School Specialist Program
The School Psychology Specialist (S.Psy.S.) program is a 3-year, full-time, 70-hour graduate program, designed specifically to meet NASP 1 / NCATE2 accreditation standards, leading to the Master of Arts degree in Psychology and the Specialist in Psychological Services. Students complete coursework that prepares them to be knowledgeable in the following core content areas:
- Psychological and Educational Foundations
- Research Method
- Psychological and Educational Assessment
- Intervention Strategies
- Professional School Psychology
1National Association of School Psychologist. (2010). Principles for Professional Ethics.
2National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, 2010 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036. Telephone: (202) 466-7496, Fax: (202) 296-6620.
Admission to the School Specialist Program is competitive with approximately eight to ten students accepted each year. An acceptable master's degree or 15 semester hours of undergraduate psychology or the equivalent as determined by the department. A 3.0 overall grade point average, transcripts, personal statement, three professional letters of recommendation and scores from the Graduate Record Examination (taken within the last five years) are required for admission.
Students who are deficient in certain subject areas will be expected to make up these deficiencies in addition to the normally prescribed graduate course work for the degree.
We encourage all applicants to be familiar with the American Psychological Association's guidelines for accepting offers for admission and financial aid.
Deadlines and dates
The deadline for receipt of all application materials is December 1st for the School Specialist Program. In addition to grades and GRE scores (subject portion not required), the Admissions Committee is attentive to letters of recommendation, personal statements, and relevant professional experiences.
If you have any questions with regard to the application requirements please contact:
Department of Psychology, 989-774-3001
Central Michigan University, School Psychology Program
Sloan Hall 101, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
Fax number: 989-774-2553
1. CMU College of Graduate Studies application (required)
Complete and submit Central Michigan University's application form with all required application materials to the College of Graduate Studies. The Department of Psychology requires a Personal Statement, explained on the Information Form, (Item #2 below). Transcripts should be sent to the College of Graduate Studies, Central Michigan University, 802 Industrial Drive, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858. For an update on your application status, please call (989) 774-4444.
2. Information form (required)
3. Letters of recommendation (required)
The online application requires three letter writers to electronically submit their letters to your application portal. You will need to provide their email addresses within your application in order for the system to automatically reach out to them. Please complete the top portion of the Letter of Recommendation Form and have your letter writers submit this form with their letter of recommendation.
4. GRE scores (required)
GRE Scores are required. Request that the Educational Testing Service (ETS) send an official copy of your GRE Score Report to the Department of Psychology, Central Michigan University, Sloan Hall 101, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 48859. The code for Central Michigan University is 1106; the School Psychology Program Code number is 3406.
Centers and student organizations
- SASP - Student Affiliates in School Psychology
- CALL - Central Assessment Lending Library
- DB Central - Michigan Services for Children & Young Adults who are DeafBlind
- Psychology Clinic - Psychological Training & Consultation Center
- Authorization of Degree Form - Master's
- Authorization of Degree Form - Specialist
- Candidacy Form (Specialist)
State of Michigan Certification Forms
The Michigan Department of Education is in the process of transitioning to the new Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS) database. MOECS went live on February 8, 2011. For more information please visit the MOECS website. If you have questions, please email Dr. Daniel Drevon, Director, School Psychology Program.