Doctor of Philosophy in School & Clinical Child Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in School & Clinical Child Psychology Overview
Supporting mental health and well-being throughout the lifespan
Pursue professional training in psychological assessment, therapy and other psychosocial and instructional interventions, professional consultation and prevention.
The PhD in School and 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.
The PhD is intended to meet the academic requirements of the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) for registration as a Psychologist.
As well as course work this program includes OISE Psychology Clinic placements; a 500-hour field-based external practicum; 1600 hour internship; thesis; and clinical training under supervision of licensed psychologists.
For detailed information about this program, please consult the School of Graduate Studies Calendar.
Each year the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development only accepts into its doctoral programs, one international student who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada. This applicant must have a Master degree by the time of registration into the doctoral program. Although we typically admit international students to the Developmental Psychology and Education doctoral program, the Clinical and Counselling and School and Clinical Child Psychology Programs may on occasion accept an international doctoral student where the student has a Master’s degree that meets the admissions requirements.
Under very special circumstances, the department will accept an international student into the Developmental Psychology and Education doctoral program as a Flex PhD student with the approval of the chair of the department.
The department does not accept any international students at the MA level.
At a Glance
Full-time (5 years)
Coursework & Comprehensive Exam
Clinic Placement & Internship
Funding and Tuition
For information about tuition fees, funding, and financial support, visit Tuition and Financial Support.
Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year are now closed. Applications for the 2024/2025 academic year are set to open early October 2023.
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Why I Chose Applied Psychology & Human Development
Nivatha Moothathamby (Master of Arts 2021)
PhD student in Developmental Psychology and Education
"My journey at OISE has been filled with establishing positive and supportive relationships, learning the nuances of psychology and education, and understanding my role as a scholar and an activist. As a Tamil-Canadian, I come from a community that has faced racial injustices and intergenerational trauma. The Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development has provided me with academic resources and a community to explore and expand on these parts of my identity. Overall, OISE’s deep commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity is what drew me to apply. I found my place here."
Doctor of Philosophy in School & Clinical Child Psychology Admission Requirements
General Admission Requirements
Please visit the OISE Admissions website for detailed information about the application process, including general minimum admission requirements and supporting documents.
Program-Specific Information (Minimum Admission Requirements)
- Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.
- An appropriate bachelor's degree in psychology or equivalent and MA in psychology or equivalent from a recognized university, with a standing grade equivalent to a University of Toronto A- or better in the final year.
- 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.
Required Supporting Documents
All applicants must submit:
- Transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- Three letters of reference (two academic and one professional) including contact emails.
- Applicants are asked to answer questions explaining their experiences and how they relate to the program during the application submission process. Questions include:
- 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.
Additional Program Information
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