School and Community Psychology Master of Arts (M.A.)

On Campus and Synchronous Distance Learning Cohort

Wayne State University's M.A. program in school and community psychology prepares students to be school psychologists and mental health therapists for work within and outside of schools. The program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and taught by skilled, experienced faculty.

Important dates

  • February 1: Application for fall semester due


A moratorium is effective Fall 2022 for the Masters in School  & Community Psychology.

The first two years include full-time evening coursework with concurrent field experience, leading to an M.A. and Preliminary School Psychologist Certificate, as well as eligibility for the Temporary Limited License in Psychology (TLLP). During year three, students hold a paid internship position in a school setting. Upon successful completion, students earn an Advanced Graduate Studies Certificate in School Psychology, and are eligible for both full School Psychologist Certification and Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential.

  • To help train more school psychologists, the Wayne State University School and Community Psychology Program in the College of Education is seeking students for a unique opportunity to participate in a synchronous distance learning cohort that will train you for these careers without relocating! This is a solution for those who cannot relocate.
  • Students will participate in live classes over the internet, taught by highly skilled and talented faculty, and receive synchronous instruction with an on-campus cohort of students. Field experiences will be conducted in your local areas, supervised by seasoned school psychologists practicing in schools near you. You do not need to relocate for the program, though approximately one evening campus visit per semester will be required.

Program Brochure and Application

The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Educational Psychology has a separate program application that must be completed along with the application to the Wayne State University Graduate School.


A minimum of 15 semester hours in psychology or educational psychology are required. Students applying to the program are required to complete the GRE, area application and provide three letters of recommendations.

Course Requirements

The School and Community Psychology Program involves a total of three years.  Students earn a master's in school and community psychology and a graduate certificate in advanced graduate studies in school psychology.  The first two years involve full-time coursework (most courses are offered in the evenings), practice experiences embedded in coursework, and practica/field experiences (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 (M.A.) 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 (three credits in the fall semester and three in the winter semester) and hold a full year (1,200 hours) paid internship position in a school setting.

Students are required to maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 throughout the program classes and field experience, with no more than one grade of C+ or lower. Students who earn a second C will not be permitted to continue in the program. Grades of B- and lower, or patterns of grades only in the B range, are of concern, and intervention may be warranted.


Fall Semester Year 1

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 15
EDP 7300 Ethics, Standards, and the Practice of Psychology 4
EDP 7410 Human Developmental Psychology 4
EDP 7420 Introduction to Behavioral Psychology 4
EER 7640 Fundamentals of Quantitative Research 3

Winter Semester Year 1

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 10
EDP 7240 Systems of Psychotherapy 3
EDP 7561 Assessment of Cognitive Functioning 4
EDP 7610 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology 3

Spring/Summer Semester Year 1

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 10
EDP 7562 Assessment of Personality and Social-Emotional Functioning 4
EDP 7563 Assessment of Academic Achievement 3
CED 7730 Cultural and Diversity Issues in Mental Health Treatment and Research 3

Fall Semester Year 2

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 11
EDP 7220 Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents 4
EDP 7564 Assessment and Intervention for Academic Learning Difficulties 4
EDP 8318 Integrated Assessment Practicum 3

Winter Semester Year 2

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 9
EDP 7260 School-Based Consultation and Intervention 3
EDP 7400 Foundations of Social Psychology 3
EDP 8330 Practicum/Field Experience in School Psychology 3

Spring/Summer Year 2

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 3
EDP 8320 Internship in Clinical Procedures 3

Fall Semester Year 3

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 3
EDP 8360 Internship in School Psychology 3

Winter Semester Year 3

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 3
EDP 8360 Internship in School Psychology 3


Francesca Pernice, Ph.D. LP, LMFT     
Associate professor      
Program Director and Supervisor

Theoretical & Behavioral Foundations
Phone: 313-577-1613