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

Students in our American Psychological Association-accredited* and National Association of School Psychologists-approved Ph.D. – Licensure program benefit from our nationally recognized rigorous course of study in the heart of Denver.

We train students as scientist-practitioners who contribute to the body of accumulated knowledge in the field as well as address challenges affecting K-12 pupils’ learning, behavior, development and cognition. The School Psychology program promotes an ecological model embedded in a social justice orientation and emphasizes skill development using evidence-based practice, current learning theory, and field-specific research.

Graduates have in-demand skills that create ample opportunity for employment as faculty at postsecondary institutions, practitioners in the public K-12 education sector, or psychologists in the clinical setting. Graduates have the opportunity to attain their National Association of School Psychologists’ national certification, the Colorado Department of Education School Psychologist license and, upon completion of post-doctoral requirements (which vary by state), license as a Health Service Provider.

*Note: The program is APA accredited until September 1, 2022.

Program requirements

You will need to complete 135-quarter credit hours and a supervised 2,000-hour APA/APPIC approved full-time internship. Up to 45 quarter-credit hours may transfer in from a master’s degree. Among other program requirements, you must also:

  • Pass the Praxis II exam
  • Complete a doctoral residency
  • Pass the doctoral comprehensive exam
  • Successfully defend your dissertation

The School Psychology Licensure Ph.D. program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA)The American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychologists in the United States. APA educates the public about psychology, behavioral science, and mental health; promotes psychological science and practice; fosters the education and training of psychological scientists, practitioners and educators; advocates for psychological knowledge and practice to inform public policy; and champions the application of psychology to promote human rights, health, well-being and dignity.

The School Psychology Licensure Ph.D. program is also accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) is a professional association that represents more than 25,000 school psychologists, graduate students, and related professionals throughout the United States and 25 other countries. The world’s largest organization of school psychologists, NASP works to advance effective practices to improve students’ learning, behavior, and mental health. Our vision is that all children and youth thrive in school, at home, and throughout life.


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

  • Academic achievement, with an incoming GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • GRE scores totalling 300 or higher
  • Research and clinical experience
  • 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 and alignment with core tenure-track faculty
  • Alignment with the Aims and Competencies of the program, as outlined in the Ph.D. Handbook

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

*No data available at this time.

approximate completion time

Four to five years.


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

Academic Services Associate

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

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