Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

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EdS in School Psychology (MEd/EdS)

  • Earn degrees in both educational psychology (MEd) and school psychology (EdS) for greater career mobility.
  • Attain eligibility for credentialing as a licensed school psychologist.
  • Complete the program in as few as 3 years.
  • Gain real-world professional experience in diverse settings through one-year internship.
  • Understand psychology, including such areas as the biological basis of behavior, learning, development, and social and individual differences. 
  • Understand cultural diversity and implement services in a socially just manner. 
  • Understand problems associated with the physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and educational development of exceptional children and youth. 
  • Understand the profession of school psychology including the history, roles, and functions; the place of the school psychologist within the overall context of the school; and contemporary problems and issues facing the profession. 
  • Conduct psychological and educational assessment including a special focus on issues related to non-biased assessment of minorities and/or culturally diverse students.
  • Conduct individual and group counseling skills and preventive mental health consultative procedures.
  • Conduct individual and team-based consultation in school-based settings. 
  • Interpret educational-psychological research and apply research findings and procedures to instructional programming and mental health service delivery.

Undergraduate Prerequisite

Students should present transcript evidence of successful completion ("B" or better) of the following two  courses, or their equivalent. Students who have not taken one or more of these courses may be admitted, but such students must complete them within their first year in the program.

  • Any Introduction to Statistics course or Tests & Measurements

Coursework (66 semester hours)

The program is designed to be completed in three years. In order to accomplish this, it is necessary for all candidates to attend school during each summer. These courses are essential to the scope and sequence, and all candidates should be aware of the time commitment during Summer Sessions A and B. All required courses are listed below.

Psychological Foundations (9 semester hours)

  • CIEP 413: Psychopathology & School Mental Health
  • CIEP 484: Biological Foundations of Behavior in School
  • CPSY 454: Human Development: Cognition, Affective,
                         and Physical Bases of Behavior

Diversity (6 semester hours)

  • CIEP 474: Assessment of Bilingual Students
  • ELPS 432: Multiculturalism for Social Justice in Higher 
                        Education

Assessment (12 semester hours)

  • CIEP 477: Prevention, Assessment, & Intervention: 
                       Academic
  • CIEP 480: Assessment of School Age Students and Adults
  • CIEP 482: Prevention, Assessment, and Intervention: 
                       Behavior
  • CIEP 485: Prevention, Assessment, & Intervention: 
                       Social-Emotional

Interventions (12 semester hours)

  • CIEP 477: Prevention, Assessment, & Intervention: 
                       Academic
  • CIEP 482: Prevention, Assessment, and Intervention: 
                       Behavior
  • CIEP 485: Prevention, Assessment, & Intervention: 
                       Social-Emotional
  • CIEP 466: Special Topics: Evidence-Based Interventions
  • CIEP 544: Prevention, Assessment, & Intervention: 
                       Advanced Skills

 Note: Interventions are integrated into the assessment, psychological foundations, and educational foundations courses

Consultation (6 semester hours)

  • CIEP 479: School-Based Consultation
  • CIEP 545: Advanced Systems Consultation & School 
                       Psychology Supervision

Statistics and Research Design (3 semester hours)

  • RMTD 422: Single Subject Design

Professional School Psychology (6 hours)

  • CIEP 410: Legal Issues: Educational Disabilities
  • CIEP 462: Seminar in Professional School Psychology

Practica Experiences (6 hours)

  • CIEP 461: Practicum in School Psychology I
  • CIEP 463: Practicum in School Psychology II

Internship (6 hours)

  • CIEP 486: Internship in School Psychology (2 sections)

Elective (3 hours)

  • Students have one elective that they can select in consultation with their advisor. The elective course must be completed during Year 1 (Fall, Spring, or Summer).

