The APA1 accredited Doctor of Philosophy in School Psychology is designed to extend the training of the specialist level school psychologist so that he or she is prepared to serve educational systems and the larger community. The program prepares school psychologists who can perform a variety of roles in the delivery of mental health services; who can assume a leadership role in the development of comprehensive and effective educational and psychological services to children, families, and schools; and who are able to supervise, coordinate, and direct the activities of others in the delivery of school psychological services.

The training model is based on the scientist-practitioner tradition emphasizing the application of behavioral science in educational systems and the larger community. Training emphasizes practice guided by scientific knowledge. Students are taught to use scientific principles to inform their practice (including consultation, intervention, and diagnostic services) and to evaluate their practice in order to improve services as well as contribute to the field of School Psychology. The program is committed to fostering in its students sensitivity to, appreciation for, and understanding of ethnic minority group members. Similarly, the program strives to promote understanding of, and responsiveness to, the special needs of individuals with disabilities.

This program of study typically includes four years of intensive academic preparation and field experience plus a one-year, full-time internship. Students must successfully complete 3 years of graduate study. Students are accepted into the program on a full-time basis. Normal progress through the program requires full-time study and will involve a course load of 9 to 12 credits per semester. Students are expected to take a minimum of 6 hours per semester. For at least one year of the program, students must be in full-time residence at Central Michigan University.

Students entering with a BS/BA degree will be required to complete approximately 106 graduate credit hours. Those entering with a MA/MS degree in School Psychology will be required to complete approximately 70 graduate hours.

Students are required to complete at least two years of academic training at Central Michigan University. The following courses must be completed while enrolled at Central Michigan University: PSY 767, PSY 890/891, PSY 898/899, and PSY 990/991. At least 50 percent of the minimum post-baccalaureate hours for a doctoral degree must be completed at Central Michigan University. A minimum of two-thirds of the credit hours for the doctoral degree must be at the 600 level or above, that is, no more than one-third of the credit hours may be at the 500 level. Any credits more than 10 years old at time of graduation will not be accepted towards meeting degree requirements.

The Ethical Codes of the American Psychological Association2 and the National Association of School Psychologists3 are the foundation for the School Psychology training programs. Students are introduced to ethical codes and ethical decision-making early (in the first semester of coursework), and they are expected to demonstrate high standards of professional conduct in coursework and field work. Consistent with our ethical codes and professional standards, students are taught to respect the dignity and worth of the individual, and to strive for the preservation and protection of fundamental human rights. Throughout their training, they must demonstrate a commitment to using the science of psychology to promote human welfare.

Graduate Programs Dates and Deadlines

CMU Centers & Student Organizations

  • SASP- Student Affiliates in School Psychology
  • CALL- Central Assessment Lending Library
  • DB Central- Michigan Services for Children & Young Adults who are Deafblind
  • PTCC- Psychological Training & Consultation Center


1Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002.  Telephone: 202-336-5979. Email:
2American Psychological Association. (2011) Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct.
3National Association of School Psychologist. (2010). Principles for Professional Ethics.‚Äč