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Educational and School Psychology

Ed.S. in School Psychology

  • Chicago, IL
  • Full-Time, Part-Time
  • 3 Years Full-Time, 4 Years Part-Time

Addressing the growing social, emotional, cognitive, and mental health needs of children and families, The Chicago School’s Ed.S. School Psychology program establishes a firm foundation for students interested in becoming licensed school psychologists. Guided by practitioner faculty, students gain experience and exposure in a wide variety of areas, including: Essential diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative skills […]

Addressing the growing social, emotional, cognitive, and mental health needs of children and families, The Chicago School’s Ed.S. School Psychology program establishes a firm foundation for students interested in becoming licensed school psychologists.

Guided by practitioner faculty, students gain experience and exposure in a wide variety of areas, including:

  • Essential diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative skills
  • Prevention and crisis practice and theory
  • Research and program evaluation methodologies
  • Impact of diversity and cultural issues in the field
  • Legal, ethical, and professional guidelines of school psychology

With a solid foundation in psychology, Ed.S. in School Psychology graduates will be qualified to pursue licensure and help children and adolescents succeed academically, emotionally, and socially.

The Ed.S. School Psychology program has been awarded full-approval/national recognition status from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Ed.S. in School Psychology: Chicago Student Experience

The Chicago Campus provides students an opportunity to immerse themselves into a culturally diverse city with nearly unlimited academic resources as well as excellent networking opportunities. Chicago is also home to some of the nation’s finest dining, entertainment, museums, and other activities.

At our flagship campus, The Chicago School has demonstrated a continued commitment to a diverse student population and expanding mental health services to multicultural and underserved communities.

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Psychology of the Child and Adolescent

Examines normal development from infancy to early adulthood. Areas of study include the development of perceptual and cognitive processes, psychosexual roles, and familial interpersonal processes. Current clinical approaches are examined from diverse theoretical viewpoints and in view of recent research findings.

Prevention and Crisis Intervention in Schools

The history and theoretical models of prevention are examined. Crisis intervention theory and strategies in school settings are the focus of secondary intervention strategies. Emphasis on a prevention and crisis application to child-centered issues such as abuse, divorce, family violence, loss, school-based violence, and suicide is stressed.

Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents

Examines the relevant therapeutic and developmental considerations encountered in psychotherapy with children and adolescents. In addition to a survey of the basic techniques of child and adolescent psychotherapy, topics considered include: brief therapy, psychological triage, working with parents and schools, the importance of the context of referral and treatment and the relationship between a child’s developmental stage and therapeutic activities and goals.

The Ed.S. School Psychology degree is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and as such, is aligned with the degree, coursework, and supervised experience requirements for an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) with a School Psychologist Endorsement. All candidates must meet additional requirements to be licensed including completion of a test for basic skills (ACT, SAT, or TAP) and the School Psychologist Test (#183). The licensure application process may include fees and/or background check as well as documentation of completed coursework and supervised experience. For further information about licensure, please visit the Illinois State Board of Education.

The Ed.S. in School Psychology is also approved by the National Association of School Psychologists and as such, it aligns with degree and coursework requirements for a Nationally Certified School Psychologist credential. The credential application process includes a fee, as well as documentation of completed coursework, supervised experience, and examination. More information about certification is available at the website of the National Association of School Psychologists.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology requirements for school placements exceed the NASP Standards for Training and Field Placement Programs in School Psychology. Before being placed in practicum, all students must have taken and passed the Illinois State Board of Education requirements for basic skills.

Three field experiences are required and earn a total of 10 academic credits:

  • First year service learning project: 120 hours (imbedded in professional development seminar)
  • Second year practicum (3rd year for students in the part-time blended programs): 600 hours total (6 credits)
  • Third year internship experience (4th year for students in the part-time blended programs): 1200 hours, full-time (4 credits)

 

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c/o The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
350 N Orleans ST STE 1050
Chicago, IL 60654-1822

Application to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Ed.S. School Psychology program is open to any person who has earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements. Students applying to the Ed.S. School Psychology program must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Essay – Please answer the following question within three double spaced typed pages (approximately 500-750 words). Essay must specifically address the program/specialization for which you are applying.
    • Psychology is a vast discipline with many career options. In an essay format, please describe:
      • Why you chose this particular program/specialization making sure to cite specific experiences and examples.
      • Why it is important to you to study this discipline at a school that emphasizes cultural awareness, competence, and understanding of diversity.
      • Your professional career goals as they relate to this specialization.
      • Why you believe this program will assist you in reaching these goals.
  • Official College/University Transcripts
    • Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned. The Chicago School requires that all schools be regionally accredited higher education institutions. Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official, sealed, and signed across the envelope flap when they arrive.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Appropriate recommendations are from professors and/or supervisors from significant work or volunteer experiences, who can appraise your academic or professional performance. Letters should arrive in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal.
  • Previous Coursework
    • Earned grade of C or better in the following courses:
      • Psychology
      • Statistics or Research Methods

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The Chicago School is dedicated to keeping our professional degree programs accessible to anyone regardless of financial status. In addition to the scholarships that may be available, our Financial Aid Department will help provide you with information to determine what financial arrangements are right for you.

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