Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in School & Applied Child Psychology

  The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in School & Applied Child Psychology program prepares students to work as school psychologists or develop specialized knowledge of school and applied child psychology for use in school or community settings. Course content for the PhD program follows the accreditation guidelines created by Canadian Psychological Association standards for training.


NOTE: The program provides for school-based practicum experiences in sites located throughout Calgary and surrounding communities. Students are responsible for securing their own transportation to these sites.

Program Information for Current Students

Students in the PhD program are required to complete:

a) A minimum of 33 units of course work at the doctoral level that includes:

i. Educational Psychology 691.04, 691.06, 731732760762763 and 764.

ii. Practicum Courses (12 units): Three Educational Psychology 761 courses (this course may be repeated for credit) and Educational Psychology 766. Note section 6. Police Information Check below.

b) Candidacy

c) A twelve-month (min. 1600 hours) full-time internship Educational Psychology 798
Note:  Successful applicants will need to produce the results of a Criminal Record Check before they will be permitted to participate in practicum or internship experiences associated with the program. 

d) Dissertation

Students entering the degree following completion of a Master's degree outside of the University of Calgary may be required to take additional Master's courses to ensure equivalency to the Master of Science in School and Applied Child Psychology at the University of Calgary. A student may be deficient in no more than two full-courses, which must be completed before the Doctoral candidacy.

School and Applied Psychology specialization and practicum courses:

EDPS 691 – Program Evaluation
EDPS 731 - Advanced Clinical Supervision
EDPS 732 - Advanced Seminar in School & Applied Child Psychology
EDPS 760 – Evidence-Based Consultation for Intervention
EDPS 761 - Advanced Doctoral Practicum in Clinical Assessment & Supervision (3 courses)
EDPS 762 - Advanced Neuropsychological Assessment and Intervention
EDPS 763 - School and Clinical Based Interventions
EDPS 764 - Advanced Research Statistics
EDPS 766 – School-Based Practicum
EDPS 798 - Pre-Doctoral Internship in School & Applied Child Psychology 

Examination

Admission into Candidacy in the Werklund School of Education Graduate Programs: 1) requires that students have abilities to conceptualize, interpret, critique and synthesize comprehensive, substantive knowledge that is relevant to the discipline and practice of educational psychology; and 2) ensures that students have a well-developed plan for their dissertation research, a sound proposal with a well-developed research question and potential for the ability to pursue and complete original independent research at the doctoral level.

In compliance with the Faculty of Graduate Studies Candidacy Regulations, the requirements for Admission to Candidacy at the Werklund School of Education is a 4 stage process:

  1. Completion of all course requirements as identified in the calendar; 
  2. Field of study (FoS) written candidacy examination; 
  3. A research proposal approved by the Supervisory Committee (recognizing changes may be made after successful completion of exams prior to submission for ethics approval); 
  4. An oral examination of the research proposal;
    All Candidacy requirements must be completed within 28 months of the start of the program. 

For further information, please consult the Graduate Programs in Education website, 

Dissertation
The Doctoral thesis is the focus of the degree program. In consultation with the supervisor, the student should formulate an appropriate thesis topic as early as possible in the program because the thesis proposal affects the choice and number of courses needed in order to complete the program. The thesis proposal must be approved by the supervisory committee before continuing towards candidacy.

Police Information Check

All successful applicants to the Werklund School of Education School and Applied Child Psychology program are required to provide a current Police Information Check which includes a Criminal Record Check and a Vulnerable Sector Search. All successful applicants will be also required to acknowledge the requirement for a Police Information Check by submitting a "Notice Regarding Requirement for Police Information Check" declaration form prior to the start of the program. Students who are not residents of Calgary must arrange for a Police Information Check through their nearest police service or RCMP detachment in the area where they reside. In order to be considered "current", the Police Information Check must be completed no earlier than June 30 and students will be required to request a new Police Information Check every 12 months. The original Police Information Check must be presented in person to the administration in the Graduate Program Office in the Werklund School of Education before the start of classes (September 1) and to the organization hosting the student on or before the first day of the practicum or internship course (Educational Psychology 761, 766, 798).

Students who are concerned about the presence of a criminal record should contact the police department to discuss the process for eliminating or erasing such a record.

Failure to present a clear Police Information Check may result in the student being unable to complete their Practicum and/or Internship.

Students are obligated to inform Werklund School of Education immediately of any change in status of their criminal record.

Time Limit

Expected completion time for full-time students is four years with a maximum completion time of six years.

Supervisory Assignments

A supervisor is normally appointed at the time of admission.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available to qualified students. For information on awards, see the Awards and Financial Assistance section of the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.
Students applying for scholarships must submit their applications to Graduate Program in Education by February 1.

Doctoral Procedures Checklist

At the beginning of program:

  • Register for an eID to access myUCalgary. Keep your eID and password confidential.
  • Accept your Offer of Admission in the online Student Centre.
  • Activate your UCalgary IT computing account that comes with a UofC email. We strongly encourage you to use this email while in program.
  • Before you start utilizing your UofC email, update your email address in the online Student Centre.
  • Confirm your current e-mail address to your Graduate Program Administrator (see your Admission Letter for contact information). Please include your full name, UCID number, program, and specialization.
  • Attend one of the scheduled Virtual Welcome Sessions for Graduate Programs: Education (GPE) students.
  • Attend one of the scheduled Student Orientations to GPE Online Delivery Tools. We recommend this for students in on-campus programs, due to the fact that online tools may be utilized in on-campus courses.
  • Connect with your supervisor to plan your program.
  • Initialize your registration.
  • Register for courses.
  • Check with FGS, Research Services and SSHRC for possible research funding.

