What is a School Psychologist?
School psychologists are people who assess children and students from birth to age 26 to determine if they qualify for special education services. The disabilities a school psychologist might diagnose under the State and federal special education guidelines include: cognitive impairments, emotional impairments, hearing impairments, visual impairments, physical impairments, other health impairments, early childhood developmental delays, specific learning disabilities, severe multiple impairments, autism spectrum disorders, traumatic brain injuries, and deaf-blindness.
School psychologists counsel parents and teachers about students who have academic or behavioral difficulties, and conduct professional development in local school districts. Michigan school psychologists are required to have a Specialist's Degree or a Doctorate Degree. In addition, they must be certified by the State.