Ph.D. in Child, Family and School Psychology – Pathways

Our Ph.D. – Pathways program is intended for Ed.S. professionals interested in deepening their research skills as it relates to the field of School Psychology. This degree program nurtures continuing education needs of experienced professionals and recent graduates with an Ed.S. from an accredited program.

This program links professional practice with research, clinic, and supervision courses to allow current school psychology professional to develop expertise in program evaluation. Students also participate in research, teaching, and service activities to prepare them for leadership positions in educational settings.


The program learning outcomes for the Ph.D. in Child, Family, and School Psychology – Pathways are as follows:

  • Consultation: able to collaborate in strengths-based, problem-solving, interdisciplinary teams with families, teachers, administrators, and other school and community personnel and to demonstrate appropriate interpersonal relations and professional dispositions and work characteristics;
  • Assessment: able to demonstrate evidence-based and culturally competent decision-making regarding selection, administration, and interpretation of assessments;
  • Intervention: able to employ data-based decision-making and systems-thinking that links assessment outcomes to effective individual, family, and group change and to deliver preventative, remedial strategic accommodations, intervention, and crisis services in a timely and professional manner;
  • Scholarship and Advocacy: able to apply, translate, and expand upon scientifically-based pedagogy and professional practice; able to advocate for the needs of children and families, to respect the dignity and worth of all persons, to exhibit compassion and self-awareness, and to demonstrate strong listening, oral and written communication skills.
Program requirements

You will need to complete 52-quarter credit hours.


This program is not accredited at this time.


Our selection process is competitive and based on broad criteria that include:

  • Graduate from National Association of School Psychologists approved Ed.S. Program
  • Academic achievement, with an incoming GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • GRE scores totaling 300 or higher
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to diversity issues
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience working with children and/or school settings
  • Letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement describing interest in School Psychology leadership and alignment with core tenure-track school psychology faculty
  • Alignment with the Aims and Competencies of the program, as outlined in the Ph.D. Handbook
Approximate completion time

Two to three years.

This is a full-time program (5-6 courses per quarter) and requires intense student commitment to complete the degree in the anticipated timeframe. Due to the structured coursework plan, it is recommended that students restrict employment to limited and flexible hours.


Department Chair
Dr. Rashida Banerjee
303-871-6597, KRH 245

Academic Services Associate
Jessica Espinosa-Galindo
303-871-4216, KRH 250C

Admissions Contact
Noah Schlueter
303-871-2509, KRH 110
Office Hours: By appointment only

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