School and Clinical Child Psychology

Program Overview

The specific mission of the School and Clinical Child Psychology (SCCP) program is to provide students with theoretical, research, and professional training in preparation for leadership in psychological practice with children, adolescents, and families in school, mental health, private practice, and research settings. Leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees, the program is designed to provide professional training in psychological assessment, therapy, and other psychosocial and instructional interventions, professional consultation, and prevention.

Opportunities are available for research and professional work with infants, young children, adolescents, adults, and families. The degrees are intended to meet the academic requirements of the College of Psychologists of Ontario for registration as a Psychological Associate (MA) or Psychologist (PhD).

The curriculum of the SCCP program is designed to establish a strong foundation of core knowledge and skills early in the program, with students free to specialize later on. The program reflects a mix of courses and training opportunities.

A systemic approach is the basis for the training that is provided in assessment and intervention. The knowledge and skills necessary for the practice of school psychology and clinical child psychology overlap considerably, and experience in school and clinical settings complement and enhance each other. Therefore, over the course of the program of study, students are required to undertake practica in both school and clinical child settings.


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TBA

MA, PhD:

TBA

Supporting documents deadline MA, PhD:

TBA

MA, PhD:

TBA

Minimum admission average MA:

A-

PhD:

A– or better in the master’s degree

MA:

A-

PhD:

A– or better in the master’s degree

Is a supervisor identified before or after admission? MA, PhD:

Before

MA, PhD:

Before

Is a supervisor assigned by the graduate unit or secured by the applicant? MA, PhD:

Graduate Unit

MA, PhD:

Graduate Unit

Program length (full-time only) MA:

6 sessions

PhD:

5 years

MA:

6 sessions

PhD:

5 years


Master of Arts

Program Description

The mission of the School and Clinical Child Psychology (SCCP) program is to provide students with theoretical, research, and professional training in preparation for leadership in psychological practice with children, adolescents, and families in school, mental health, private practice, and research settings. The program follows a scientist-practitioner model and is designed to train students to conduct basic and applied research and provide professional training in psychological assessment, therapy, and other psychosocial and instructional interventions, professional consultation, and prevention.

Opportunities are available for research and professional work with infants, young children, adolescents, adults, and families. The degrees are intended to meet the academic requirements of the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) for registration as a Psychological Associate (MA) or Psychologist (PhD).

The curriculum of the SCCP program is designed to establish a strong foundation of core knowledge and skills early in the program, with students free to specialize later on. The program reflects a mix of courses and training opportunities.

A systemic approach is the basis for the training that is provided in assessment and intervention. The knowledge and skills necessary for the practice of school psychology and clinical child psychology overlap considerably, and experience in school and clinical settings complement and enhance each other. Therefore, over the course of the program of study, students are required to undertake practica in both school and clinical child settings.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree in psychology, defined as 6.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in psychology, including 0.5 FCE in child development and 1.0 FCE in research methods/statistics (of which at least 0.5 FCE must be at the third or fourth-year levels) and at least 3.0 FCEs at the second, third-, or fourth-year levels. The usual admission standard is equivalency to a University of Toronto A– or better.

  • Most applicants will have evidence of relevant professional experience and research experience.

  • Applicants are requested to submit, in addition to two academic references, a letter of recommendation from an applied setting.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 5.0 FCEs (including a practicum course) and a thesis.

    • APD 1205H Ethical Issues in Applied Psychology (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1215H Psychological Assessment of School-Aged Children (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1216H Psychoeducational Assessment (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1218H Seminar and Practicum in School-Based Assessment, Consultation, and Intervention (0.5 FCE). The practicum portion consists of 250 hours (one day a week from September to June) and is normally taken in a school setting.

    • APD 1222H Approaches to Psychotherapy-Lifespan (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1236H Developmental Psychopathology (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1285H Psychology and Education of Children with Learning Disabilities (0.5 FCE).

    • JOI 1288H Intermediate Statistics and Research Design (RM) (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 3240H Advanced Social and Emotional Assessment Techniques (0.5 FCE).

    • 0.5 FCE in Cognitive/Affective bases of behaviour from an approved course listing. Note: Students who have a 1.0 FCE in Cognitive/Affective bases of behaviour at the senior undergraduate level approved by the program may substitute an elective course for this requirement or a course in the Biological Bases of Behaviour or Social Bases of Behaviour menus, or APD 3204H, Contemporary History and Systems in Human Development and Applied Psychology.

  • Thesis.

  • A listing of approved Cognitive/Affective, Social, and Biological bases of behaviour courses is available on the departmental website and in the Applied Psychology and Human Development program guidelines.

  • In addition to the above course requirements, students​ who have not taken a previous child development course in their undergraduate degree program will be required to take APD 1201H Childhood and Adolescent Development.

  • Students who have not taken a previous statistics course or its equivalent must take JOI 1287H Introduction to Applied Statistics (RM).

  • Students must achieve a minimum of A– in at least one of APD 1215H Psychological Assessment of School-Aged Children and APD 1216H Psychoeducational Assessment, and must complete APD 1218H Seminar and Practicum in School-Based Assessment, Consultation, and Intervention in order t​o remain in good standing and be permitted to continue in the program.

