The School Psychology Program at Temple University follows a scientist-practitioner model. This model of training emphasizes a school psychologist's basic skills as 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.
Temple's School Psychology Programs
Students in Temple's School Psychology program benefit from:
- Clinical practicum experiences in local schools beginning in the first year and lasting throughout the program.
- Only APA accredited School Psychology program in Philadelphia*
- Multi-disciplinary faculty focus and expertise that provides a broad look at the field as well as specialties within school psychology
- Integrated scientist-practitioner model.
- Opportunities to participate in clinical and research opportunies in the Philadelphia area.
- Opportunity to pursue Board Certification in Behavior Analysis together with School Psychology Certification.
*The Doctoral Program in School Psychology has conditional accreditation by the American Psychological Association and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Temple University's Doctoral Program in School Psychology was one of the earliest SP programs in the country to receive APA approval. The Certificate Program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists.
The State Certification Program and the Doctoral Program in School Psychology are approved by the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The Pennsylvania State Department of Education has given approval for the program which provides State Certification in School Psychology. The doctoral program is also accepted by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology and the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.