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School Psychologist Services

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 recommend eligibility under the state and federal special education guidelines include: cognitive impairment, emotional impairment, deaf and hard of hearing, visual impairment, physical impairment, other health impairment, early childhood developmental delay, specific learning disability, severe multiple impairment, autism spectrum disorder, traumatic brain injury, 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.