicant's prior academic experience (including, but not limited to knowledge and skills acquired in previously completed courses that may not be eligible for advanced standing credit), the program director or admissions committee may waive one or more required courses and designate a suitable curriculum replacement(s). However, in no case will said waivers constitute a reduction in the number of overall credits required for a degree program. The decision to grant waivers and apply substitute course credits is a matter for the program dean/director or admissions committee, and is not subject to appeal.