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Ready to support students' mental health and address social inequities in schools

Every school district in the country is required to have a school psychologist to support students - but a national shortage of professionals educated in this field means that many schools are going without this essential support. Earn an EdD in School Psychology and help to confront this equity issue.

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100% of graduates find jobs in their field, both in Illinois and nationwide

Upon graduation with a EdD degree in school psychology from Loyola, you will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values necessary to commence working as a school psychologist and supporting students in their quest for success.

Knowledge

You'll be trained how to think systematically withing the education system and analyze and interpret systems-level data, all while examining inequity within the educational community and developing skills to become agents of change.

Skills

You'll learn how to implement and evaluate evidence-based practices, knowing that your job as a school psychologist is not simply about assessment and placement, but to also address issues of inequity. You'll focus on consultation, education, and intervention.

Professional Values

You'll become a leader in the educational community, using your knowledge and expertise to to recognize social inequities and disrupt the education system.

Curriculum

The EdD program of studies consists of a total of 72 graduate semester hours. The program is designed for practicing school psychologists who are interested in obtaining a doctoral degree with a focus in data-based decision making and systems change in schools. We also offer a mental health focus, which requires additional courses to obtain an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) credential. This program is designed as a cohort model with entering students moving through the program together.

The courses offered in the fall and spring semesters are online. Students are expected to take courses during the summer, which are online and on campus at the Water Tower campus. By summer 2020, all courses will be offered online.

Doctoral students in School Psychology are required to maintain continuous enrollment during their program of studies, which means that students must be enrolled in at least one course every semester until all program requirements are completed. A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request, with the approval of the School of Education's Associate Dean.

Transfer Credit

Each student will have the opportunity to transfer a maximum of 36 semester hours of previous coursework towards the required 72 semester hours. Upon being accepted to the EdD program, each student will meet with the School Psychology Program Director to review transcripts to determine which, if any, courses can count toward the EdD program.

Program Length

Students can complete all coursework in two years while attending part-time. Students will take two courses each Fall semester of the program, two courses each Spring, and two courses each summer. You'll take courses together, as a cohort and follow the same course sequence.

Degree Conferral

While the commencement ceremony is every May, degrees can be conferred in 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

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.