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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.

In addition to the important information about the School Psychology graduate programs below, visit the EHE School Psychology Program website to learn more about our program, students, faculty, and alumni.

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).

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.

American Psychological Association Accreditation

The American Psychological Association has granted Ohio State's doctorate in school psychology an eight-year accreditation through 2024.