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Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) School Psychology

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. Our program generally admits students only on a full-time basis, though exception requests will be considered on a case-by case basis.

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 Psy.D. program at CU Denver is currently Accredited, on Contingency by the American Psychological Association (see the APA Accreditation website for further details). The program is also fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists. Graduates of this program are license eligible for independent practice in schools, hospitals, child agencies and clinics, and other settings.

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 life span 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, externship, a doctoral research/capstone project, and internship.

Interested in applying for the PsyD? Contact Academic Services at or 303-315-6300.

Bryn Harris, PhD, Associate Professor and Program Director
Franci Crepeau-Hobson, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training
Rachel Stein, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor

The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program at CU Denver is accredited on contingency by the American Psychological Association. We anticipate receiving full accreditation on or prior to the expiration date of April 15, 2023.​​​​​​

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for admission are competitive, and based on the following information: (a) undergraduate GPA, (b) previous graduate GPA if applicable, (c) Graduate Record Exam (Verbal, Quantitative, Writing), (d) match between the applicant's goals and objectives of the program, and (e) letters of reference.

Although the program does not have strict cut-off scores, applicants with an undergraduate GPA of <3.2 or with a combined (V+Q) GRE score of <300 are typically not considered for admission, though we do consider the entire application. Applicants are selected on a competitive basis from those meeting minimum requirements. The program typically accepts around 40-50% of new applicants, depending on the size and characteristics of the applicant pool. These parameters vary somewhat from year to year. Undergraduate GPA's of accepted students average around 3.33, typically ranging from about 3.0 to 3.9. Average GRE Verbal and Quantitative scores are around 152 and 151, respectively, typically ranging from about 145-163 (Verbal) and 143-160 (Quant.). Psychology is the predominant undergraduate major of accepted applicants.

Prerequisite courses
An undergraduate or graduate course in both of the following: psychological measurement concepts, 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


This 100-credit-hour program is Accredited on Contingency by the American Psychological Association (APA). Program Approval by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) is currently being pursued.

The program includes:

  • 75 credit hours of coursework
  • Seven credit hours of practica (600 hours in the field}
  • Six credit hours of externship (500 clock hours in the field)
  • Eight credit hours of internship (1500 clock hours in the field)
  • Four capstone project hours

Students also must earn a passing score on the School Psychology Praxis exam as well as a written comprehensive examination.

School Psychology PsyD courses and sequence (For students admitted through Fall 2018)

2018-2019 School Psychology PsyD student handbook

School Psychology PsyD courses and sequence (Beginning Fall 2019)

2019-2020 School Psychology PsyD student handbook


Student Affiliates in School Psychology (SASP) is a student led organization of the American Psychological Association (APA), Division 16. The goals include keeping graduate students apprised of issues pertaining to school psychology, holding events or bringing in speakers to increase student engagement and learning, as well as participating in outreach activities that will strengthen the field of school psychology and the program at CU Denver. 

For more information go to:

Student Affiliates in School Pyschology Charter

In addition to school-based practice, school psychologists with a PsyD commonly practice in hospitals, mental health agencies, clinics, and independent practice.

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