Doctor of Psychology

PsyD in School Psychology

Career exploration guide

This guide provides tools to help you explore careers related to this specialization. Use this information to start researching this field and the opportunities in it. This research can help you make a transition into positions related to this field. Start by gaining an overview of this program and learning about the field, jobs, and employment settings that are related.

About this Specialization

The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in School Psychology degree program familiarizes learners with psychology as a practical discipline, including psychological and neuropsychological assessment, clinical supervision and consultation, psychopathology of children and adolescents, child and adolescent development, and consultation and collaboration in the schools. The curriculum provides the theoretical tools and skills-based training needed to assess students, consult with school personnel, and supervise other school psychologists. Learners enrolled in this degree program may seek supervisory positions in their school district. Other successful graduates pursue careers in college and university teaching, program administration, or consulting.

Skills gained through this specialization:

This specialization was designed to help you gain the following skills related to this field:

  • Effectively lead problem solving, taking into consideration multiple, complex variables and perspectives
  • 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
  • Develop, monitor and evaluate interventions designed to improve academic performance and address multiple, complex, and challenging issues
  • Develop, monitor and evaluate interventions designed to improve social, behavioral, and life skills and address multiple, complex, and challenging issues
  • Integrate knowledge of school system structure and evidence-based practice to design school- and district- level interventions
  • Design, evaluate, and monitor systems to prevent and respond to multiple, complex, and challenging issues impacting the schools
  • Analyze multiple, complex, and challenging family issues and their impact on student performance
  • Integrate knowledge of various types of diversity and its potential impact on performance at the school and district level
  • Integrate knowledge of research design, statistics and measurement techniques to develop complex programs based on best practices
  • Integrate knowledge of professional, ethical and legal standards of performance and their impact at the school- and district-level
  • Design strategies to supervise and mentor school psychologists

Explore this Field

Professional associations, social networks, and other industry-specific resources can provide a wealth of information about a specific field or industry, including best practices, career overviews, trends, and access to industry professionals. By reviewing website information, attending events, and connecting with people in the field, you can deepen your knowledge about the field. 

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Industry Information

Explore Jobs and Employers

In addition to exploring the field, take some time to research specific jobs and employment settings related to this program. Consider how these jobs and settings fit with your experience, skills, interests, and values. This is a sample list of job titles and employment settings related to this field. To learn more, review job postings and talk with people who have these roles or work in these settings. You can find these professionals through LinkedIn, family, friends, schools, employers, and community groups. Spend time researching your industry and prospective employers to decide whether this type of degree will help advance your career.

Related job titles to explore*

  • School psychologist
  • Contract school psychologist
  • Consulting psychologist
  • School psychology specialist
  • K–12 school psychologist
  • Adjunct, part-time, full-time psychology or school psychology faculty**

Employment settings to explore

  • Educational services
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community or technical college

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

**Educational and professional requirements for faculty positions vary widely by employer. Understanding your target employers’ particular requirements is key in deciding on a doctoral program.

Job Boards

This is a sample of jobs boards with positions related to this field. Use them in your research to identify additional job titles, common hiring requirements, and local employers. 

Further Exploration

There are a lot of factors that influence whether a career is a fit or not. These can include monetary compensation, benefits, work environment, organization culture, work/life balance, etc. As you consider your career, think about what is important to you in your employer, role, and setting. These resources can help you perform this additional exploration.

For a more detailed guide on career exploration, review Capella’s Career Exploration YouTube series that helps you identify what is important to you in your career and how that aligns with the world of work. 


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