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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

School Psychology (DSG)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 42.2805
College of Education (ED)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 116
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 84

Contact Information:
College of Education
Educational and Psychological Studies Department (ESF)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue EDU105
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
George Batsche
Phone: 813-974-9472


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Program Information

The Ph.D. program in School Psychology at the University of South Florida is offered through the College of Education's Department of Educational and Psychological Studies. The Program has been designed specifically for training in school psychology and has been developed to meet all relevant national accreditation standards. The Ph.D. program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association and fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists and the Florida Department of Education. Students who complete the School Psychology Training Program at USF automatically meet the academic and field training requirements for certification as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (N.C.S.P.).

The Ph.D. program in School Psychology is committed to training professionals who have expertise in the depth and diversity of both psychology and education. This training is accomplished within a scientist-practitioner model that emphasizes comprehensive school psychological services using a social and cognitive behavioral learning theory orientation that recognizes the impact of children's individual differences and the importance of multicultural awareness and skills. Graduates of the Ph.D. program move to positions of employment as university faculty and researchers, as psychologists in school, hospital, and agency settings, and as program leaders in applied settings. The program also offers professional development opportunities for practitioners in the field.

Major Research Areas
Pediatric School Psychology, Organizational Development and Consultation, Academic Assessment and Intervention, Problem-Solving and Response to Intervention, School-Based Mental Health Services, Positive Psychology, Behavior Disorders, Home-School Collaboration, Gender-Related Issues in Education and Adolescent Development, and ADHD


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools, NCATE, Approved by the National Association of School Psychologists and Accredited by the American Psychological Association.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: January 1
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: January 1
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below. Admission occurs once each year for the Fall class. The School Psychology program is a limited access program. This means that only a limited number of students are able to be accepted each year

Program Admission Requirements
For all admission, all programs require earned degrees from regionally accredited institutions. International students are also required to:

  • Provide a course-by-course evaluation of foreign transcripts from an approved external agency
  • Submit passing TOEFL scores

Prerequisite Coursework for Admission

  • Bachelors degree or higher
  • An undergraduate (or graduate) course in Statistics
  • An undergraduate (or graduate) course in Tests and Measurements (including issues such as reliability, validity, standard error of measurement, etc.)
  • An undergraduate (or graduate) course in Research Methods or Experimental Design with a lab component.

Required Admissions Materials

  • All admissions materials should be submitted directly to our program. A complete application includes the following:
  • A completed Application to Graduate Studies. All applications must be submitted online and can be located on our program website:
  • The application fee ($30) - payable by credit card.
  • Submit official GRE scores (Note: Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing scores are required; scores should not be more than 5 years old).
  • Provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities where you have completed coursework. Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher in upper division level undergraduate coursework.
  • Provide a statement of professional goals. In a 2-3 page statement, explain your immediate, intermediate, and long term goals as well as your research interests. Professional goals and research interests must be compatible with the School Psychology Program.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from professionals who are familiar with your scholarship and work history.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write professionally by submitting a scholarly paper completed as part of your prior course work.
  • If invited for an interview, a) present self professionally in an oral interview with two or more faculty members and graduate students, and b) provide a writing sample related to a relevant topic to the field of school psychology during the interview process.

For international applicants
Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the United States must also submit TOEFL scores earned within two (2) years of the desired term of entry. A minimum total score of 79 on the internet?based test, or 550 on the paper?based test, are required. Applications submitted with TOEFL scores that do not meet the minimum requirements will be denied. The TOEFL requirement may be waived if the applicant meets one of the following conditions:

  • The applicants native language is English, or
  • Has scored 500 or higher on the GRE Verbal Test, or
  • Has earned a college degree at a U.S. institution of higher learning, or
  • Has earned a college degree from an institution whose language of instruction is English (must be noted on the transcript), or
  • Has scored 6.5 on International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Admissions Status: Apply (Direct Receipt)


Program Degree Requirements

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree consists of approximately 84 semester hours beyond the Masters degree in School Psychology and includes advanced leadership coursework and practica experiences, concentration and area of emphasis courses in school psychology, a 2,000 clock hour internship, and the dissertation. A Master of Arts (M.A.) degree is earned by most students during the first year of their Ph.D. program. However, the M.A. is not considered a terminal degree and is not sufficient for state certification in school psychology.






Research Competencies



Research Design
Statistics I
Statistics II
Statistics III
Dissertation: Doctoral
*or similar course as recommended by doctoral committee and approved by the College and/or Graduate School


Psychological Foundations



Behavior Disorders
Social Psychology
Issues in Multicultural Education
Biological Bases of Behavior





Intervention I
Intervention II
Intervention III
Advanced Consultation
Advanced Behavioral Intervention


Professional Practice



Advanced Seminar
Intervention Practicum
Intervention Practicum
Advanced Practicum








Statistical Analysis for Educational Research III
Theory and Practice of Educational Evaluation
Problems in Educational Data Analysis
Systems Approaches for Program Planning, Evaluation
  and Development
Organization Development in Educational Institutions
  OR course recommended by doctoral committee
Directed Research
Practicum in Educational Planning , Evaluation,
  and Development




Note: Students may be required to take additional hours depending on the course of study and or academic deficiencies.






Area of Emphasis
All doctoral students in School Psychology must specialize in at least one Area of Emphasis.An area of emphasis is defined by course work, practice, research, and internship experiences taken by the student. Possible Areas of Emphasis include: Pediatric School Psychology, Organizational Development and Consultation, Academic Assessment and Intervention, Problem-Solving and Response to Intervention, School-Based Mental Health Services, Positive Psychology, Behavior Disorders, Home-School Collaboration, Gender-Related Issues in Education and Adolescent Development, and ADHD.

Qualifying Examination
The purpose of the qualifying examination is to evaluate the students ability to apply and synthesize the skills and knowledge acquired during graduate study. Students must successfully complete the qualifying examination and complete all required coursework before admission to doctoral candidacy.

Tests or Examinations
All students must complete the General Knowledge Exam prior to internship. It is recommended that students take both the General Knowledge Examination and the Professional Education Examination (required for degree completion) at the same time. Both of these requirements should be completed as a part of the Ed.S. degree. All students are required to take and pass the National Association of School Psychology Certification Exam during the internship year, prior to graduation.

Residency Requirement
University academic residency is defined as registration for at least 9 semester hours, two semesters in a 12 month period.






College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

EDF7410, EDF6407, EDF7408, EDF7484, SPS7980, SPS6101, EDF6938, EDF6883, EDF6213, SPS6700, SPS6701, SPS6702, SPS6702, SPS7700, SPS7936, SPS6940, SPS6941, EDG7931, SPS7090, SPS6947, EDF7484, EDF7485, EDF7488, EDF7493, EDF7655, EDG79l0, EDF7940,