Accreditation and State Licensure

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has been accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) since 2011. Click here to view our Statement of Accreditation Status.

Western Association of Schools & Colleges
985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100
Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: (510) 748-9001
Fax: (510) 748-9797

Previous regional accreditation was achieved from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC) from 1984 to 2012.

WSCUC Review Process

The following documents provide The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s involvement in the WSCUC accreditation process.

Capacity and Preparatory Review Report – 2011

Interim Report – Fall 2013

To request attachments referenced in the report, please contact the Accreditation Office.

Institutional Report – Spring 2016

The institution began preparing for this report the day we received the Commission Action Status Letter in 2011.  There are nine components in the Institutional Report linked to four WSCUC Standards and 39 Criteria for Review (CFRs). The components address themes of continuous improvement, capacity of an institution, and educational effectiveness. Members of the TCSPP community are invited to contact the Accreditation Office to contribute to the writing of this report.

For additional information about the Institutional Report, the following can be referenced:

Offsite Accreditation Review – Fall 2016

The Offsite Accreditation Review will be conducted by a team of peers who will review the Institutional Report and accompanying documents.  The team will evaluate the institution based on compliance with WSCUC standards and conduct a one day video conference with TCSPP. Any identified issues will be followed up at the Onsite visit.

Onsite Accreditation Review – Spring 2017

During the Onsite Accreditation Review, WSCUC review team members will meet for several days with TCSPP representatives to follow up on preliminary findings from the Offsite Accreditation Review.  The team completes their draft report which TCSPP reviews to correct errors of fact and any challenges related to proprietary information. The team finalizes their report and forwards it to the WSCUC Commission for action.

Student Outcomes and Achievement

Integrating theory, professional practice, and innovation, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology provides an excellent education for careers in psychology and related behavioral and health sciences. The school is committed to service and embraces the diverse communities of our society.

The mission guides the implementation of the Institutional Learning Goals and Program Learning Outcomes. Our institutional learning goals for students completing our degree programs are:

  • Scholarship: Graduates will be able to use scientific research and theory to inform their practices and be able to prepare scholarly work broadly defined;
  • Diversity: Graduates will be able to apply theoretical and practical knowledge about ethnic, racial, gender, sexual, cultural and religious, age, and disability difference in their professional work;
  • Professional Behavior: Graduates will be able to function in a professional and ethical manner;
  • Professional Practice: Graduates will be able to conduct assessments, develop appropriate interventions, and implement interventions in their specialty area of professional psychology.

Program Learning Outcomes

To view each program’s learning outcomes, please visit the Programs of Study in the Academic Catalog.  

APA Accreditation

Chicago Campus

The Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology (Chicago Campus) is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). More information about APA accreditation is available here.

Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation.

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979
Email: apaaccred@apa.org

Specialized Accreditation

Additional information about accreditation status and frequently asked questions for the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program at the Los Angeles campus is available here.

Additional information about accreditation status and frequently asked questions for the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program at the Washington, D.C. campus is available here.

Information about the accreditation status and frequently asked questions for the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program at XULA is available here.

Specialized Approval

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

The Ed.S. School Psychology program also has been awarded full-approval national recognition status from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). More information about the National Association of School Psychologists’ website.

State Licenses

Alabama

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has permission from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education to offer its online programs to Alabama students through December 15, 2016.

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, 2016.

Alaska

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has authority to operate in the State of Alaska by way of an exemption granted by the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education pursuant to Alaska regulation 20 AAC 17.015(a)(8).

Arkansas

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is certified to offer post-secondary degree programs by distance technology by the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board certification does not constitute an endorsement of any institution, course or degree program.  Such certification merely indicates that certain minimum standards have been met under the rules and regulations of institutional certification as defined in Arkansas Code §6-61-301.

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.

Indiana

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is authorized by Indiana Board for Proprietary Education, 101 West Ohio Street, Suite 670, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984.

Kansas

The Kansas Board of Regents has granted a Certificate of Approval to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology to operate an institution and provide postsecondary education in the state of Kansas

[This approval was obtained exclusively for TCSPP’s online program ONLY.]

Louisiana

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is currently licensed by the Board of Regents of the State of Louisiana.  Licenses are renewed by the State Board of Regents every two years.  Licensed institutions have met minimal operational standards set forth by the state, but licensure does not constitute accreditation, guarantee the transferability of credit, nor signify that programs are certifiable by any professional agency or organization.

Maryland

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission to enroll Maryland students in fully online distance education programs. 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.

A student who is a resident of Maryland and who wishes 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 TCSPP’s online programs ONLY.]

Montana

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is authorized to offer post-secondary degree programs in the State of Montana by the Montana University System Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education.

[This approval was obtained exclusively for TCSPP’s online programs ONLY.]

New Mexico

The New Mexico Higher Education Department has registered The Chicago School of Professional Psychology as a private postsecondary out-of-state institution eligible to solicit students actively within the State of New Mexico.

[This approval was obtained exclusively for TCSPP’s online programs ONLY.]

Ohio

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has approval from the Ohio Board of Regents to offer online programs to Ohio residents that contain on-ground components within the state.  This approval extends to the M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis, and Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis.

Pennsylvania

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has registered in Pennsylvania with the Bureau of Postsecondary and Adult Education as an out-of-state distance education provider to enroll residents of Pennsylvania in its online programs.

Utah

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has met the requirements of Utah Code Ann. § 13-34a-204 to be a registered postsecondary school legally authorized by the State of Utah.

Washington, D.C.

The District of Columbia Higher Education Licensure Commission has granted a Certificate of License to Operate an Institution of Higher Education to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology through March 31, 2017 to offer courses or instruction leading to the award of certificates, diplomas, or degrees in the District of Columbia.

West Virginia

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has online authorization granted by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

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 on Wisconsin Statues 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 TCSPP’s online programs ONLY.]

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Affiliations and Recognitions

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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, healthcare, psychology, and law. Other TCS ES affiliates include Pacific Oaks College, The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law, Dallas Nursing Institute, Saybrook University, and Pacific Oaks Children’s School.

Learn more at 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.

 

This page was last updated December 8, 2015.