The School Psychology Program at Temple University follows a scientist-practitioner model. This is the case for both the doctoral and certification level programs. This model of training emphasizes that a school psychologist's basic skills are derived from a thorough understanding of the science of psychology. Armed with this understanding of basic psychology, the school psychologist can adapt to changing professional demands and help determine the future of the profession. Without this background a psychologist could only serve the role of a technician, and would be poorly equipped to overcome any obstacles or lead new developments in the profession. It is understood, of course, that theoretical and research training will not be as strong at the certification level as at the doctoral level. Therefore, the certification level graduate is primarily viewed as a professional who will apply basic psychological knowledge in the practice of school psychology. (See also the complete School Psychology Program Guidelines [pdf].)
The Doctoral Program in School Psychology has full accreditation by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Temple University is one of the few training institutions in the country to have APA approved programs in all three areas of professional psychology. Temple University's Doctoral Program in School Psychology was one of the earliest SP programs in the country to receive APA approval. Additional information about APA-approved programs and approval criteria may be obtained from APA's Program Consultation and Accreditation Office at (202) 336-5979 or at 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 or at www.apa.org/ed/accreditation.