Feb 25, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education and Counseling Psychology - Counseling Psychology, PhD

The Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology offers programs leading to the following degrees: Master of Science in Education (Plans A and B available), the Specialist in Education (Ed.S.), and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Students must apply for admission to both the Graduate School and to the Department. Doctoral applications must be completed by December 1 for summer/fall admission. All other degree applications have a deadline of January 15.  

Within the degree programs offered, three specializations are possible: counseling psychology, educational psychology, and school psychology. Specializations are designed to provide students with both a background in behavioral and humanistic components of human learning and behavior, and the competencies to practice the skills designated for these programs. Admission to candidacy in any of these programs includes not only demonstrated skills in the academic area, but a judgment by the faculty of the program that the candidate demonstrates the personal and social characteristics, as well as the professional commitment and ethical standards requisite, for providing the services and demonstrating the skills associated with the program and the advanced degree.  

For further information on specific program guidelines first garner information through the departmental website, http://education.uky.edu/EDP/ and if clarification is needed, contact the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology.  

The Ph.D. program is offered in the specialty areas of counseling psychology, educational psychology, and school psychology under one departmental program. The Doctor of Philosophy programs in Counseling Psychology and in School Psychology are accredited by the American Psychological Association through its Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation (750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, phone: 202.336.5500). A full-time, supervised one-year internship is required for both areas. Various concentrations are possible within the Ph.D. program. Representative of these are as follows: (a) learning, cognition, and curriculum design; (b) human development and social processes; (c) counseling psychology; (d) measurement, evaluation, and research design; and (e) school psychology. 


Admission Requirements 

Applicants to the Ph.D. Degree program in school psychology must possess an undergraduate degree in psychology, education, or a closely allied field (e.g., rehabilitation counseling or pediatric nursing). Applicants to the Ph.D. Degree program leading to counseling psychology licensure may apply with any undergraduate degree, but an undergraduate degree in psychology, education, or a closely allied field will facilitate movement through the program. Students with prior graduate work at the masters or specialist degree will also be considered for admission to advanced graduate status and, in the case of counseling psychology, are preferred. Students are selected for this program based on their undergraduate and prior graduate grade point average, Graduate Record Examination scores, letters of recommendation, personal statements describing their selection of a career in their chosen areas, writing samples, and personal interviews. These data provide information regarding student diversity, interests, and prior academic accomplishments in relation to program goals. The program faculty uses the Graduate School minimum requirements for undergraduate grade point average for admissions eligibility. 


Degree Requirements  

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