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School of Education


M.Ed. in Educational Psychology/Ed.S. in School Psychology

Degree Requirements

Total Hours: 66
Practicum: Required
Comprehensive: Two Portfolios
Thesis: None

Length of Program:
This is a full-time program. Students complete the program within three years by taking courses during the summer.  (See SOE Policy: Time Limit for Degree Completion)

Students should present transcript evidence of successful completion ("B" or better) of the following two  courses, or their equivalent. Students may be admitted who have not taken one or more of these courses, but such students must complete them prior to beginning Fall classes.

Continuous Enrollments
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.

Curriculum Plan:
Completion of the M.Ed./Ed.S. degree program in School Psychology requires 66 graduate semester hours including a full-time internship and a comprehensive portfolio examination. 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 M.Ed./Ed.S. program.  An M.Ed. degree in Educational Psychology is earned after the first year of study, leading to entrance to the Ed.S. portion of the program.  Students without a master's degree may transfer in a maximum of six graduate semester hours.

Coursework (66 semester hours)

Psychological Foundations (9 semester hours)

Diversity (9 semester hours)

Data Based Decision Making and Assessment (15 semester hours)

Intervention (6 semester hours)

Consultation (12 semester hours)

Statistics and Research Design (3 semester hours)

Professional School Psychology (6 semester hours)


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)

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:

Internship (6 semester hours)

The internship experience is a full school-year experience working in a school district under the direct supervision of an experienced licensed school psychologist (1200 hours). The internship is taken after the coursework has been completed, typically during the third year of study.

Comprehensive Assessment

Two Comprehensive Portfolios are required – M.Ed. portion in year one and Ed.S. portion in year three.  See the Handbook for details.

Application deadline for Comprehensive Portfolios:

Due Date for M.Ed. Comprehensive Portfolio:

Due Date for Ed.S. Comprehensive Portfolio:


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:

*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.


School of Education
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Chicago, IL 60611
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