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PhD in Clinical Psychology - Teaching Psychology

Walden University's PhD in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Teaching Psychology program is designed to address psychological theories, systems, and teaching methodologies to help prepare students for academic careers. Learn more about this online program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Teaching Psychology

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students of this PhD program should hold a bachelor's degree in psychology or a related field. Previous coursework in education and a desire to help others could prove beneficial. Applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

The online PhD in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Teaching Psychology program at Walden University is meant to deliver a diverse education in psychology development and methods while focusing on clinical perspectives and instructional systems. In specialization courses, students could expect to learn more about online and in-person teaching methodologies, course and classroom management practices, learning theories, instructional design, course delivery, and program assessment in distance learning. Core classes provide studies in such topics as social cognition and behavior, approaches in psychotherapy, biological influences on behavior, and human development from prenatal to late-adult stages. A two-part practicum and four-part supervised clinical internship are part of this program. Also required is a one-year residency in which students take courses covering therapeutic approaches and assessment practices regarding cognition, personality characteristics, and drugs used in mental disorder treatments as well as ethics and multicultural counseling techniques.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

163 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Walden University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Teaching Psychology:

The 163 credits needed to graduate from this program include both classroom and clinical work. A total of 45 credits in core coursework, 20 credits in research courses, 15 credits in the area of specialization, a 5-credit foundational class, and 40 credits in an in-residence curriculum must be completed. In addition, students must take 18 credits in a clinical practicum and internships and complete a 20-credit dissertation.

Foundation Course (5 credits)

  • Foundations of Graduate Study in Clinical Psychology

Core Courses (45 credits)

  • History and Systems of Psychology
  • Lifespan Development
  • Biopsychology
  • Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Social Psychology
  • Tests and Measurement
  • Psychology and Social Change
  • Psychopathology From a Clinical Perspective

Research Courses (20 credits)

  • Research Theory, Design, and Methods
  • Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Specialization Courses: General (15 credits)

  • Teaching of Psychology
  • Instructional Design for Online Course Development
  • Principles of Instructional Design

Clinical Practicum (6 credits)

  • Clinical Psychology Practicum I
  • Clinical Psychology Practicum II

Internship (12 credits)

  • Psychology Internship I
  • Psychology Internship II
  • Psychology Internship III
  • Psychology Internship IV

Blended Academic Year in Residence (40 credits)

  • Writing a Quality Prospectus in Psychology
  • Consultation and Supervision in Psychology
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Cognitive Assessment
  • Clinical Psychopharmacology
  • Personality Assessment
  • Multicultural Psychology
  • Ethics and Standards of Psychological Practice

Doctoral Dissertation (20 credits; 5 credits per term, minimum of 4 terms)

  • Writing a Quality Prospectus in Psychology
  • Literature Review
  • Dissertation

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Upon completion of the PhD in Clinical Psychology - Teaching Psychology program, graduates could be prepared to apply instructional and assessment methods to collegiate classrooms. They might seek teaching or administrative positions in public or private 4-year colleges or universities, community colleges, trade schools, or online postsecondary institutions.

Careers that graduate could pursue include:

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Staff psychologist
  • Psychology professor/instructor
  • College administrator

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