Ph.D. in Child, Family and School Psychology

Our Child, Family, and School Psychology (CFSP) Ph.D. program offers two tracks: one for students who are currently licensed school psychologists and one for students who are not licensed school psychologists (but want to become licensed).

Within each track, you will take advanced classes in assessment, clinical practice, supervision, and research methods to develop concentrated expertise in the field. You will gain the knowledge and skills to understand and collaborate with diverse families, students, educators, and professionals within our ever-evolving local and global society.

Ph.D. for Licensed School Psychologist

Our unique Pathway to Ph.D. for Ed.S. professionals allows you to deepen your expertise in the education and school psychology field. This degree program meets the needs of experienced professionals and recent graduates with an Ed.S. from a National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)-accredited program.

This program links professional knowledge and research with the world of practice. You will be able to pursue your interests through a flexible array of advanced courses in child and family studies, family and systems service delivery, organizational management, research and program evaluation, and policy development.

NOTE: This degree is not NASP approved because applicants to our program already qualify as Nationally Certified School Psychologists (NSCP), which is awarded by NASP. We also do not expect you to repeat any Ed.S. coursework.

Program requirements

You will need to complete 52-quarter credit hours in advanced coursework. You must also complete a comprehensive exam and a dissertation.

Approximate completion time

Two to three years

Ph.D. if you are not a licensed School Psychologist

If you want to pursue both a Ph.D and become a licensed school psychologist, this is the option for you. This track will put you on course to becoming a licensed school psychologist while completing your doctorate and is ideal for students with a master’s degree.

This program helps you build expertise in all aspects of doctoral-level school psychology services. You will be able to work on behalf of individuals, families, schools, and communities as a highly competent, self-reflective scientist-practitioner.

Licensure and certification

After you complete our Ph.D. program and pass the Praxis II/National Association of School Psychologists licensing exam, you are eligible for almost all state department of education school Psychologist licenses including the Colorado Department of Education School Psychologist license and the National Association of School Psychologists’ national certification. With appropriate post-doctoral supervision, you can also qualify to become a licensed psychologist in settings outside of schools.

Program requirements

You will need to complete 135-quarter credit hours and a supervised, 1,500-hour, full-time internship. Up to 45 quarter-credit hours may transfer in from a masters. You must also:

  • Complete a comprehensive exam
  • Complete a dissertation
  • Pass the Praxis II exam

Approximate completion time

Four to five years


Our PhD program is 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.

The School Psychology Licensure Ph.D. degree program is in the process of applying for American Psychological Association (APA) approval as a new applicant program seeking contingency accreditation.

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.


Department Chair
Dr. Cynthia Hazel
303-871-2961, KRH 256

Academic Services Associate
LeAnne Troutman
303-871-2944, KRH 307

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

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