Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

Curriculum

EdS in School Psychology (MEd/EdS)

Completion of the MEd/EdS degree program in School Psychology requires 66 graduate semester hours including a full-time internship and two comprehensive portfolio examinations. No thesis is required.

The educational specialist degree is a degree between a master's degree and a doctoral degree. Students with a bachelor's degree are admitted to a combined MEd/EdS program. An MEd degree in Educational Psychology is earned after the first year of study, leading to entrance to the EdS portion of the program. Students without a master's degree may transfer in a maximum of six graduate semester hours.

Undergraduate Prerequisite

Students should present transcript evidence of successful completion ("B" or better) of the following two  courses, or their equivalent. Students who have not taken one or more of these courses may be admitted, but such students must complete them within their first year in the program.

  • The Exceptional Child (CIEP 339) 
  • Any Introduction to Statistics course or Tests & Measurements (CIEP 487)

Coursework (66 semester hours)

Professional School Psychology (6 semester hours)

  • CIEP 410: Legal Issues: Educational Disabilities
  • CIEP 462: Seminar in Professional School Psychology

Psychological Foundations (9 semester hours)

  • CIEP 413: Psychopathology & School Mental Health
  • CIEP 484: Biological Foundations of Behavior in School
  • CPSY 454: Human Development: Cognition, Affective,
                         and Physical Bases of Behavior

Diversity (6 semester hours)

  • CPSY 433: Multicultural Counseling OR
    CIEP 526:  Assessment of CLD Populations
  • ELPS 432: Multiculturalism for Social Justice in Higher
                        Education

Data-Based Decision Making, Assessment, and Intervention (21 semester hours)

  • CIEP 477: Prevention, Assessment, & Intervention:
                       Academic
  • CIEP 480: Assessment of School Age Students and Adults
  • CIEP 481: Prevention, Assessment, & Intervention:
                       Early Childhood
  • CIEP 482: Prevention, Assessment, and Intervention:
                       Behavior
  • CIEP 485: Prevention, Assessment, & Intervention:
                       Social-Emotional
  • CIEP 519: Data-Based Decision Making
  • CIEP 544: Prevention, Assessment, & Intervention:
                       Advanced Skills

Counseling and Consultation (9 semester hours)

  • CPSY 423: Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • CIEP 479: School-Based Consultation
  • CIEP 545: Advanced Systems Consultation & School
                       Psychology Supervision

Research Design (3 semester hours)

  • RMTD 400: Research Methods OR
    RMTD 422: Single Subject Design

Field-based Experiences

In order to be approved for the field-based experiences in the school psychology program, all core program courses must be passed with a grade of "B" or better. To be approved for the internship, the practicum courses must be passed with a grade of "B" or better.

Practicum (6 semester hours)

  • CIEP 461: Practicum in School Psychology I
  • CIEP 463: Practicum in School Psychology II

The practicum experience consists of working in a school district two days a week for a full school year under the direct supervision of an experienced certified school psychologist. The practicum cannot be completed in the candidate's current place of employment. The practicum courses are taken after specific prerequisites are completed during the year prior to the internship.

Prerequisites for practicum courses are:

  • CIEP 410: Legal Issues: Educational Disabilities
  • CIEP 462: Seminar in Professional School Psychology
  • CIEP 477: Prevention, Assessment, & Intervention:
                       Academic
  • CIEP 480: Assessment of School Age Students and Adults
  • CIEP 481: Prevention, Assessment, & Intervention:
                       Early Childhood
  • CIEP 482: Prevention, Assessment, & Intervention:
                       Behavior
  • CIEP 519: Data-Based Decision Making

Internship (6 semester hours)

  • CIEP 486: Internship in School Psychology

The internship experience is a full school-year experience working in a school district under the direct supervision of an experienced licensed school psychologist (1,200 hours). The internship is taken after the coursework has been completed, typically during the third year of study.

Continuous Enrollments: This is a full-time program. Students complete the program within three years by taking courses during the summer. Students in School Psychology are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies. This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each student must enroll in at least one course. (See SOE Policy: Academic Standing - Continuous Enrollment)

A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the School of Education's Associate Dean of Student Academic Services.

Candidates in all programs leading to Illinois certification are required to pass an Illinois State Criminal Background Check.

Comprehensive Assessment: Two Comprehensive Portfolios are required—the MEd portion in year one and the EdS portion in year three. See the Handbook for details. See the Forms page for application materials.

MEd Comprehensive Portfolio:

  • Application Deadline: December 1
  • Due Date: April 1

EdS Comprehensive Portfolio:

  • Application Deadline: September 1
  • Initial Components:  October 1
  • Clinical Components:  February 1

Degree Conferral: While the commencement ceremony is every May, degrees can be conferred May, August, and December. Students must apply for graduation/degree conferral. Students should apply for graduation in the semester they anticipate completing all degree requirements. Failure to meet application deadlines may result in a delay of the conferral of the degree to the following semester. Applications for Degree Conferral are due:

  • August 1 for December conferral      
  • December 1 for May conferral
  • February 1 for August conferral*

*Students having their degrees conferred in August are eligible to participate in the preceding May Commencement.

Please note the degree conferral application is valid for only one semester. If the degree is not conferred for the semester requested, a new application is required for a subsequent semester.

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