Program Description

CMU's school psychology program prepares school psychologist to apply expertise in mental health, learning and behavior to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally.

This three year, full-time program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists and students will earn both the Master of Arts degree in psychology and the Specialist's degree in Psychological Services.

This program meets the State of Michigan's School Psychologist Certification requirements and NASP's National Certification Training requirements



Research Opportunities and Assistantships

This program offers various opportunities for fellowships, teaching and research assistantships. In addition to the myriad of research opportunities graduate students are afforded, students are also given opportunities to teach classes and gain pedagogical experiences to help set them apart on the job market.  

Admission Requirements

Admission to the school psychology specialist program requires:

  • a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited university;
  • at least 15 hours of undergraduate psychology coursework;
  • a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0;
  • competitive scores on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE; and
  • three strong letters of reference.

Application Requirements

  • Apply online at apply.cmich.edu.
  • Please complete the online application and submit the required materials

The following additional items are required and should be sent to:
     Department of Psychology
     Central Michigan University
     Sloan 139, Mt Pleasant, MI  48859
     or via email to psyapps@cmich.edu 

The deadline for all application materials is December 1.

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. 

Graduation Requirements

This is a 3-year, full-time, 70-hour graduate program. Students are required to complete a thesis. A full-time internship is required during the third year of the program.

Accreditation

The Specialist Program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists.


For More Information

Michael Hixson, Ph.D.
Director of School Psychology Program
224 Sloan Hall
hixso1md@cmich.edu
(989) 774-3001

Please visit our program website.


This academic program is housed within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.