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Doctor of Philosophy in School & Clinical Child Psychology

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Program Length 4-5 years  full-time Career Path psychology practice and
research in schools, mental health, community
and university settings
Program Requirements

Courses, OISE
Psychology Clinic placements, 500-hour field-based external practicum; 1600 hour internship, thesis

Program Highlight Clinical training
under supervision of faculty members
who are licensed psychologists
Scheduling Options and Mode of Delivery Full-time basis only

This program is designed to provide professional training in psychological assesment, therapy and other psychosocial and instructional interventions, professional consultation and prevention. Graduates find careers working with children, adolescents and families in school, mental health, private practice and research settings.


The PhD in School & Clinical Child Psychology (SCCP) Program continues the training provided in the MA program.

The School and Clinical Child Psychology is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) as a combined program in school and clinical child psychology. (next site visit due* 2019-20)

Accreditation Office
Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
141 Laurier Ave. West, Suite 702
Ottawa, ON K1P 5J3
613-237-2144 x 328 or 1-888-472-0657 x 328


The PhD degree is intended to meet the academic requirements of the College of Psychologists of Ontario for registration as a Psychologist.


All OISE graduate studies programs operate under the umbrella of the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies (SGS). For information on coursework and other program requirements, please see the SGS Calendar.

SGS Calendar

For full course descriptions, please see the Registrar's Office and course listings page.


Course Notes:

  • The following courses are only to be taken if you have not completed 1.0 FCE in this cognate at the senior undergraduate level or Master's level. If you already have met these requirements, you can take APD3204 - Contemporary History and Systems and/or another elective approved by your program. 

0.5 FCE elective in biological bases of behaviour cognate* 

To be chosen with your faculty advisor or SCCP Program Chair

0.5 FCE elective in social bases of behaviour cognate*

To be chosen with your faculty advisor or SCCP Program Chair

  • Additional PhD Practicum (Course APD3243) - OPTIONAL

Because of the importance of obtaining clinical experience, many students elect to complete an additional practicum. Students considering an additional practicum are required to discuss this with the Director of Clinical Training.




Applications are now closed for the PhD in School & Clinical Child Psychology program for the 2018-2019 academic year. The academic school year for this program begins in September. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) for Applicants

Minimum Application Requirements


Application Instructions

The OISE Registrar’s Office includes step-by-step instructions:

  • choosing your program
  • reviewing admission requirements
  • preparing your application
  • submitting required supporting documents.

Applications are completed online through the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) websiteYou are also able to view your application status from there.

Submit your application

Faculty Supervisors

See a list of which faculty are accepting students

Who's Accepting?


PhD SCCP Application Checklist


  • In addition to the usual supporting documents outlined in the links above, applicants to the PhD-SCCP program are required to submit an additional academic letter of recommendation (total of 2 academic letters and one professional letter).


  • NOTE: Although designed as a cohesive program, continuation from the MA to the PhD is not automatic; graduates from the MA must be in good academic standing and demonstrate preparedness for the SCCP PhD program when applying.


Tuition information can be found via the University of Toronto's Office of the Provost.

Fees for Domestic Students

Fees for International Students


Questions? Contact the PHD-SCCP program liaison, Diana Robinson: diana.robinson@utoronto.ca


*The program was first accredited as a combined program in school psychology and clinical psychology by the American Psychological Association in 2001, and by the Canadian Psychological Association in 2008.

To learn more about this program, see About SCCP