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Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education

MSU alum Joe Sbar was named the 2021 Michigan School Psychologist of the Year!
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School Psychology

The School Psychology Program at Michigan State University prepares school psychologists to work with educators, children, youth, and families to promote individuals’ learning and development particularly in relation to schooling.

It is led by renowned faculty in the field who are committed to research, impact and helping prepare new scholars to enter the workforce and make a difference.


The program offers two degrees:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in School Psychology

Students obtain a Master of Arts (M.A.) in School Psychology as part of their Ed.S. or Ph.D. programs; enrollment in the Ed.S. or Ph.D. program is required to obtain the M.A.

Read about the new fellowship opportunity in the Michigan State University College of Education. The fellowship— Hybrid Interdisciplinary Training to Address High Intensity Needs for Students with Learning Disabilities, or Project Hi2LD—provides over 2 years of in-state tuition (plus funds for travel and technology) for individuals to earn their M.A. and Ed.S. degrees in school psychology.

Student Community & Collaboration


Every new student is paired with an advanced student mentor.


Small cohorts allow for close connections with classmates.


Cross-cohort events help to build a strong and supportive learning community.

Alumni Voice

Sit down with School Psychology graduate D’Andrea Jacobs to learn more about her day-to-day life. Through learning and training at MSU, D’Andrea was able to become a certified school psychologist and now serves at Baltimore County Public Schools.

School Psychology Faculty and Staff


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