The Wayne State University Educational Psychology Program Area offers a graduate program in School and Community Psychology. A minimum of 64 hours of graduate level coursework is required for program completion. The dual credential program aligns with the training standards of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and is fully approved by NASP. Completion of the M.A. degree satisfies the State of Michigan Department of Education certification requirements for school psychologists and the State of Michigan Board of Psychology requirements for a limited license to practice psychology (LLP) in the community.
The School and Community Psychology Program involves a total of three years. Students earn a Master’s Degree in School and Community Psychology, and a graduate certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies in School Psychology. The first two years involve a full-time coursework load (all courses offered in the evenings), practica, a professional seminar, and two internships (300 hours in a school setting and 500 hours in a clinical setting). These two years involve 58 semester hours and end in August of year two. Upon successful completion of the first two years, students receive a Master of Arts Degree, and are eligible for both Preliminary School Psychologist Certification and a Temporary Limited License to Practice Psychology (TLLP). During year three, students enroll in an additional six semester hours (3 credits in the fall semester and 3 in the winter semester) and hold a full year (1200 hours), paid internship position in a school setting. Upon successful completion of year three, students earn a graduate certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies in School Psychology, and are able to move to full School Psychologist Certification. At the end of year three, students' transcripts reflect 64 semester hours and also receive notation that they have completed a Specialist Degree equivalent. All practica and internships are supervised concurrently by both university faculty and fully credentialed on-site practitioners.
The master’s program in School and Community Psychology may be the base for further study at the Ph.D. level. The Educational Psychology Program area offers a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in either School Psychology or Learning and Instructional Sciences. Students may apply for one of these concentrations in the Winter Semester of their second year.
School & Community Psychology Program Mission
The mission of the School & Community Psychology Program at WSU is to prepare psychologists for careers in school and clinical settings. The primary emphasis is on developing skills to facilitate academic and social functioning of children and families, with primary emphasis on practice in the school context. The scientist-practitioner model is at the core of this training program with a special emphasis on ecological, cognitive, and behavioral perspectives. Students are taught skills in consultation, assessment and evaluation, normal and abnormal development, individual and group counseling, academic and behavioral intervention, ethics, law, and research. Students are given the tools to work at both the individual and systems level of service delivery, and to work collaboratively with a variety of school personnel, students’ families, and other parties outside of the school setting who are involved in a child’s educational and social success. To ensure development of the most successful practitioner, both academic skills and interpersonal skills are promoted throughout the program. Our problem-solving and collaborative orientation to the program is designed to provide students the background they need to become highly qualified school psychologists.
Policy on Discrimination and Harassment
Wayne State University: Anti-Discrimination and Harassment Policy
Wayne State University respects and protects the personal and academic freedom of its students, faculty and academic staff. The programs and activities of the University are open to all qualified persons without regard to race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, age, national or ethnic origin, political belief, or physical handicap, except as may be required by law. The University seeks to demonstrate, through all its programs and activities, its appreciation of human diversity and to maintain an atmosphere of tolerance and mutual respect that will nourish human liberty and democratic citizenship.
Wayne State University is an equal opportunity affirmative action institute and is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity in all of its operations, employment opportunities, educational programs, and related activities. This policy embraces all persons regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital status, or handicap and expressly forbids sexual harassment and discrimination. Inquiries regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action policies or complaints may be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, Policy Development and Analysis, 3660 Academic/Administration Building, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan 48202, (313) 577-2280.
School & Community Psychology Commitment to Diversity
The School & Community Psychology Program is committed to diversity of all kinds, and complies with all WSU policies on diversity. The field of School Psychology is in need of all types of practitioners, and is especially in need of both males and ethnic minorities. Our coursework addresses diversity issues throughout the program. Our students conduct practica and internships in diverse settings with children, adolescents, parents, and teachers who come from a wide array of economic, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds. The faculty are committed to training multiculturally knowledgeable and sensitive school psychologists.