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Psy.D. in School Psychology

  • Chicago, IL
  • Full-Time
  • 4 Years

Equipping practitioners to address the social and emotional needs of students, the Psy.D. School Psychology degree prepares students for licensure as School Psychologists and Clinical Psychologists in the State of Illinois. Combining our NASP-approved Ed.S. School Psychology curriculum with additional coursework, internship, and dissertation requirements—this 100-credit, Psy.D. School Psychology program prepares graduates for clinical practice […]

Equipping practitioners to address the social and emotional needs of students, the Psy.D. School Psychology degree prepares students for licensure as School Psychologists and Clinical Psychologists in the State of Illinois. Combining our NASP-approved Ed.S. School Psychology curriculum with additional coursework, internship, and dissertation requirements—this 100-credit, Psy.D. School Psychology program prepares graduates for clinical practice with a doctorate degree in psychology.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Employment of psychologists is projected to grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job prospects should be best for those who have a doctoral degree in an applied specialty and those with a specialist or doctoral degree in school psychology.”

Psy.D. 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 while studying for their school psychologist degree. Chicago is also home to some of the nation’s finest dining, entertainment, museums, and other activities.

The School Psychology program is offered at our flagship campus where 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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In addition to the courses included in the Ed.S School Psychology curriculum, below is a sample listing of courses included in the Psy.D in School Psychology curriculum:

  • Professional Practice in Doctoral School Psychology
  • Research Methodology for Professional Practice
  • Dissertation Seminar I
  • Advanced Doctoral Therapy and Practicum I
  • Social and Community Psychology
  • History and Systems of Psychology
  • Dissertation Seminar II
  • Advanced Doctoral Therapy and Practicum II
  • Developmental Psychology in a Multicultural World
  • Advanced Psychology of Learning Seminar
  • Doctoral Professional Development

The Psy.D. School Psychology program aligns with degree, coursework, and supervised clinical experience requirements for Clinical Psychologist Licensure in Illinois. Prior to applying for licensure, students must complete a minimum number of hours of post-doctoral supervised professional experience. Licensure requires that students apply for and pass the national Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). All candidates are also required to complete the licensure application process, which includes fees and/or background check. For further information about licensure, please visit the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation.

As part of the Psy.D. School Psychology, students complete all program requirements and can also apply for the award of the Ed.S. School Psychology degree. 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.

Licensure and Certification FAQ

 

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.

  • 600 clock hours of supervised field experience training (service learning and practicum)
  • 1200 hours of supervised field experience (service learning and practicum)
  • 1200 hours of internship

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c/o The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

203 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 1900

Chicago, IL 60601

Application to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Psy.D. School Psychology degree 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 wishing to obtain a doctorate in school psychology through the Psy.D. School Psychology program must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Essay 1– 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.
  • Essay 2 – Please answer the following question (approximately 250 words):
    • “Most school psychologists practice with the Ed.S. degree.  Please indicate why you would like to pursue training at the doctoral level rather than at the Educational Specialist level.  Feel free to include any areas of research that you would be interested in pursuing.”
  • 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.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
    • You must arrange for your official GRE scores to be sent to the school. Our school code is 1119.
    • To register for the exam or request scores taken within the past five years, visit GRE.org or call 1-888-GRE-SCORE.
    • Test scores older than 5 years will not be considered
  • 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. If you are mailing in your letters, they should arrive in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal. You can also submit the letters online via the applicant portal.
    • Previous Coursework
      • Earned grade of C or better in the following courses:
        • Psychology
        • Statistics or Research Methods
  • Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data
    • The Psy.D in School Psychology program at the Chicago Campus is not accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
    • Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

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The Chicago School is dedicated to keeping our professional psychology 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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