Loyola University Chicago

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EdD in School Psychology

Applicants to the EdD program in School Psychology must hold a valid Professional Educator License in Illinois or hold a school psychology license in another state and be eligible to obtain licensure as a school psychologist in Illinois (see Admission page for details).


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. 

  • Take courses in an online blended format during the fall and spring semesters.
  • Take courses in an online blended format and/or on campus during summer sessions.
  • Study with a supportive cohort of students who move together through the program.
  • Graduate from a highly respected university with a strong service and social justice mission.
  • Option to obtain additional certifications as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Illinois.
  • Think systematically within the education system.
  • Analyze and interpret systems-level data. 
  • Develop leadership potential.
  • Implement and evaluate evidence-based practices.
  • Further knowledge of inequity within the larger educational community and develop skills to become agents of change.

For the most up to date information on the sequence of courses, please refer to the student handbook. 

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 the schools or a mental health focus providing 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.


Transfer credits: Each student will have the opportunity to transfer a maximum of 36 semester hours of previous coursework towards the required 72 semester hours to complete the EdD in School Psychology. 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.


Length of Program: Students can complete all coursework in 2 years part-time. Students will take 2 courses each Fall semester of the program and 2 courses each Spring of the program. Students will also take 2 courses each summer. Students will take courses as a cohort; therefore, all courses must be completed within the cohort sequence.


Program Format: The EdD program in School Psychology is a blended program. Students will attend evening class sessions several times during the fall and spring semesters on the Loyola Water Tower Campus in downtown Chicago. During the summer sessions, courses are either fully on campus or are blended with in-person class sessions meeting during the day and/or evening.


Continuous Enrollments: Doctoral students in School Psychology are required to maintain the status of 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 and the approval of the School of Education's Associate Dean.


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

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.

The EdD Program will accept applicants who already hold a valid Professional Educator License for School Psychologist in Illinois or hold a school psychology license in another state and be eligible to obtain licensure as a school psychologist in IL. . This translates to most potential students from NASP-approved specialist level programs coming into the EdD program with very similar coursework as prerequisites to entering the program. Potential applicants who did not graduate from NASP-approved specialist level must document that they have had similar foundational coursework to students who did graduate from NASP-approved programs.

Fall Application Deadline: April 1 


A Completed Application Form 
You may submit your application form online. Applications received or incomplete after April 1st will be tabled to the following academic year. 


Official Transcripts
Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work. To be eligible for admission, your transcript must show an earned bachelor's degree or a bachelor’s degree in progress. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. If you attended Loyola University Chicago previously, you do not need to request transcripts; we have them on record.


Transcripts must show a GPA of at least a 3.0. In exceptional cases, applicants whose undergraduate GPA is below 3.0 may be admitted. Each program area gives meaningful consideration to the applicant's graduate GPA, recommendations, professional experience and reasons for pursuing a graduate program, as well as to the diversity of the student body.


Three Letters of Recommendation
If you supply your recommender’s email address as part of your completed online application form, then your recommendation letters may be submitted online. Or, your recommenders may choose to mail them to:


Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
820 N. Michigan Ave.
Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60611


We ask that you submit only three letters, no more, no less. Recommenders may be academic or professional in nature.


A Personal Statement
Please write a narrative of a maximum of 3 pages (12-pt. font, single-spaced) that address the following:

  1. Evidence of life experiences that have influenced the impact of social justice on your professional philosophy
  2. Evidence of professional practice that reflects the college and university's social justice mission
  3. Evidence of leadership potential/capacity to translate an Ed.D. degree into expanded and effective service to children, families, educators, and communities



The admissions committee will review all applications and may request an interview. Interviews will occur by invitation.

For additional information on billing, payment, and policies, please visit the Office of the Bursar. For information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities, visit Loyola's Financial Aid Office and  through the School of Education.

For additional information on billing, payment, and policies, please visit the Office of the Bursar. For information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities, visit Loyola's Financial Aid Office and Financial Assistance through the School of Education.

Cohort Tuition

There is a 20% tuition discount for cohort members.

Program Faculty

  • Program Co-Chair: Lynne Golomb, EdD
    Phone: 312.915.6218
    E-mail: lgolomb@luc.edu

Faculty Profiles

EDD School Psychology Handbook

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