Department of Educational Psychology

School and Clinical Child Psychology

Program Description

The SCCP program endorses a scientist-practitioner model to graduate education. The School and Clinical Child Psychology (SCCP) program provides students with a combination of theoretical, clinical, and professional preparation for psychological work with children, adolescents and families. As a graduate of the SCCP program, you are provided with a foundation necessary for work as a psychologist across a variety of settings such as schools, private practice, mental health facilities, community organizations, and academia.

Through direct training, hands-on experience, and collaborative opportunities in clinic, classroom and lab environments, you will receive training in assessment, interventions, professional consultation, ethical issues, and prevention. To support the research goals of the program, required coursework includes training in statistics, methodology, and evaluation with emphasis on opportunities for application. In addition, our faculty members provide a breadth of research opportunities ranging from applied research opportunities supported by strong community partnerships to experimental research opportunities in well-equipped lab environments. From this integrated program delivery, students are equipped with the skills to be contemporary scientist-practitioners.

The School and Clinical Child Psychology Master’s program has been developed to prepare students for doctoral studies. It is highly recommended that students entering the M.Ed. program also complete the Ph.D. program to benefit from the full sequence of courses and practicum experiences that have been carefully designed by the program faculty. It should also be noted that only the Ph.D. program in School and Clinical Child Psychology is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association.


The Ph.D. program in School & Clinical Child Psychology is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). The program’s initial accreditation was in 2015-2016 and the next site visit is due in 2018-2019.

Canadian Psychological Association
141 Laurier Ave. W., Suite 702
Ottawa, ON
Canada, K1P 5J3
Telephone: 1-888-472-0657
You can also visit the CPA website

Why choose the SCCP program at the U of A?

  • Access to world-class Clinical Services Centre
  • Opportunity to work with award winning researchers, instructors and supervisors
  • Excellent career opportunities
  • Cohesive and supportive learning environment