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This thesis-based degree prepares students to work as school psychologists or to develop specialized knowledge of school and applied child psychology for use in learning or community settings.
Course content for the PhD program follows the accreditation guidelines created by the Canadian Psychological Association’s standards for training.
Our mission is to turn out psychologists who will use their solid scientific foundations of psychology and education to enhance outcomes for learners of all ages in a wide range of applied settings. Graduates have gone on to find rewarding careers in schools and community agencies and in academic and research positions in institutions of higher education.
Content Courses: Topics include creating a working alliance, clinical supervision in applied psychology, evidence-based consultation and more.
Candidacy: Students will complete a research proposal and both oral and written candidacy exams.
Dissertation: Students will be required to submit and defend an original research dissertation.
Practicum Courses: Courses include an Advanced Doctoral Practicum in Clinical Assessment and Supervision and a School Based Practicum.
Internship: Students complete a one year full-time or two year half-time supervised internship in a school, clinic or human service agency.
University professors, research organizations, not-for-profit, non-governmental and community agencies, post-secondary institutions, hospitals, counsellors, private practice, intercultural communication, culture studies, curricular consultant, public/private education systems, policy and governance.
A PhD in school and applied child psychology is usually considered a final degree.
Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.
11 courses including practicum courses
Four years full-time; six years maximum; two year residency requirement
A supervisor is required, but is not required prior to the start of the program
A minimum of 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the last two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
A thesis-based Master's degree in School and Applied Child Psychology or equivalent. Prerequisite courses to comply with accreditation standards: Two senior undergraduate or one graduate course (3 units or 0.5 full-course equivalent each) in: biological bases of behaviour, cognitive-affective bases of behaviour, social bases of behaviour, and individual behaviour. One senior undergraduate or one graduate (3 units or 0.5 full-course equivalent each) in the historical and scientific foundations of general psychology. All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of “B-” or above.
Students who accept an offer of admission to a Graduate Program in Education that includes a practicum or internship will be required to provide a current Police Information Check (PIC) which includes a Criminal Record Check and a Vulnerable Sector Search. Students who are not residents of Calgary must arrange for a PIC through the nearest local police service or RCMP detachment in the area where they reside.
Please go to werklund.ucalgary.ca/gpe/programs/doctor-philosophy-phd-school-amp-applied-child-psychology for more information.
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
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