2020-21 Catalogs

PsyD in School Psychology

The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in School Psychology program prepares graduates for careers as professionally credentialed doctoral-level school psychologists. School psychologists typically deliver assessment, intervention, consultation, and supervision services to promote academic, social-emotional, and behavioral success for school-aged children. School psychologists may work within schools, clinics, hospitals, or related behavioral health settings.

The PsyD program of study is designed to align with the standards for professional training and credentialing established by the Maine Department of Education, the Maine Board of Examiners of Psychologists, the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and the American Psychological Association (APA). The program integrates coursework and field-based experiences to promote general knowledge in the fields of education and psychology and targeted competencies in assessment, intervention, consultation, supervision, and applied research. Students also gain competencies in data-based decision-making, collaborative problem-solving, applied behavior analysis, and ethical-legal standards.

The PsyD program requires a total of 111 graduate credits, which include 600 hours of practica, an empirically-based dissertation, and a culminating 1,500 hour predoctoral internship. Students who opt to enroll in three additional courses are eligible to earn an MS in Educational Psychology (Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration) along the way to the PsyD degree.

Graduates of PsyD program are eligible to apply for multiple professional credentials, including:

  • Certification as School Psychologist. Graduates of the PsyD program are eligible to apply for (a) state certification as a School Psychologist-Doctoral (093) through the Maine Department of Education and (b) national certification as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) through the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
  • Licensure as a Psychologist. The PsyD program meets the education standards established by the Maine Board of Examiners of Psychologists for licensure as a Psychologist in the state of Maine. Graduates who complete an additional 1500 hour (48 week) post-doctoral training experience under the supervision of a licensed Psychologist are eligible to apply for licensure and sit for the required examinations.
  • Certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Students who enroll in three additional courses, complete 1500+ hours of acceptable supervised independent fieldwork, and pass a national examination are eligible for credentialing as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®).

The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree in School Psychology is awarded upon completion of the following 111 graduate credits. All courses are three (3) credits unless othewise indicated.

  • EDU 600 Research Methods and Techniques
  • HCE 605 Psychological Measurement and Evaluation
  • HCE 620 Fundamentals of Counseling Theories
  • HCE 621 Fundamentals of Counseling Skills
  • HCE 688 Human Development
  • SED 540 Learners Who are Exceptional in General Education
  • SED 682 Special Education Regulations, Procedures, and the IEP Team
  • SPY 601 Behavioral Principles of Learning
  • SPY 602 Single Case Research Methods
  • SPY 604 Functional Behavioral Assessment
  • SPY 606 Principles and Procedures for Behavior Intervention
  • SPY 607 Consultation and Collaborative Problem-Solving
  • SPY 609 Professional Ethics in Psychology
  • SPY 610 Systems-Level Services to Promote Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Health
  • SPY 620 Multi-tiered Systems of Academic Support for General and Special Education      
  • SPY 670 Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior
  • SPY 671 Physical Bases of Behavior
  • SPY 672 Assessments and Interventions to Develop Academic Skills
  • SPY 673 Social Foundations of Behavior
  • SPY 674 Psychopathology
  • SPY 675 Indirect Behavioral Assessment
  • SPY 677 Cognitive Assessment
  • SPY 679 Diversity in the Science and Practice of Psychology
  • SPY 693 School Psychology Practicum I
  • SPY 694 School Psychology Practicum II
  • SPY 697 Statistics
  • SPY 709 History, Systems, and the Profession of Psychology
  • SPY 727 Seminar in Academic Assessment and Intervention
  • SPY 729 Seminar in Behavioral Assessment and Intervention for Individuals with Developmental  Disabilities
  • SPY 730 Seminar in Behavioral Assessment and Intervention for Individuals with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
  • SPY 740 Supervision in School Psychology
  • SPY 751 Directed Study in Clinical Research
  • SPY 759 Dissertation in School Psychology (6 credits)
  • SPY 788 Predoctoral Internship in School Psychology (9 credits)

Elective courses required to earn the MS in Educational Psychology (Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration) “along the way” include the following:

  • SPY 605 Principles and Procedures for Instructional Intervention
  • SPY 608 Professional Ethics in Behavior Analysis
  • SPY 640 Supervision and Performance Management in Applied Behavior Analysis

The following course sequence is recommended for students pursuing full-time study. Part-time options are also available.

Fall 2020

  • SPY 601 Behavioral Principles of Learning
  • SPY 609 Professional Ethics in Psychology
  • EDU 600 Research Methods and Techniques

Spring 2021

  • SPY 620 Multitiered Systems of Academic Support for General and Special Education
  • SPY 679 Diversity in the Science and Practice of Psychology
  • HCE 605 Psychological Measurement and Evaluation

Summer 2021

  • SED 540 Learners Who Are Exceptional in General Education
  • SPY 675 Indirect Behavioral Assessment

Fall 2021

  • SPY 602 Single Case Research Methods
  • SPY 672 Assessments and Interventions to Develop Academic Skills
  • SPY 674 Psychopathology
  • SPY 693 School Psychology Practicum I (1 cr.)

Spring 2022

  • SPY 604 Functional Behavioral Assessment
  • SPY 606 Principles and Procedures for Behavior Intervention
  • SPY 677 Cognitive Assessment
  • SPY 693 School Psychology Practicum I (1 cr.)

Summer 2022

  • SPY 607 Consultation and Collaborative Problem-Solving
  • SED 682 Special Education Regulations, Procedures, and IEP Team

Fall 2022

  • SPY 673 Social Foundations of Behavior
  • SPY 729 Seminar in Behavioral Assessment and Intervention for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
  • HCE 668 Human Development
  • SPY 693 School Psychology Practicum I (1cr.)

Spring 2023

  • SPY 671 Physical Bases of Behavior
  • SPY 730 Seminar in Behavioral Assessment and Intervention for Individuals with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
  • HCE 620 Fundamentals of Counseling Theories
  • SPY 694 School Psychology Practicum II (1 cr)

Summer 2023

  • SPY 610 Systems-Level Services to Promote Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Health
  • SPY 697 Statistics

Fall 2023

  • SPY 670 Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior
  • SPY 709 History, Systems, and the Profession of Psychology
  • HCE 621 Fundamentals of Counseling Skills
  • SPY 694 School Psychology Practicum II (1 cr.)

Spring 2024

  • SPY 727 Seminar in Academic Assessment and Intervention
  • SPY 740 Supervision in School Psychology
  • SPY 694 School Psychology Practicum II (1 cr.)

Summer 2024

  • SPY 751 Directed Study in Clinical Research

Fall 2024

  • SPY 759 Dissertation in School Psychology (3 cr.)
  • SPY 788 Pre-Doctoral Internship in School Psychology (3 cr.)

Spring 2025

  • SPY 759 Dissertation in School Psychology (3 cr.)
  • SPY 788 Pre-Doctoral Internship in School Psychology (3 cr.)

Summer 2025

  • SPY 788 Pre-Doctoral Internship in School Psychology (3 cr.)