Tanya L. Eckert, Ph.D.
430 Huntington Hall
Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002, Phone: (202)336-5979; Email: email@example.com; Web: APA Accreditation Website.
Tanya L. Eckert, Ph.D., Joshua C. Felver, Ph.D., Bridget O. Hier, Ph.D., Brian K. Martens, Ph.D., Lawrence J. Lewandowski, Ph.D., and Natalie Russo
The school psychology program prepares students to engage in research and practice to meet the needs of children and youth in schools and other related settings. The program is committed to providing high-quality doctoral training that prepares students to meet the needs of children and youth both directly and indirectly by working with parents, teachers, and other direct care providers. In addition, the program offers broad and general doctoral education and training that includes preparation in health service psychology (HSP). The program adheres to the scientist-practitioner training model. A primary goal of the program is for students to understand the principles of scientific inquiry and to apply these principles to their professional decision making. Within this model, students are encouraged to be data-based problem solvers, to seek converging information when making professional decisions, and to evaluate the outcomes of their services, while engaging in actions that indicate respect for and understanding of cultural and individual differences and diversity.
The school psychology program at Syracuse University is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002-4242; 202-336-5979). Completion of the program satisfies the current requirements for certification and licensure in New York State. The residency requirements for the program includes at least one year in full-time residence at Syracuse University and at least two years of full-time study at Syracuse University. A minimum of three years total of full-time study is required for the doctoral degree. Full disclosure of education/training outcomes and information allowing for informed decision-making can be found at our School Psychology Program web site.
The program is strongly committed to the recruitment of individuals from diverse backgrounds. Applications are considered for the fall term only, and the deadline for receipt of the completed application is December 1. The program receives approximately 70 applications per year for three to four openings. There are approximately 20 students in the program. Most students entering the school psychology program have had an undergraduate major in either psychology or education, but the program is not restricted to these majors. However, students with an undergraduate major in other fields may need more study in psychology and education than those who already have the appropriate foundation. Only full-time students are considered for admission. Students admitted to the program typically have a grade point average exceeding 3.0 and combined verbal and quantitative above the 50th percentile. Prior involvement in independent research (e.g., paper presentations) as well as mental health or education-related services (e.g., supervisor evaluations) is recommended.
Core program faculty maintain offices in Huntington Hall. Faculty research facilities and graduate student offices are located in 426 Ostrom Avenue.
Total Credits Required
Students wishing to transfer graduate credit from another Syracuse University program, or from another institution, must file a formal petition requesting such transfer. The program will evaluate transfer credit on an individual basis upon entrance into the program. As stated in Syracuse University’s Academic Rules Regulations, at least 50% of graduate coursework or 33 credit hours (exclusive of research and internship courses) must be completed in residence credits (approved graduate courses) at Syracuse University. This means that no more than 33 graduate credit hours may be transferred assuming the previously stated residency requirements are met.
Students’ progress is reviewed by the program faculty in three main areas: (a) academic or course-related requirements, (b) clinical / interpersonal skill development, and (c) research requirements. Maintenance of a satisfactory GPA (3.0) is necessary for success in the School Psychology Program, but it is not sufficient to guarantee progress toward the doctoral degree. As part of scientist-practitioner training, students must demonstrate satisfactory clinical and interpersonal skills, actively participate in a research group, demonstrate the ability to function independently in all phases of the research process, and make timely progress toward completion of research requirements.