Pennsylvania State University, NASP Approved

Doctoral Only

School psychologists from Penn State perform a wide variety of functions in school systems and in health delivery systems. They create and transmit knowledge, promote intellectual and emotional growth, and advance understanding among different peoples and cultures. Accordingly, their professional preparation must involve development of a broad range of knowledge and skills. Because all of our students complete core courses in several areas of psychology and education along with supervised training, they are eligible for certification by state education agencies and are academically eligible to take the national examinations for independent practice in psychology and national certification as school psychologists.

Retention & Recruitment

Funding is available through the program that covers all or a portion of the student's tuition and/or related fees.  The focus of the funding is specific to working with multicultural populations. In addition, special materials are used to recruit candidates from CLD backgrounds along with special retention strategies.

Field Placements

Students are provided with placements in schools serving a high number of CLD students and assigned to supervisors that have had training or experience working with diverse populations.


Core faculty whose focus of interest and research is related to multicultural/ diverse populations includes: Barbara A. Schaefer, PhD; Beverly J. Vandiver, PhD

Program Specifics

As part of the curriculum at Penn State, multicultural courses and content infused throughout the curriculum are used to enhance learning and competency in diversity issues.

  • Degree Awarded:  PhD in School Psychology
  • Total number of credits: Certification: 62 semester/hours: PhD: 102-111 semester/hours
  • NASP-Approved: No
  • Bilingual Specialization: No
  • Student Demographics: Not listed

Contact Information

Phone: (814) 865-1881