About this course
The University of Massachusetts Boston Ph.D. in Counseling and School Psychology prepares doctoral-level professional counseling psychologists and school psychologists for careers as scholars, university faculty, and practitioners. Our scientist-practitioner training model prepares students to:
- deliver high quality, evidence-based psychological services and interventions;
- employ skilled applied research skills to improve practice and explore social and psychological issues;
- serve as effective instructors and faculty members;
- use innovative approaches to solve problems related to educational and mental health care disparities, improve services for underrepresented populations, and employ systems-level change strategies to advance local and global social justice.
Accreditation and licensure: The program is designed to meet requirements to attain accreditation at the doctoral level by the American Psychological Association (APA) in School Psychology and in Counseling Psychology and by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Graduates will be eligible for licensure as psychologists by state boards of psychology and departments of education. While many graduates will go on to academic careers in universities in order to prepare future counselors and school psychologists, they will also be able to pursue careers in clinical or school settings.
Social Justice Service and International Opportunities. Students will have the opportunity to pursue international work as part of the local/global social justice initiative of the program. Beginning in their first year, students will be engaged in a local social justice initiative that they will develop and then apply to an international or transnational context in their second and third years. The local/global social justice initiative typically involves engagement with a local community issue, cross-cultural exchange, and international travel to the country/region of the global focus.