School Psychology Program Information

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Michigan State University

Updated: 02/07/2022

620 Farm Lane
437 Erickson Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824

Program Director: Kristin Rispoli


Program Website:

* 100% of graduates are employed at graduation and meet "highly qualified" criteria in the settings for which they are trained.

Programs Offered and Program Approvals
  • Doctoral level, NASP Approved/Accredited (full), APA-Accredited
    Graduation Credit Hours: 115
    Not Accessible to Working Professionals
    Does not offer at least 50% of instruction via distance education
  • Specialist level, NASP Approved/Accredited (full)
    Graduation Credit Hours: 60
    Accessible to Working Professionals
    Offers at least 50% of instruction via distance education
Financial Support
Number of interns who received stipends46
Project Hi2LD provides funding for selected graduate students pursuing an Ed.S. degree in School Psychology. For more information, please see:, all on campus PhD students are funded through research assistantships and teaching assistantships. Those assistantships include a monthly stipend, benefits, and full tuition coverage.
Student Enrollment Data

2021 / 2022

Total Enrollment (including interns)627
# of First Year Students64
# of Male Students13
# of Minority Students*19
# of interns during the academic year06
# of accepted students for 2021 / 2022816
# of applicants for 2021 / 20225372
* Note: Minority students are defined as those from ethnic/racial minorities historically underrepresented in United States colleges and universities.
Jodene Finefinej@msu.edu75 %
John Carlsoncarlsoj@msu.edu100 %
Sara Witmersbolt@msu.edu100 %
Jana Aupperleeaupperl3@msu.edu100 %
Martin Volkervolkerma@msu.edu75 %
Kristin Rispolirispolik@msu.edu100 %
Courtenay Morsi Barrettmoricou@msu.edu100 %
Dante Dixsondixsond2@msu.edu75 %
Note: Minority faculty are defined as those from ethnic/racial minorities historically underrepresented in United States colleges and universities.

01/01/2021 - 12/31/2021

# of Students Taking Praxis2
* Refers to the % of individuals that have, at one point, passed the exam based on a score of 165 (prior to September 2014) or 147 (September 2014 and on), regardless of number of attempts.
** All data were produced using the ETS® Data Manager for The Praxis SeriesTM tests. Some data may be incomplete given that not all examinees identify their origin program.
*** Aggregated Praxis statistics (median score, minimum/maximum scores, percentage passing) are available only for programs that have had at least five students designating their program/institution as a score recipient within the reporting period.


Formal Option for Respecialization?


Formal Option for Respecialization?
Internship Settings

2021 / 2022

Total Number of Interns46
Total completing internship entirely in school settings40
Total completing internships partly in school settings0
Total completing internships entirely outside school settings6
Total APA Accredited Internships5
Total APPIC listed meeting CDSPP Internship Guidelines (not APA)1
Total APPIC listed not meeting CDSPP Internship Guidelines0
Total meeting CDSPP Internship Guidelines not APPIC listed0
Total not APPIC listed and not meeting CDSPP Internship Guidelines0
1. The 2010 NASP Standards for Graduate Preparation of School Psychologists defines a school setting as “…one in which the primary goal is the education of students of diverse backgrounds, characteristics, abilities, disabilities, and needs. Generally, a school setting includes students who are enrolled in Grades pre-K–12 and has both general education and special education services. The school setting has available an internal or external pupil services unit that includes at least one state-credentialed school psychologist and provides a full range of school psychology services.”
Student Outcome Data

2019 / 2020

# of students completing program (including internship)45
Mean # of years to complete the program3.255.5
Median # of years to complete the program35
# of students who transferred to a School Psych Doctoral Program0
# of students that left the program prior to graduation10
# of graduates employed by schools41
# employed in settings other than schools04
# employed in a faculty position00
# entering other fields00
# continuing formal education10
# not employed or continuing education00