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.
Our commitment to you
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.
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.
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.
Our dedicated School Psychology Faculty are experts in their fields who will support students throughout each stage of the program.
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.
More informaton can be found in the EdD in School Psychology Handbook
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.
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.
Doctoral 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. A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the School of Education’s Assistant Dean of Student Academic Services
Interested in applying? Check out the EdD School Psychology application requirements.
Tuition, Financial Aid and Scholarships
The School of Education and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their education at Loyola affordable. You can learn more on the Financial Assistance page.