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School Psychology

Program Overview

Become a leader in serving the mental health needs of children and adolescents in a variety of settings. Our scientist-practitioner approach prepares you to help children and youth succeed and lend your meaningful contributions to the field.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On Campus
Program Length: 5 years
Credit Hours: 102

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

The doctoral program in school psychology relies on scientific principles to prepare you to practice intervention, consultation and diagnostic services as a school psychologist. Our graduates work in private and public schools, early childhood settings, universities, private practice clinics and medical settings.

You’ll spend four years in intensive, in-depth academic preparation followed by a year of hands-on experience through an internship. This program takes you beyond the specialist level of school psychology and prepares you to be a leader in overseeing and creating educational and psychological services for children and their families.

Our program is accredited by the American Psychological Association1 and approved by the National Association of School Psychologists. It also meets the requirements for school psychologist certification in Michigan and a majority of U.S. states.

The Ethical Codes of the American Psychological Association2 and the National Association of School Psychologists3 are the foundation for the School Psychology training programs.

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

Program Highlights

As a school psychology PhD candidate here, you'll:

  • Prepare for a career in one of today’s top social services areas.
  • Earn certification in Michigan and most other states.
  • Get hands-on experience in CMU’s School Psychology Clinic, which provides services to children, teens and families.

Careers & Outcomes

Become a leader in school psychology, taking an education rooted in science and modern techniques to develop and manage programs that improve the lives of children and their families. Our graduates find rewarding careers in educational settings from the early childhood level through universities.

Career Projected Salary
School Psychologist $78,780

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