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School Psychology Specialist

S.Psy.S.

Program Overview

As a school psychologist, you'll help children and youth thrive academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally. With a school psychology specialist degree, you'll gain the tools to guide students of all backgrounds and abilities on their journey to success.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On-Campus
Program Length: 3 years
Credit Hours: 70

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

As a school psychologist, you'll work with students from every facet of society, with all the challenges that brings — but the work is intensely rewarding. It's one reason why U.S. News & World Report ranks it the second-best social service job.

Only 8 to 10 students are admitted each year into this competitive program. We want our schools to reflect all of society, which is why we encourage students from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds to apply.

By the time you finish this program, you'll be knowledgeable in the following areas:

  • Psychological and educational foundations.
  • Research methods.
  • Psychological and educational assessment.
  • Intervention strategies.
  • Professional school psychology.

This program's core faculty have expertise in autism, pediatrics, interventions and other areas. You'll come to know your faculty as mentors as you become a valued member of our teaching community.

When you finish this program, you'll earn both a Master of Arts degree in psychology and the Specialist's degree in psychological services.

Program Highlights

The specialist program is approved conditionally by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). As a student, you will:

  • Gain on-the-job experience from a full-time internship during your third year.
  • Participate in service and gain experience with student groups such as Student Affiliates in School Psychology (SASP) and DeafBlind Central.
  • Be eligible for Michigan's School Psychologist Certification and NASP's National Certification.

Careers & Outcomes

You'll be qualified to work as a school psychologist in Michigan and most other states at the conclusion of this program.

Career Projected Salary
Mental Health/Behavioral Counselor $28,902
Academic/Guidance Counselor $40,689
Family/Behavioral Therapist $47,290
Psychologist $69,742
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