Grand Valley State University's School Psychology graduate program, leading students to earn both a Masters of Science degree (M.S.) and a Specialist in School Psychology degree (Psy.S.), offers students extensive training through coursework, practicum, and research experiences in the assessment, prevention, and intervention of academic, social, and mental health problems that affect a wide range of students. Students in the school psychology program are automatically admitted to the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Graduate Certificate Program. The school psychology program is offered through the GVSU Psychology Department, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The program is aligned with the standards of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) with an emphasis on evidence based practices. Upon completion of the 3-year program, students are eligible to apply for licensure as a school psychologist.
CAREER OUTLOOK AND OPPORTUNITIES
The median annual wage for psychologists was $77,030 in May 2017 but highest 10 percent earned more than $124,520. School Psychologists on average make $56,302 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, according to Glassdoor. The overall employment of psychologists is projected to grow 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is faster than the average for all occupations. There is a critical shortage at both the state and national level for psychologists of all disciplines and school psychologist is listed on the "100 Best Jobs" and the #2 Social Services job as report by U.S. News. Graduates of this program become School Psychologists.
Why Study School Psychology at Grand Valley?
- Innovative. The program offers a comprehensive, progressive curriculum designed to create leaders and innovators in the field of education.
- Collaborative. The program is connected to state projects, field experiences, and national standards in which our students participate through high-quality and meaningful experiences.
- In-Demand. 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.
- Experiential Learning. The program is connected to state projects, field experiences, and national standards in which students participate through high-quality and meaningful experiences
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. Visit the online catalog for course offerings and degree requirements for this program.
The School Psychology M.S. & Psy.S. application deadline is January 15 for the Fall semester. The $30 application fee is waived if you’ve already applied to Grand Valley. Visit the online catalog to view admission requirements for this program. For 2020-2021, please note: submitting a GRE score is not required, however, applicants may consider submitting a GRE score to strengthen their application.
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Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll.