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.
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 (ABA) certificate program.
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The program requires a minimum of 68 credit hours including an internship. Students complete coursework and 600 practicum hours in school and clinical settings during the first two years of the program followed by a 1200 hour internship in a school setting during the third year.
Why Study School Psychology at Grand Valley?
- 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 (BCBA).
- The program offers the K-12 School Psychologist Certification.
- The program is connected to state projects, field experiences, and national standards in which students participate through high-quality and meaningful experiences.
- There is a critical shortage at both the state and national level for psychologists of all disciplines, with faster than average job growth; and school psychologist is listed on the "100 Best Jobs" report by U.S. News.
Location & Format
- Face To Face
School psychologists work directly with students, as well as teachers, administrators, parents and other professionals to impact school buildings, classrooms and student outcomes. There are many career opportunities for school psychologists; and, The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects faster than average job growth in the field.
Application deadline for fall semester is January 15. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University. Please visit gvsu.edu/gradapply/.
All admissions materials must be received by January 15. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have:
- Completed a bachelor's degree in psychology, special education, or a related field with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Students with a bachelor's degree in an unrelated field are eligible for admission; however they may have to enroll in prerequisite courses (beyond those listed as follows) prior to beginning the program. The number and topic of courses will vary depending on the individual's degree and background experiences.
- Successfully completed undergraduate prerequisite courses (research methods, statistics, and child development)
- Submitted a personal statement
- Provided a professional curriculum vitae or resume
- Submitted three letters of recommendation
- Optional: Achieved satisfactory GRE scores (verbal, quantitative, and writing)
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