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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 & 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 licensed psychologists
Scheduling Options and Mode of Delivery Full-time basis only

Pursue professional training in psychological assesment, therapy and other psychosocial and instructional interventions, professional consultation and prevention.

Student writing on paperThe PhD in School & Clinical Child Psychology (SCCP) Program continues the training provided in the MA program.

Find a career working with children, adolescents and families in school, mental health, private practice and research settings.


Click below for a list of faculty interested in potential students for the next admissions cycle:

Who's Accepting 2022-2023




NOTE: This program is funded.

Program Details

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.



Admission Requirements

Minimum admission requirements for this program are:


We encourage equity-seeking groups to identify themselves in their application.

How to Apply

Applications for Fall 2022 are now closed.

Application Details


The academic school year for this program begins only in September. 

We encourage equity-seeking groups to identify themselves in their application.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) for Applicants

Program Specific FAQ


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.

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).
  • These are the faculty questions that will be asked as part of the admissions application process:
    • ​Why are you interested in the school and clinical child psychology program?
    • What experience have you had working with child and youth?
    • Please provide details on your research experience.
    • What research topic are you interested in pursuing during your program?
    • What faculty are you interested in working with and why?
  • 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.

Program Fees

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

Fees for Domestic Students

Fees for International Students



Contact Us

Program Inquiries: 
APHD Department 
General Inquiries

ORSS Contact:
Anil Purandaré
Doctoral Registration Specialist (EdD & PhD)

If you are a current student, you may contact the program coordinator below, otherwise please email us at for your program inquiries.

Program Coordinator: 

Program Chair: 
Dr. Todd Cunningham




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* 2025-26)

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.

*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

About SCCP