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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).
All courses are offered online.
- Take courses in an online blended format.
- 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 endorsement as a Director of Special Education or 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 District Administration, with a Director of Special Education endorsement, or becoming an Advanced Practitioner, with an LPC/LCPC certification. 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 fully online. Students will use an online learning platform to attend classes that are held either synchronously, students meet on a set schedule online, or asynchronously, students complete assignments at their own pace.
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.
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.
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:
- Evidence of life experiences that have influenced the impact of social justice on your professional philosophy
- Evidence of professional practice that reflects the college and university's social justice mission
- 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.
There is a 20% tuition discount for cohort members.