Doctor of Psychology, School Psychology

PsyD License

Offers comprehensive, supervised training and a strong foundation in school psychological theory and clinical practices that are evidence-based, culturally responsive, socially just, and collaborative. This is one of only 14 school psychology PsyD programs to receive APA accreditation (currently on contingency). A bilingual concentration is available. Graduates experience a 100% job placement rate.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Education & Human Development Campus: CU Denver Classroom: Online and on campus classes Accreditation: APA Accredited (on contingency) and NASP approved Recommended completion time: 4 years Credits required for completion: 100 Minimum education level: Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution Application deadline: June 1

The Details

Due to unprecedented global events, the SPSY program is continuing to review applications for fall 2020 admission. Applications are due June 1st.

What you'll learn

University of Colorado Denver's School Psychology Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program offers comprehensive, supervised training and a strong foundation in school psychological theory and clinical practices that are evidence-based, culturally responsive, socially just and collaborative. The foundational mission of the program is to train culturally and linguistically responsive school psychologists. All of the courses revolve around themes of equity and social justice. We meet the highest standards in the profession. This program is one of only 14 School Psychology PsyD programs in the country to receive APA accreditation. It is one of only a handful of APA-accredited programs in the country that offers an optional bilingual school psychologist concentration. The program has a 100 percent job placement rate.

Many of our out-of-state students qualify for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) program. Residents of WICHE member states qualify to pay resident tuition. See if you qualify for WICHE.

Students in this degree program will:

  • Engage in supervised clinical experience with children, youth and families with diverse perspectives and backgrounds.
  • Participate in a practitioner-scholar training model that prepares professional school psychologists through rigorous academic study integrated with intensive supervised clinical practice.
  • Learn directly from nationally recognized faculty who reflect best practices in the field of school psychology
  • Engage with schools and members of the community on important issues such as youth suicide prevention.

Students in the optional bilingual school psychologist concentration will:

  • Learn how to approach bilingual learners, families and communities with an asset orientation. In addition to the two required courses and practicum component, the bilingual school psychologist concentration consists of language proficiency assessments to ensure that school psychologists are adequately proficient in another language to provide psychoeducational services.

Our graduates earn a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree and are eligible for licensure in School Psychology by the Colorado Department of Education. Graduates also have the option of pursuing licensure by the State Board of Psychologist Examiners. School psychologists work in public and nonpublic school systems, hospital and medical pediatric clinics, community mental health centers, and public policy, public education and health agencies.

Program Highlights:

  • 100-percent job placement rate
  • Best value in Colorado for a School Psychology doctoral degree
  • Program graduates are recognized as among the most prepared in the nation to support individuals with diverse languages, cultures and abilities
  • The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program at CU Denver is accredited on contingency by the American Psychological Association (effective through 2023). The program is also fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists.

Choose CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development

You can trust CU Denver to provide an education that will prepare you for excellence in your career as a school psychologist. The university and school are recognized for preparing leaders of distinction who value educational excellence and social justice. Additionally, CU Denver's School of Education and Human Development is counted among U.S. News & World Report's “Best Graduate Schools,” making us one of the top schools in the country.


This 100-credit-hour program is based on the Accreditation Domains and Standards of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services endorsed by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

The program requires:

  • 75 credit hours of coursework
  • Seven credit hours of practica (600 hours in the field)
  • Six credit hours of externship (500 clock hours in the field)
  • Eight credit hours of internship (1500 clock hours in the field)
  • Four capstone project hours

Students also must earn a passing score on the School Psychology Praxis exam as well as a written comprehensive examination. For detailed course requirements, please visit the School Psychology Student Resources page.

Admissions Requirements

The PsyD in School Psychology has the following application requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Written Statement of Purpose
    • The 2-3 page Statement of Purpose details your professional background, reasons for pursuing a degree in school psychology at CU Denver, and short and long-term professional goals.
  • GRE scores within the past five years
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • This program has required prerequisite courses in psychological measurement concepts and child development. Students may be admitted to the program without first completing these prerequisites; however, these courses must be completed during the first year of study.

Bilingual individuals are strongly encouraged to pursue our bilingual concentration. Bilingual students have more access to scholarship funding.

For more information, email or call 303.315.6300.

Accredited on contingency by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association.
Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to:
Commission on Accreditation
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202)336-5979
APA accreditation website

Approved by the National Association of School Psychologists