Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology

Develop insights and knowledge to lead the school psychology field.

Make an impact on the wellbeing of young people and help meet the growing need for advanced-practice school psychologists. Aligned with national curriculum standards for school psychology, this rigorous program is the first and only school psychology PsyD program offered online. Through course work, graduate teaching opportunities, and practicum and internship field experiences, you'll develop proficiencies in consultation, supervision, evaluation, research and planning, ethics, and intervention and prevention strategies.

Outcome goals and graduates' proficiency levels

Each doctoral program and specialization is designed around expected learning outcomes (see Expected Program Outcomes below). End of program performance is determined during the comprehensive exam and dissertation process. Because the work is unique to each learner's dissertation or research topic and the criteria for evaluation are aligned to that work, we do not collect data on proficiency levels for doctoral programs.

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in School Psychology1, 2, 3

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • This is the first and only online PsyD program designed for people who want to enhance the field of School Psychology or move into School Psychology from other clinical or licensure track programs
  • Every faculty member is a Licensed School Psychologist and holds a doctoral degree

Expected Program Outcomes

  1. Effectively lead problem solving, taking into consideration multiple, complex variables and perspectives.
  2. Strategize a process for consultation and collaboration with professionals at the leadership level of the school system and outside of the school system, regarding systemic improvement.
  3. Develop, monitor, and evaluate interventions designed to improve academic performance and address multiple, complex, and challenging issues.
  4. Develop, monitor, and evaluate interventions designed to improve social, behavioral, and life skills and address multiple, complex, and challenging issues.
  5. Integrate knowledge of school system structure and evidence-based practice to design school- and district-level interventions.
  6. Design, evaluate, and monitor systems to prevent and respond to multiple, complex, and challenging issues impacting the schools.
  7. Analyze multiple, complex, and challenging family issues and their impact on student performance.
  8. Integrate knowledge of various types of diversity and its potential impact on performance at the school and district level.
  9. Integrate knowledge of research design, statistics, and measurement techniques to develop complex programs based on best practices.
  10. Integrate knowledge of professional, ethical, and legal standards of performance and their impact at the school- and district-level.
  11. Design strategies to supervise and mentor school psychologists.

1Review of this program is pending in IA.
2Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, or endorsement. State regulations vary regarding professional licensure and salary benefits. It is the learner's responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their states. Where applicable, teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether a program may qualify for salary advancement. For more information on licensure, see: www.capella.edu/licensure.aspx and http://pathway.pesb.wa.gov/outofstate for more information.
3North Carolina residents are currently not eligible to enroll in this program.

Doctoral degree graduates

Data from graduates across all doctoral programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Capella University doctoral graduates report satisfaction with salary, benefits, and responsibilities. Half of the graduates surveyed work in higher education and another 12 percent hold positions in the P–12 environment.

Satisfaction with Job Doctoral Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2011 – Q2 2012.


Doctoral graduates report receiving salary increases and getting recognition from employers for their Capella degrees. Around half those surveyed have advanced in their careers and just over a third have presented at a professional conference or worked as a consultant.

Career & Professional Accomplishments Doctoral Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2011 – Q2 2012.

Doctoral degree graduates

Data from graduates across all doctoral programs have been combined for these Student Experience results.

Capella University doctoral graduates think their education meets academic program outcomes and helps them meet career goals. They are likely to recommend Capella to others.

Satisfaction with Capella Doctoral Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2011 – Q2 2012.

Our doctoral graduates report they have gained practical knowledge and expertise which are applicable in a range of professional settings.

Improvement in Skills and Abilities Doctoral Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "distinguished" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2011 – Q2 2012.


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Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (DOE) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2012 and June 2013. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The DOE has defined time to complete for a Bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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