Now accepting applications for 2022.
The deadline to submit the application is March 1.
This program will prepare you to enhance the learning and mental health of all children and youth. There is currently a nationwide shortage of school psychologists and you can help fill a much-needed role in a child's life.
University of Findlay's online Doctor of Education in School Psychology Program is accepting applications for its next cohort starting in May. Because of the high demand for the program, we encourage potential students to complete the application by March 1.
Highlights of the program
- Offered entirely online with the exception of our week-long Summer Institute and final internship year
- Can be completed in four years
- No masters degree needed for admission
- Doctoral faculty members have been recognized as offering the best dissertation support in the nation
The program is approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission. The College of Education is accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
The program will seek accreditation through the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). This program was founded in 2020 and new programs can become accredited upon the graduation of their first class.
Demand for School Psychologists
“There is a significant national shortage for school psychologists," explained Dr. Julie McIntosh, dean of the College of Education at Findlay. “The mental health of our youth is a top priority for schools but there aren't enough individuals who have the training needed to be a school psychologist. Our new program will help fill that need, especially for the schools in our region."
The National Association of School Psychologists recommends that there is one school psychologist for every 500-700 students. According to a study released in 2018, the current ratio of school psychologist to student is estimated to be 1 for every 1,442 students. It is predicted that there will be a national shortage of 15,000 school psychologists by the end of 2020.