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School Psychology

The focus of Ohio State's School Psychology program is service delivery across many different settings with a particular emphasis on children in urban settings. Within this framework, students are trained as scientist-practitioner school psychologists who function as data-based decision makers and collaborative problem solvers. The program has a commitment to diversity at the research, training, and service level.

The foundation of the accredited School Psychology program is based on sociocultural theories of psychological and educational practices with youth. Sociocultural theories encompass social cognition and social behavioral principles of understanding and working with a diversity of youth in America's schools. Children do not experience life in a vacuum, but do so within sociocultural contexts such as school, home and community.

Ohio State academic programs are designed to prepare students for licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure and certification.

Degree Programs

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies, School Psychology
The doctoral program prepares students to be practitioners in schools, clinics, and private practice as well as preparing them to be future leaders in the field (e.g., research and academic careers, future trainers of school psychologists and/or supervisors).

American Psychological Association Accreditation

The American Psychological Association has granted Ohio State's doctorate in school psychology accreditation through 2023.

Educational Specialist in Educational Studies, School Psychology
The EdS program focuses on practitioner training for the delivery of comprehensive school psychological services primarily in school settings. In addition to practitioner skills, EdS students are trained in a "scientist as consumer" model that emphasizes the use of research findings in clinical decision-making, both in terms of creating interventions as well as evaluating their efficacy.

Why choose School Psychology at Ohio State


Field Experience Partners

Our students get experiences in school psychology at public school and nonprofit settings.

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Columbus City Schools

As Ohio's largest school district, Columbus City Schools serves the needs of more than 50,000 students in 109 schools. Schools in the district have been sites for second-year practicum since 2010.

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Ohio Avenue Elementary School

A pre-k to 5th grade public school on the near east side of Columbus, Ohio Avenue Elementary has served as an advanced practicum site for doctoral students since 2013.

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Columbus Spanish Imersion School

The International Spanish Academies school serves pre-k to 6th grade students as the become bilingual and biliterate. It has served as an advanced practicum site for doctoral students since 2016.

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I Am Boundless, Inc.

A new advanced practicum site, I Am Boundless offers temporary, and long-term services, residential options and family support resources to I/DD individuals. It's programs provide interdisciplinary, evidence-based treatment to youth with autism.