Within 12 months:

  • Confirm the number of courses required for program completion with the supervisor.

Every May:

  • Submit the online Annual Progress Report form through student centre, approved by supervisor, and Graduate Program Director of GPE or designate.

Every 12 Months:

Within 15 months:

  • Consult with supervisor regarding the appointment of the supervisory committee. Complete the Appointment of Supervisory Committee form.

Within 28 months:

  • Request candidacy examination guidelines.
  • Complete all course work prior to the candidacy examination.
  • Submit a research proposal to the supervisory committee. If acceptable, this proposal is signed by the members of the supervisory committee and placed in the student's file.
  • Complete candidacy requirements and examination.

Within 4 to 6 years:

  • Have ethics application approved before collection of data.
  • Complete thesis and final oral examination.
  • Submit two unbound copies of the thesis to the Faculty of Graduate Studies along with the Thesis Clearance form.
  • Submit an Application for Degree through your Student Centre.
  • Attend convocation and celebrate.

Program Forms

There are various forms related to a student’s progress through their graduate degree. Please refer to the forms for detailed instructions on their proper completion. Students who have any questions or concerns should contact their Graduate Program Administrator. Required forms are available in the GPE office and some can be accessed by downloading them from Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Internship Manuals

U-CAPES Internship Manual

Pre-doctoral Internship Manual

Practicum are completed in our Integrated Services in Education (ISE) clinic and in the field. The mission of ISE is to provide psychological and counselling services to individuals in the community. ISE was awarded the CPA Foundation (CPAF) Access to Innovative Psychological Services in 2009.  Field-based experiences are normally completed in schools, although students can complete practicum with other external community agencies that have learning activities aligned to the field of school psychology.  

Students are required to complete a CPA-accredited internship (or its equivalent), with most internships completed in external school districts, community agencies, or health centers locally, nationally, or internationally and so there is no dedicated internship facility.  There is a consortium affiliated with our program, Educational Psychology Pre-doctoral Internship Consortium (EPPIC), which has rotations with Alberta Health Services, Rocky View School Division, Renfrew Educational Services, and ISE (supervision rotation). 

EPPIC Match & Post Match Schedule for 2020 – 2021 placements

For information on the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) Match Dates, please go to, http://appic.org/Match/About-The-APPIC-Match/APPIC-Match-Dates.

Police Information Check

All successful applicants to the Werklund School of Education, Counselling Psychology and School and Applied Child Psychology programs are required to provide a current Police Information Check which includes a Criminal Record Check and a Vulnerable Sector Search. Students who are not residents of Calgary must arrange for a Police Information Check through their nearest police service or RCMP detachment in the area where they reside. In order to be considered "current", the Police Information Check must be completed no earlier than June 30th and students will be required to request a new Police Information Check  every year in which they enroll in a practicum or internship course. The original Police Information Check must be presented in person to the administration in the Graduate Program Office in the Werklund School of Education by the start of term (August 31) and to the organization hosting the student on or before the first day of the practicum/internship course (EDPS 761, EDPS 766, EDPS 798).

Students who are concerned about the presence of a criminal record should contact the police department to discuss the process for eliminating or erasing such a record.

A current Police Information Check is required for all 3rd party and University of Calgary practicum placements.  Failure to present a clear Police Information Check may result in the student being unable to complete their practicum or internship. Successful completion of practicum and internship is required for graduation.  In addition, it is highly recommended that students in the PhD program obtain an Intervention Record Check (IRC) in each year that they participate in a practicum or internship. The IRC must be completed no earlier than four months prior the start of a student's program.

Failure to present a clear IRC may result in a site denying the start of a student’s practicum and/or internship. Practicum and/or internship placements occasionally fall through with short notice. Having an IRC will help mitigate the potential risk of a replacement site denying the start of a student’s practicum and/or internship.

Students are obligated to inform the Faculty immediately of any change in status of their criminal record.

Integrated Services in Education is an on-campus clinic within the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary.  Recipient of the Canadian Psychological Association Foundation 2009 Access to Innovative Psychological Services Award, the Integrated Services clinic is a nationally recognized leader in psychological service that offers clinical services, professional development, and applied research/programme evaluation. The clinic provides opportunities for both Educational Studies in School Psychology (EDSP) and Educational Studies in Counselling Psychology (EDCP) graduate students to gain hands-on experience under the supervision of registered psychologists in each of these areas.  Graduate students are provided with the very best experiential learning while making a contribution to the community. The core values of empowerment, respect for diversity, advocacy, resiliency, and accountability permeate the teaching, research, and services of the ISE clinic.

ISE provides psychoeducational services to the local Calgary community and has developed partnerships with a number of regional educational and health service providers.  ISE is strongly committed to excellence in both the quality of psychological services provided to the community as well as in the learning experiences offered to graduate students.  Serving the practicum and supervised learning programme of the on-campus MSc and PhD students in School and Applied Child Psychology programmes, ISE provides direct benefit to the students in a number of ways.  Through the supervised training opportunities to work directly with children and youth in the clinic, much of the revenue from the services provided is returned to doctoral students in the form of annual PhD funding.  This funding support allows students to gain valuable professional experience and complete their research in a timely manner. Under the guidance of PhD students, Masters students are also provided with the opportunity to complete practicum placements in the clinic, and are provided with a hands-on learning environment in which to develop their assessment, diagnostic, and intervention skills.

Further information can be found on the Integrated Services in Education website.

Contact Us

GPA

Have Questions?

Edith Mandeville Graduate Program Administrator (GPA) edith.mandeville@ucalgary.ca

AC

Academic Coordinator

Dr. Jac Andrews, jandrews@ucalgary.ca

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