Principally designed to train doctoral-level practitioners in schools, the School Psychology program at CU Denver provides students with advanced professional training in psychological assessment, direct and indirect interventions, prevention strategies and research methodologies.
At CU Denver, we provide a learning environment that integrates rigorous academic study with intensive supervised clinical experience. Nationally-recognized faculty provide innovative professional training in the delivery of culturally responsive school-based psychological services to meet the mental health needs of children and youth.
The PsyD Program is integral to the missions of the University and the School of Education & Human Development (SEHD). Specifically, the University has a broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service. Consistent with this broad mission, the SEHD fosters enhanced student opportunity, achievement and success for diverse individuals and groups across the lifespan in and out of the classroom.
The PsyD continues the school’s long tradition of rigorous, in-depth, supervised clinical experience and our 31-year history of training school psychologists. The course of study includes coursework, practica, externships, a capstone project and internship. This 94-credit-hour doctoral program replaces the EdS degree we previously offered.
Completion of this program leads to a PsyD in School Psychology, licensure as a school psychologist by the Colorado Department of Education, and prepares graduates to apply for licensure by the Colorado State Board of Psychologist Examiners. The program is based on the Accreditation Domains and Standards of the American Psychological Association and the Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services endorsed by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). This model and these standards promote the following domains of psychology: data-based decision-making and accountability; consultation and collaboration; direct psychological interventions and mental health services to develop social and life skills; school-wide practices to promote learning; preventative and responses services; family-school collaboration services; diversity and individual differences in development and learning; social and physiological bases of behavior; research and program evaluation; and legal, ethical and professional practice. Program plans call for the pursuit of NASP Approval and APA-accreditation at the earliest possible date.
Interested in applying for the PsyD? Please contact Geneva Sarcedo at Geneva.Sarcedo@ucdenver.edu
Franci Crepeau-Hobson, PhD, Associate Professor and Program Director
Bryn Harris, PhD, Assistant Professor
Interested in applying for the PsyD or transferring from the CU Denver School Psychology EdS program to the PsyD? Please contact Geneva Sarcedo at Geneva.Sarcedo@ucdenver.edu
We welcome applicants who have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree in psychology or education, as well as other relevant fields.
An undergraduate or graduate course in each of the following: measurement concepts, basic statistics, and child development. (Students may be admitted to the program without first completing these prerequisites; however, these courses must be completed during the first year of study.)
Exam needed to complete successfully during your course of study: School Psychology Praxis II
Successful completion of the PsyD degree requires a minimum of 94 graduate semester hours; 71 credit hours of coursework, 7 credit hours of practica (500 hours in the field), 4 credit hours of externships (400 clock hours in the field), 8 credit hours of internship (1500 clock hours in the field), and 4 capstone project credit hours.
School Psychology PsyD courses and sequence
School Psychology PsyD student handbook
All School Psychology students at CU Denver are invited to join the Student Advisory Council. In this forum, you’ll communicate with professors and fellow students. You may also advocate for program enhancement. The organization is here to provide students a voice, as well as to inform you of what is happening in the School Psychology program.
For more information: spsySAC@gmail.com
In addition to school-based practice, school psychologists with a PsyD commonly practice in hospitals, mental health agencies, clinics, and independent practice.