PhD in Educational Psychology (School)

The PhD Program in Educational Psychology (School) at Ball State offers candidates preparation for the practice of professional psychology, specifically for entry-level practice in school psychology, a substantive area of professional psychology. School psychology is a professional discipline with the objective of enhancing the psychological and educational well-being of children, adolescents, adults, and families through the provision of empirically derived assessment, consultation, prevention, and intervention services. The doctoral program’s coursework, research, experiences, practica, and internships afford candidates the competencies to work in school, private practice, mental health, hospital, and academic settings. It is our belief that school psychologists too often have been limited by the focus on “school.” We believe the title does not necessarily define the location where services will or should be provided. It is our contention that our graduates are best defined by their skills -- those necessary to perform the professional role asked of them across settings and within the ethical bounds of their education, training, and supervised experience. The American Psychological Association has continuously accredited the PhD Program in Educational Psychology (School) since 1985. It is also approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
(T) 202-336-5979 (F) 202-336-5978

National Recognition

The program’s primary goal is to train school psychologists as scientists and practitioners. To this end, Little (1999) and others have noted that Ball State graduates were in the top 10 in the nation in number of publications. A more recent study ranked faculty from Ball State University’s school psychology program among the nation’s best for scholarly productivity (Wagner, Lail, Viglietta, & Burns, 2007). The program’s faculty was ranked seventh nationally in total scholarly publications and seventh in scholarly publications published in major school psychology journals from 1995-1999. In general, our faculty was fifth among the 53 programs accredited by the American Psychological Association from the period of 1977-1999. A number of published studies rank Ball State University’s School Psychology Doctoral Program among the nation’s top 10 in scholarly productivity and success of graduates. Below are some of the program’s accomplishments mentioned in recent publications.

  • First in total number of graduates since 1990 in academic positions (Little, Akin- Little, & Tingstrom, 2004).
  • First in annual rate of graduates in academic positions since the program gained American Psychological (APA) accreditation (Little, Akin-Little, & Tingstrom, 2004).
  • Third overall in total number of graduates in academic positions. (Little, Akin- Little, & Tingstrom, 2004).
  • Seventh in number of publications from 1995-99 (Carper &Williams, 2004). 
  • Third in number of journal publications outside of school psychology (Carper & Williams, 2004).
  • Ninth in authorship credit and number of publications from 1995-99 (Carper & Williams, 2004).
  • Fifth in total publications of current APA programs from 1970-99 (Little, 1999).
  • 13th in authorship credit ratings from 1995-99 and 2000-05 (Wagner, Lail, Viglietta, & Burns, 2007).