Accreditation


Institutional Accreditation

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Click here to view our Statement of Accreditation Status. TCSPP was accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC) from 1984 to 2012.

Western Association of Schools and Colleges
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Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: (510) 748-9001
Fax: (510) 748-9797
www.wascsenior.org

Program-Specific Accreditations and Approvals

Many of The Chicago School’s programs are further accredited by accrediting bodies specific to their professions. These program-specific accreditations are typically associated with a particular campus. Program-specific accreditations for which The Chicago School is approved are as follows. Where a campus is not referenced, program-specific accreditation has not yet been sought or obtained.

Chicago Campus

The Chicago Campus-based Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

The American Psychological Association
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone:  (202) 336-5979 / E-mail:  apaaccred@apa.org
Web:  www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

The Chicago Campus Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in School Psychology program is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), authorizing the institution to conduct the program and recommend candidates for certification by entitlement. For information about the Illinois State Board of Education, visit www.isbe.net.

Los Angeles Campus

The Los Angeles Campus-based Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology program is not accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Since its inception in 2008, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Clinical Psychology program in Los Angeles has been actively engaged in rigorous, reflective and continuous effort to build a program that adheres to APA standards.  In April 2013, in application for APA accreditation, a self-study was submitted based on four-and-a-half years of data. The program received thorough feedback and useful recommendations from the APA Committee on Accreditation that will allow the program to continue to align with the APA’s standards for accreditation.  The program is currently in the process of reviewing and implementing the suggested recommendations in preparation for an eventual resubmittal.  In order to resubmit an application, APA requires applicants to first withdraw the initial application. This is an action that the program plans to pursue, which will eventually be reflected on the APA website.

Click here to learn more about the APA accreditation process. For frequently asked questions regarding APA Accreditation and the Los Angeles Campus’ Clinical Psy.D. program, please click here.

State Licenses

Alabama

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is granted permission by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education to offer its online programs to Alabama students through December 15, 2014.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has been licensed by the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education to offer its online programs to Alabama students through December 15, 2014.

California

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has authority to operate in the State of California by way of an exemption granted by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education pursuant to California Education Code section 94874(i).

Illinois

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved to operate and grant degrees in the State of Illinois by the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Kansas

The Kansas Board of Regents has granted a Certificate of Approval to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology through October 19, 2013.

[This approval was obtained exclusively for The Chicago School’s online programs ONLY.]

Maryland

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission through June 30, 2013 to enroll Maryland students in fully online distance education programs listed below. The Commission’s registration of the fully online programs is not an authorization of the institution to operate in Maryland or an approval or endorsement of the institution’s programs.

Students wishing to make a complaint about the institution should follow the process outlined here.

Minnesota

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

[This approval was obtained exclusively for The Chicago School’s online programs ONLY.]

New Mexico

The New Mexico Higher Education Department determined that The Chicago School of Professional Psychology qualifies to be exempt from regulation based on the fact that the institution is regionally accredited. Students who are residents of New Mexico and wish to make a complaint about the institution should follow the process outlined here.

[This approval was obtained exclusively for The Chicago School’s online programs ONLY.]

Oregon

The Oregon Office of Degree Authorization granted approval to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology to offer online degree programs and courses for college credit to students in Oregon. This approval is valid until June 30, 2014 for online programs only.

Washington, D.C.

The District of Columbia Higher Education Licensure Commission has granted a Certificate of License to Operate and Institution of Higher Education to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology through January 31, 2014 to offer courses or instruction leading to the award of certificates, diplomas or degrees in the District of Columbia.

Wisconsin

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has been approved by the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board to do business in Wisconsin as a private school, subject to the provisions of Wisconsin Statutes 38.50 and all administrative rules adopted pursuant to the statutes. Approval only includes those courses of instruction and those teaching locations which are specifically approved by the Board.

[This approval was obtained exclusively for The Chicago School’s online programs ONLY.]

The Chicago School Affiliations and Recognitions

The Chicago School is an affiliate of the nonprofit TCS Education System (TCS ES), which features a network of fellow nonprofit institutions, each backed by a model of education that prepares socially responsible professionals in applied fields such as education, psychology, and law. Other TCS ES affiliates include Pacific Oaks College, The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law, Dallas Nursing Institute, and Pacific Oaks Children’s School. Learn more at www.tcsedsystem.edu.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is also an active member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, which has recognized the school for its distinguished service and outstanding contributions to cultural diversity.