I am in a rare circumstance that allows me to use a Psy.D. from CCU. I'm a school psychologist in Iowa with 23 years exp. and have a license called a "permenant professional certificate" which basically means I'm certified for life to practice school psyc. in Ia. I have a M.A. in Ed. Psyc. and an Ed.S. in school psyc. both from R.A. schools. In Ia. the highest level of certification (liscensure) for school psycs. is the Ed.S. level. I'm currently a student at CCU in the Psy.D. program. I plan on early retirement in 3 years and then doing private practice as a sch. psyc. and independant contracting. The Psy.D. will help my credibility with clients. In Ia., school psycs are exempt from the psyc. board and can do private practice or work in about any setting a child clinical psyc. can. I rejected the idea of going to an R.A. school for my doctorate due to the hoops I would have to jump through and huge expense when the CCU doc. will serve my purposes just as well. When I recieved my Ed.S. at the U. of S.D., the only difference between the Ed.S. and Ed.D was a dissertation Vs. a thesis. Same course work, same internship etc. With the Psy.D. program from CCU, I will end up with a much higher knowledge base than if I had just done the dissertation at U.S.D. and recieved the Ed.D.