Jun 14, 2024  

School Psychology PhD

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The Ph.D. in School Psychology builds on the NASP approved Ed.S. in School Psychology.  School psychologists work in public and private school systems, colleges and universities, preschool and child-development centers, and private practice. Typical responsibilities include assessment, diagnosis, consultation, program planning and intervention services to preschool and school-age children with educational, emotional and behavioral problems. This degree extends the school psychologist’s skills in the area of supervision or more in-depth understanding of school psychological practice, and research methodology. Since the EdS School Psychology degree is part of the PhD School Psychology, students entering must have either graduated with the EdS, or be concurrently enrolled.  Licensure/certification as a school psychologist is necessary for practice in that field, so graduates of the EdS may be certified to practice in Michigan and may apply for a Nationally Certified School Psychology certificate from the National School Psychologists Association.

Track 1: Total Credits 41+


To be eligible for the 41-credit PhD in School Psychology, you must already have an EdS in School Psychology from a NASP and state accredited university.  Additionally, a graduate level course in cognitive and biological psychology, research methods, as well as EDFN 500 Philosophical Foundations for Professionals , must have been previously completed.  If not, these courses will be added to the doctoral level curriculum.  

Comprehensive Exam


Track 2: Total Credits 106+

This track is for students that do not have an EdS in School Psychology.  Completion of this degree will allow students to earn an EdS in School Psychology en-route to the PhD in School Psychology.  

Prerequisites - 3

GDPC 514 Psychology of Learning , or an undergraduate or graduate-level learning course.  

Psychological Foundations - 3

Educational Foundations - 2

Doctoral Dissertation - 14+

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