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School Psychology, M.S. & Psy.S.

School psychologists are mental health providers who collaborate with school professionals to improve academic and behavior outcomes. The graduate program in school psychology offers extensive training in the assessment, prevention, and intervention of academic, social, and mental health problems that affect a wide range of youth in school settings.

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Program Overview

The full-time program spans three years and includes extensive coursework and practicum experiences. Upon graduation, students are eligible to apply for licensure as a school psychologist. Every student is automatically admitted to the Applied Behavior Analysis certificate program. The program requires a minimum of 68 credit hours including an internship. Students complete coursework and 600 practicum hours in school settings during the first two years of the program followed by a 1,200-hour internship in a school setting during the third year.

Why Study School Psychology at Grand Valley?

  • The program is connected to state projects, field experiences, and national standards in which students participate in meaningful, high-quality experiences.
  • There is a critical shortage at both the state and national level for school psychologists. School psychologist is listed on the "Best Social Services Jobs" report by U.S. News and World Report .
  • The program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
  • All required coursework is provided to pursue certification as a board certified behavior analyst.
  • The program offers the K-12 School Psychologist Certification.

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Location & Format

Graduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus and the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

  • Face To Face

Application Deadline

Application deadline for fall semester is January 15. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to GVSU.

Admission Requirements

Applications and all supporting documents should be submitted via the GVSU Admissions Office. Detailed admissions application information is listed on the School Psychology Graduate Program website here

For More Information

Department of Psychology

2224 Au Sable Hall
[email protected]
(616) 331-2195

Graduate Admissions and Recruitment Office

Program Director

Kristen Schrauben, Ph.D. 
(616) 331-2336



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