Field-based Experiences

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)

  • CIEP 461: Practicum in School Psychology I
  • CIEP 463: Practicum in School Psychology II

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:

  • CIEP 410: Legal Issues: Educational Disabilities
  • CIEP 462: Seminar in Professional School Psychology
  • CIEP 477: Prevention, Assessment, & Intervention: 
                       Academic
  • CIEP 480: Assessment of School Age Students and Adults
  • CIEP 481: Prevention, Assessment, & Intervention: 
                       Early Childhood
  • CIEP 482: Prevention, Assessment, & Intervention: 
                       Behavior

Internship (6 semester hours)

  • CIEP 486: Internship in School Psychology

The internship experience is a full school-year experience working in a school district under the direct supervision of an experienced licensed school psychologist (1,200 hours). The internship is taken after the coursework has been completed, typically during the third year of study.

Completion of the MEd/EdS degree program in School Psychology requires 66 graduate semester hours including a full-time internship and two comprehensive portfolio examinations. No thesis is required.

 

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 MEd/EdS program. An MEd degree in Educational Psychology is earned after the first year of study, leading to entrance to the EdS portion of the program. Students without a master's degree may transfer in a maximum of six graduate semester hours.

 

Continuous Enrollments: This is a full-time program. Students complete the program within three years by taking courses during the summer. 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.

 

Comprehensive Assessment: Two Comprehensive Portfolios are required—the MEd portion in year one and the EdS portion in year three. See the Handbook for details. See the Forms page for application materials.


MEd Comprehensive Portfolio:

  • Application Deadline: February 1
  • Due Date: July 1

EdS Comprehensive Portfolio:

  • Application Deadline: December 1
  • Due Date:  March 1

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*

*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.

EdS in School Psychology (MEd/EdS)

Fall Application Deadline: December 1

A Completed Application Form 
You may submit your application form online

 

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, GRE scores, recommendations, professional experience and reasons for pursuing a graduate program, as well as to the diversity of the student body.

 

Two 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 two letters, no more, no less. Recommenders may be academic or professional in nature.

 

A Personal Statement
Your statement should be 1-3 pages, and you should describe your:

  1. Academic and research interests, as well as your professional goals
  2. Life experiences that have influenced your view of social justice

 

 

Standardized Test Scores
Applicants must submit general GRE scores. Loyola’s GRE institution code is 1412.

 

Interview
Interviews are by invitation only.

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.

EdS in School Psychology (MEd/EdS)

  • Practicum & Internship Coordinator: Rosario Pesce
    Phone: 312.915.6864
    E-mail: rpesce@luc.edu

Faculty Profiles

Handbooks and Forms

Handbook
MEd/EdS School Psychology Handbook PDF
Illinois School Psychology Internship Manual ISPA
Documents for All Students
Qualifying Information Required for Certification PDF
School Psychology Program Disposition Document PDF
National Association of School Psychology Domains PDF
First Year Student Documents
School of Education Background Checks SOE
Release of Background Check Records  PDF
EdS Course Transfer Sheet PDF
EdS Core Course Transfer Sheet PDF
Third Year Student Documents
ISBE/NASP Standards & Culminating Portfolio Components PDF
Internship Plan PDF

Licensure Exams

The following information is provided to assist in scheduling the licensure exams for a school psychology degree.

 

Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (formerly known as the Illinois Basic Skills Test): As of Fall 2014 this is an admissions requirement and must be passed prior to second semester registration. Test dates, online registration, and study guides are available at: http://www.icts.nesinc.com.

 

School Psychology Content Area Exam: See the study guide for school psychology content area exam. Test dates, online registration are available at: http://www.icts.nesinc.com.

 

NCSP Praxis Exam: One needs to pass this test to become a nationally certified school psychologist. Register for the test with Educational Testing Service.

Internships and Assistantships

The following organizations have specific sites providing information on internships in the school psychology field:

Internship
During your internship year, you are considered a full-time student. If you need letters to verify your full-time standing, please contact the following:

Assistantships
Although the School of Education has a few competitive research and teaching assistantships, very few of these go to master's or educational specialist students. Students pursuing the M.Ed./Ed.S. degree often receive assistantships from other University offices.

 

Organizations

Student Organization

  • Loyola Association of School Psychologists - contact Dr. Markeda Newell, faculty sponsor

Professional Organizations