School Psychology - Doctor of Philosophy

The mission of the School Psychology doctoral program is to prepare school psychologists as scientists, practitioners and advocates for mental health and social justice in health service psychology settings, including public schools. The program addresses state and national shortages of personnel who are fully credentialed to serve the needs of children with disabilities. The primary goal of the school psychology program is to prepare scholars to become problem-solvers with the essential entry-level competencies to serve in the schools and agencies that serve school age populations.

The program develops 3 major components: 1) Knowledge of psychological and educational foundations; 2) Skills in data-based decision-making, assessment, consultation, intervention and research; and 3) The capacity to apply knowledge and skills to promote mental health and development and prevent school failure and other disabling conditions. Specifically, the program will accomplish the following goals.

  1. Prepare and graduate highly qualified school psychologists to meet the academic and psychological needs of infants, toddlers, children, youth and their families from diverse backgrounds (i.e., high need children with disabilities).
  2. Increase the number of personnel who demonstrate the competencies needed to provide high-quality instruction, evidence-based interventions and services for children with disabilities.
  3. Retain scholars in a high quality-training program to increase the numbers of school psychologists including scholars from bilingual and traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.
  4. Provide the workforce needed to meet state licensure for Level 3 school psychologists.

Annual Application Deadline:  January 15

For more information on program application requirements and process, see School Psychology, Ph.D. program website:


Preparation occurs from a developmental sequence of courses that follow scientifically based research and empirically validated strategies. The school psychology program at NMSU adheres to the scientist-practitioner model. This integrated approach to scholarship and practice promotes development of interlocking skills fostering a career-long process of psychological investigation, assessment, and intervention. Throughout the curriculum, the importance of knowledge and experience with a wide range of individual differences including, but not limited to ethnicity, gender, disability, age, culture, sexual orientation, religion, and race are emphasized. Ethical and legal issues, which guide service delivery, are also stressed throughout the curriculum. The American Psychological Association (APA) and National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Standards and competencies provide the foundation for the program’s conceptual framework. Candidates will complete 81 credits of coursework, at least 450 clock-hours of practica (9 total credits) and an 1800 clock-hour doctoral internship. Of the 1800 clock-hour internship, 750 will be expected to be in a school setting.

Program of Study

Prefix Title Credits
CEPY 505Appraisal of Psychoeducational Achievement in a Diverse Society3
CEPY 515Learning Theory3
CEPY 540History and Systems of Psychology3
CEPY 554Organization and Administration of School Counseling Services3
CEPY 566Group Work Theory and Technique3
CEPY 579Clinical Psychopharmacology3
CEPY 607Curriculum-Based Assessment and Intervention3
CEPY 608Diagnostic Class3
CEPY 612Supervised Experience in Psychopharmacology II3
CEPY 615Learning Theory3
CEPY 617Psychology of Multiculturalism3
CEPY 618Psychology of Poverty3
SPED 619School Intervention and Organization in a Diverse Society3
CEPY 624Ethics, Law & Professional Issues in School Psychology3
CEPY 630School Psychology Research and Program Evaluation3
CEPY 634Introduction to Qualitative Research3
or EDUC 606 Qualitative Research I
CEPY 636Advanced Statistics3
CEPY 637Multivariate Statistics3
CEPY 642Psychometrics3
CEPY 647Counseling Psychology Research3
CEPY 648Appraisal of Personality3
CEPY 658Child and Adolescent Counseling Theory and Technique3
CEPY 662Counseling Practicum3
CEPY 671Consultation3
CEPY 672Practicum in School Psychology: Psychoeducational3
CEPY 675Practicum in School Psychology: Psychological3
CEPY 676Field Experience in Educational Diagnostics3
CEPY 679Supervision Theory and Practicum3
CEPY 681Appraisal of Personality3
CEPY 685Doctoral Internship in School Psychology12
CEPY 693Dissertation Seminar3
CEPY 700Doctoral Dissertation18
Total Credits120