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PhD in Educational Studies, School Psychology

In Ohio State's APA-accredited School Psychology doctoral program, you are prepared to become a leader in the field and work with youth from diverse backgrounds. You’ll build on practitioner skills while emphasizing research that aims to advance the practice of school psychology.

The school psychology program at Ohio State has been a great fit for me from day one. I have been involved in research with my advisor since I started in the program, and have felt supported to explore and develop my interests as I have progressed through the program. The coursework has pushed and challenged me to think critically. One of the main reasons that I decided to come to OSU was the program’s focus on urban populations and social justice. The field experiences in the program furthered my passion for working in urban schools and continuing to develop as a social justice ally. Katy Zeanah, Phd, 2016



The foundation for the school psychology program is based on social and cultural theories of psychological and educational practices with youth.

Students in the APA-accredited doctoral program build on their practitioner skills and are prepared to become school psychologists whose main contributions to the field will be through research and academic careers.

Throughout the program, PhD students are engaged in research aiming to advance the practice of school psychology and related disciplines with a direct or indirect impact on students, parents, educators and other stakeholders. Students accomplish this through applied research methodologies that bridges science and practice.

School Psychology Philosophy

School psychologists are sensitive to the needs of a culturally diverse community. They value the importance of children to the future of society and advocate on the behalf of children.

As an integral part of human services available to children, adolescents, adults and families, school psychologists function across multiple settings with a focus on educational institutions.

They address diverse referral issues with varied services such as consultation, social and emotional interventions, academic and behavioral interventions, psycho-educational assessment, in-service education, administrative services, research and evaluation and counseling.

The primary distinction between school psychology and other areas of psychology is the additional focus on education. Our training in both education and psychology uniquely positions ours students to be able to coordinate educational, psychological and behavioral health services to all learners across their lifespans.



American Psychological Association Accreditation

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

Career Paths

Graduates go on to work as school psychologists in public, private and charter schools, mental health agencies and private practices. They also work as researchers and faculty at universities and colleges or serve in leadership positions to advance school psychology at local, regional, state and national levels.


Deadline to Apply: 
December 1
Program Start: 
Autumn semester
Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
Bachelor’s degree, minimum 3.0 GPA
Minimum Program Hours: 
117.5, post-bachelor; 87.5, post-master

Coursework: Rosen functions, urban issues, academic and behavior assessment and interventions for school-aged students, research methodologies, leadership skills
Other requirements: Second-year practicum, one-year internship, dissertation
Academic opportunities: Graduate associateships, scholarships, university fellowships, Student Affiliates in School Psychology

Given difficulty preparing and accessing the general GRE during the COVID-19 pandemic, the general GRE is not required for applications submitted for autumn 2022 (Dec. 1, 2021 deadline).
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Scott Graves, PhD, Associate Professor
Laurice Joseph, PhD, Professor
Antoinette Miranda, PhD, Professor
Kisha Radliff, PhD, Associate Professor
Steven Stone-Sabali, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor


Kisha Radliff
Program Chair/Associate Professor

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