School Psychology Accreditation

Kent State University’s School Psychology, Ph.D. program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) through 2028. The Ph.D. and Ed.S. degree programs are also approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

About APA

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APA is an accrediting agency for doctoral programs, internship programs, and postdoctoral residency programs in psychology. Here at Kent State, APA accredits the School Psychology, Ph.D. program on a seven-year cycle. APA also accredits KSU’s Clinical Psychology program, which is in the College of Arts and Sciences.

APA Accreditation Standards

APA accredits programs using the Standards of Accreditation for Health Service Psychology (SoA) - which went into effect January 2017.

Standards of Accreditation for Health Service Psychology (Doctoral Programs)

  1. Institutional and Program Context
  2. Aims, Competencies, Curriculum and Outcomes
  3. Students
  4. Faculty
  5. Communication Practices


NASP - which is a specialized professional association - conducts program reviews based on the NASP standards. NASP approval is part of the accreditation process for educator preparation programs. Kent State's educator preparation programs have been continuously accredited by NCATE/CAEP since 1957. 

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