Ed.D. in School Psychology
This program is designed for practicing school psychologists who wish to advance their careers through the pursuit of a targeted doctoral degree. Reflecting current realities and anticipated future directions of practice, this translates into an Ed.D. program with two defined tracks (each student would select one of these two tracks)—Mental Health and Data-Based Decision-Making. For students who choose the Data-Based Decision-Making track, the primary program emphasis is on further developing the student’s skill set in the application of research to practice. For students who choose the Mental Health track, the primary program emphasis would be on developing the student’s clinical skills and taking pertinent coursework that leads to eligibility as a licensed professional counselor (LPC). In both tracks, consistent with existing professional standards and consistent with the goals of the SOE, there would be a clear emphasis on developing students’ ability to: 1) think systemically, 2) develop their leadership potential, 3) access and implement evidence-based practices, and 4) further one’s capacity as an agent of social justice.
The Ed.D. Program will accept applicants who already hold a valid Type 73 School Psychologist Certification in Illinois or have been nationally certified by National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). This translates to most potential students from NCATE/NASP approved specialist level programs coming into the Ed.D. program with very similar coursework as prerequisites to entering the program. Potential applicants who do not come from NCATE/NASP approved specialist level programs would be extremely unlikely to be admitted to this program unless they could document that they have had similar foundational coursework to students who did graduate from NCATE/NASP approved programs.
Upon entry into this program, all students would experience a common core of classes, as described in a subsequent section. Additionally, due to the fact that these courses would be offered at a Loyola satellite location, there is the opportunity for students to not only experience a common core of classes academically, but also to come together socially and professionally as a cohort. As such, built into this program would be student experiences (e.g., guest lectures/trainings from practitioners, events from the current school psychology graduate organization) specifically designed for students in this program.