School & Community Psychology
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 (most courses are offered in the evenings), practice experiences embedded in coursework, and practica/field experiences (300 hours in a school setting January through May approx.. 20 hours/week, and 500 hours in a clinical setting, May through August approx. 40 hours/week). 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 (M.A.) 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 Level degree equivalent. They are also eligible to apply for the NCSP (Nationally Certified School Psychologist) credential through NASP. All practica/field experiences 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 at other universities, or the Educational Psychology Program area offers a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, which is a scholar-practitioner degree emphasizing both mental and health treatment and scholarly research, and as well as a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Learning and Instructional Sciences, which focuses primarily on research and college level teaching.