  • Failure to meet these criteria will normally result in a recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies to terminate the student's registration in the program.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time​​

Doctor of Philosophy

Program Description

The mission of the School and Clinical Child Psychology (SCCP) program is to provide students with theoretical, research, and professional training in preparation for leadership in psychological practice with children, adolescents, and families in school, mental health, private practice, and research settings. The program follows a scientist-practitioner model and is designed to train students to conduct basic and applied research and provide professional training in psychological assessment, therapy, and other psychosocial and instructional interventions, professional consultation, and prevention.

Opportunities are available for research and professional work with infants, young children, adolescents, adults, and families. The degrees are intended to meet the academic requirements of the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) for registration as a Psychological Associate (MA) or Psychologist (PhD).

The curriculum of the SCCP program is designed to establish a strong foundation of core knowledge and skills early in the program, with students free to specialize later on. The program reflects a mix of courses and training opportunities.

A systemic approach is the basis for the training that is provided in assessment and intervention. The knowledge and skills necessary for the practice of school psychology and clinical child psychology overlap considerably, and experience in school and clinical settings complement and enhance each other. Therefore, over the course of the program of study, students are required to undertake practica in both school and clinical child settings.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • ​Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Normally, an appropriate bachelor's degree in psychology or its equivalent and a University of Toronto MA in School and Clinical Child Psychology or its equivalent. The usual admission standard is equivalency to a University of Toronto A– or better in the master's degree. A limited number of outstanding applicants holding equivalent bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology from elsewhere may be considered. However, if the master's program was not equivalent to the University of Toronto MA in School and Clinical Child Psychology, the student will be required to take additional courses to receive equivalent training.

  • Cognate course requirements. 1.0 full-course equivalent (FCE) at the senior undergraduate level, or 0.5 FCE at the graduate level, in each of the following cognate areas: Biological Bases of Behaviour, Cognitive/Affective Bases of Behaviour, Social Bases of Behaviour, and History and Systems of Psychology.

Program Requirements

  • Students must complete 5.5 FCEs, including a doctoral practicum course and an internship course, as follows:

    • APD 3202H A Foundation of Program Evaluation in Social Sciences (RM) (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 3222H Approaches to Psychotherapy Across the Lifespan (0.5 FCE), normally taken in Year 1.

    • APD 3241H+ Seminar and Practicum in Clinical Assessment and Intervention, normally taken in Year 2. The practicum portion of APD 3241H+ consists of 500 hours (two days a week from September to June) and is normally taken in a clinical setting. Students must complete APD 3241H+ in order to remain in good standing and be permitted to continue in the program.

    • APD 3260H Psychodiagnostic Systems (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 5284Y​+ Assessment and Intervention with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children, Youth, and Families (1.0 FCE).

    • 0.5 FCE from the Psychosocial Interventions course menu:

      • APD 3224H Advanced Proactive Behavioural and Cognitive-Behavioural Interventions* or

      • APD 3231H Psychodynamic Bases of Therapy*.

      • * Note: each course is offered every other year. Students interested in other courses that may fulfil the Psychosocial Interventions requirement must receive approval from the SCCP Program Coordinator.

    • ​​1.0 elective FCE.

    • APD 3242Y Internship in School and Clinical Child Psychology (1.0 FCE). The internship consists of a 1,600-hour placement, normally taken on a full-time basis over the course of a year in the final year of the student's program.

  • A comprehensive examination. The purpose of the SCCP comprehensive examination is to:

    • Ensure an adequate level of psychological knowledge for professional functioning as a practitioner, academic, and/or researcher.

    • Demonstrate an ability to integrate information at the accepted standard for a doctoral student.

  • A doctoral dissertation.

  • Students must have successfully completed all coursework, passed the comprehensive examination, and have their dissertation completed or well underway, prior to commencing their internship.

  • For each missing cognate course requirement (see Cognitive/Affective, Social, or Biological Bases of Behaviour; Admission Requirements above), students are required to take a 0.5 FCE course from the applicable course menu, which can be found on the departmental website and in the Applied Psychology and Human Development program guidelines. Students may use their elective course to cover one of these requirements.

  • In addition to the above course requirements, students who have not taken a previous child development course must take APD 1201H Childhood and Adolescent Development. Students who have not taken a previous statistics course or its equivalent must take JOI 1287H Introduction to Applied Statistics (RM).

  • Students must complete APD 3241H+ Seminar and Practicum in Clinical Assessment and Intervention in order to remain in good standing and be permitted to continue in the program.

  • Students who are required to take APD 1215H, APD 1216H, and APD 1218H in addition to other courses in the PhD (which is the case for most students coming into the program from elsewhere) must achieve a minimum of A- in at least one of APD 1215H Psychological Assessment of School-Aged Children and APD 1216H Psychoeducational Assessment, and must complete APD 1218H+ Seminar and Practicum in School-Based Assessment, Consultation, and Intervention in order to remain in good standing and be permitted to continue in the program. Failure to meet these criteria will normally result in a recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies to terminate the student’s registration in the prog​ram.

  • Students must register continuously and pay the full-time fee until all degree requirements have been fulfilled.

Program Length

5 years full-time

Time Limit

6 years full-time

​+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

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