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School Psychology Ph.D.

The Michigan State University School Psychology Ph.D. program's overall mission is to equip psychologists with the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to provide quality psychological services to children, youth and families in multiple settings, as well as to conduct research in related areas. The program includes a planned sequence of coursework in school psychology and supporting disciplines, complemented by practica and internship experiences. Students in the program receive the training necessary to become both a Certified School Psychologist in Michigan, as well as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). Students are also license-eligible as psychologists, pending completion of state-level licensure requirements.

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About the Program

Rate of Funding
Peer Mentorship
Core Faculty
Hours of hands-on Practicum Experience
The program utilizes nondiscriminatory policies and operating conditions in the recruitment/retention of faculty and students within the program coursework, experiences, scholarship and advising. The program avoids actions that would restrict access or completion on grounds that are irrelevant to success in graduate training or the profession. MSU works to meet the needs of all students in a sensitive manner, including those who contribute to the diversity of the program through their age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, national origin, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status or other characteristics reflecting diversity within the profession.

When deciding on a School Psychology program, I looked for the school that had similar research interests to mine, a hands-on curriculum and welcoming students and staff. Michigan State University exceeded my expectations in not only those three categories but also in strong collaboration between different departments, dedicated staff and always trying to improve the field of school psychology!

Jessica McKindles

Doctoral Student

School Psychology Ph.D. Program at MSU







Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education
620 Farm Lane, 435 Erickson Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
Phone: (517) 432-0843