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 96-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? Contact Academic Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-315-6300.
Franci Crepeau-Hobson, PhD, Associate Professor and Program Director
Bryn Harris, PhD, Assistant Professor
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 lower than 3.2 undergraduate GPA or wit h a
combined (V+Q) GRE score of less than 300 typically will not be 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.
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
This 96-credit-hour program is based on the Accreditation Domains and Standards of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services endorsed by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP}. Both NASP Approval and APA-accreditation are currently being pursued.
The program includes:
- 71 credit hours of coursework
- Seven credit hours of practica (500 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
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.