School Psychology is the application of the principles of psychology to the learning and developmental processes of children and adolescents. School psychologists conduct psychological and educational evaluations in order to plan remedial programs for students, counsel students with learning and school adjustment problems, consult with school personnel and parents, develop and implement educational and psychological programs for schools, and evaluate school programs.
The Ph.D. program in School Psychology is grounded in the scientist-practitioner model of training. The APA-accredited* Ph.D. program in School Psychology is grounded in the scientist-practitioner model of training. The program adheres to the idea that practice and research should reciprocally influence and strengthen each other. The program prepares students to integrate scientific knowledge and skills into all professional activities, to promote empirically established practices on behalf of those being served, and to exemplify the legal and ethical standards of the psychology profession.
The program is typically a five-year, 120 credit hour program. Four years are spent in full-time coursework at UCA, and the fifth year is a full-time internship in a school or other appropriate setting. Strong emphasis is placed on child mental health promotion, primary prevention, and intervention with a broad range of community related problems involving children, families, and schools. In this and other ways, the program is responsive to on-going societal concerns facing children. It prepares its graduates to work in schools, clinics, community agencies, and hospitals.
The primary purpose of the program is to prepare students to provide and promote empirically-supported psychological services for children, youth, families, and schools. The program is founded on the central belief that school psychologists offer a unique and valuable contribution to society through the provision of scientifically sound prevention and intervention services. The need for quality school psychological services has been strongly felt throughout the state of Arkansas, the United States, and beyond. The Ph.D. program responds to this need in a pragmatic manner by emphasizing mental health promotion, prevention, and intervention at the individual, group, and systemic/programmatic levels.
Housed within the Department of Psychology and Counseling in the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, the program emphasizes the professional identity of school psychologists within the broader field of psychology, a breadth and depth of professional training that prepares candidates to competently perform a variety of school psychology functions, and an education that values and respects cultural diversity among candidates, faculty, and service recipients.
* For more information or questions about APA accreditation, contact: APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, (202) 336-5979.
Highlights of our program include:
- 120-credit-hour program including dissertation research and 2,000 hour internship
- Research Assistantship & Teaching Assistantship positions available
- Close working relationships with School Psychology faculty members
- Opportunities for leadership in departmental graduate student association and as student representatives to Arkansas School Psychology Association, National Association of School Psychologists, and American Psychological Association
- Funding available for conference travel to present research
- Typically, 4-6 students admitted each year
- Program goals
- Program statistics
- Sample curriculum & course descriptions
- Doctoral practicum & internship information
- Certification & licensure in Arkansas
- Application deadline is February 10
- Admission Information and Application Form
- Program Costs and Financial Aid
- List of Current UCA Student Organizations
- Links to information on Conway, Central Arkansas
- Doctoral Program Handbook 2011-12
- Doctoral Program Handbook 2012-13
- Petition for Candidacy_45-hour Masters Degree_for PhD Students
- Spring 2014 Newsletter
- Practicum/Internship Forms
- Log Form for Doctoral Students
- Practicum-Internship Supervisor Information Form
- Doctoral Practicum-Internship Supervisor Rating Scale
- Doctoral Practicum-Internship Self-Rating Scale
- American Psychological Association
- APA Division 16 – School Psychology
- Arkansas School Psychology Association
- Arkansas Psychology Board
- Arkansas Department of Education / Special Education
- Use of Human Research Participants
- Use of Animal Research Participants
- Sponsored Programs Website
- STOPS database - contains information on scholarships, fellowships, internships, grants, travel internships and awards for students at all levels including undergraduate and graduate
- APA Grants