Accreditation and State Licensure

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) since 2011. To learn more about WSCUC, please see their contact information below.  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

Reaffirmation of Accreditation Preparation 2016

Institutional Report – Spring 2016

TCSPP began preparing for this report the day the Commission Action Status Letter was received in 2011.  There were 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.

The Institutional Report (self-study) describes TCSPP’s accreditation history, including the most recent team report and Commission action letters; a self-review of the Standards and CFRs in the context of TCSPP’s capacity and infrastructure, strengths, weaknesses, priorities, and plans for achieving compliance with the Standards and institutional improvement. To review the report, please click here.

Offsite Accreditation Review – Fall 2016

On October 4, 2016, TCSPP had its Offsite Review.  The Offsite Review was conducted by a team who reviewed the Institutional Report and accompanying documents. The institution is evaluated on its compliance with the Standards during the one day review which includes a video conference with TCSPP representatives. The evaluation team shared impressions, issues for follow-up including additional questions and documents for review at the onsite visit.  The team commended the institution for its accomplishments and practices.  The team also identified six lines of inquiry that may be pursued during the Accreditation visit.  It was recommended that the accreditation visit proceed as scheduled in March 2017.

Onsite Accreditation Review – Spring 2017

In Spring 2017, the Site Team visited the D.C., Irvine, Chicago, and Los Angeles campuses to meet with TCSPP representatives to follow-up on preliminary findings of the Offsite review concerning both compliance and improvement. The D.C. site visit occurred on February 6, 2017. The Irvine site visit occurred on February 23, 2017. The Chicago site visit occurred on March 2-3, 2017.  For highlights of these campus site visits, please click here. Finally, the Los Angeles site visit occurred on March 21-23, 2017.  At the conclusion of the onsite review, the Team provided six commendations and five recommendations. The final team report for of the evaluation team was presented to the CEO in May, 2017.  An institutional written response to the Team Report was forwarded to the Commission panel along with the team report and confidential recommendation.

WSCUC Panel Review 2017

On June 22, 2017, representatives from TCSPP met with the Commission to discuss the outcome of our reaffirmation process that ended March, 2017, with the Los Angeles Campus Site Visit. The Commission voted to receive the team report, reaffirm our accreditation status for 10 years, and requested an interim report in Spring, 2022, to address the team’s recommendations. You can read the WSCUC letter to TCSPP here.

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 Outcomes and Program Learning Outcomes. Our institutional learning outcomes for students completing our degree programs are:

  • Professional Practice: Graduates will be able to demonstrate attainment in the areas of competency (as reflected in knowledge, skills and attitudes) required by their area of education and training. Examples include evaluation, intervention, consultation, teaching, and supervision.
  • Diversity: Graduates will respect the value and dignity of individuals and groups across all cultural contexts, and advocate for inclusion and equity. They will demonstrate intercultural competence in domestic and international contexts with people who have ideas, beliefs, worldviews, experiences, and behaviors that are different from their own.
  • Professional Behavior: Graduates will be able to demonstrate by their values, beliefs and behaviors adherence to the highest ethical and professional standards in their personal and professional lives.
  • Scholarship: Graduates will be able to integrate scientific research and theory, as broadly defined, to enhance their scholarly and professional endeavors.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

State Authorization and Accreditation

Accredited Programs

University/ProgramCampusAccrediting AgencyInitialLatestExpires
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (all programs)AllWASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). More information about WSCUC is available here

201120172027
Psy.D. Clinical PsychologyChicagoAmerican Psychological Association (APA). More information about APA accreditation is available here201420172023
Psy.D. Clinical PsychologyD.C.American Psychological Association (APA). More information about APA is available here201520152022
M.A. Clinical Mental Health CounselingD.C.Council of Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). More information about CACREP accreditation is available here201820182020
M.A. Clinical Mental Health CounselingOnlineCouncil of Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). More information about CACREP accreditation is available here201820182026

Approved Programs

University/ProgramCampusApproval AgencyInitialLatestExpires
Ed.S. School PsychologyChicagoNational Association of School Psychologists (NASP). More information about NASP is available here

201620162022
M.S. Applied Behavior AnalysisAllBehavior Analysis Certification Board® (BACB®) verified course sequence (4th edition). More information about the BACB® is available here201420162018

Programs Seeking or Preparing to Seek Accreditation

University/ProgramCampusAgency Seeking AccreditationCurrent Status
M.A. Clinical Psychology, Marital & Family Therapy SpecializationLA, Irvine, San DiegoCommission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
(COAMFTE). More information about COAMFTE accreditation is available here.
Application for accreditation and a letter of intent was submitted on February 1, 2018 with a submission date of Eligibility Criteria materials for the October 1st deadline.
M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. Forensic Psychology, and M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis OnlineNorth Carolina Board of Governors (NCBOG). More information about NCBOG licensure is available here.A timeline has been developed for completing the required self-study. The self-study completion is anticipated by June-July 2018.
MPHOnline, LACouncil on Education for Public Health. More information about CEPH accreditation is available here Initial Application Submissions (IAS) submitted on August 22, 2017 for Fall 2017 review. The IAS was accepted on October 11, 2017 and a self-study must be submitted by October 7, 2019.
M.S. Counseling PsychologyChicagoMaster in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC). More information about MPCAC accreditation is available here.The self-study was submitted in January 2018 and is waiting to hear back from MPCAC’s Accreditation Review Committee.
Psy.D. Clinical PsychologyLAAmerican Psychological Association (APA). More information about APA accreditation is available here.

The self-study was submitted in July 2017. The commission approved a site visit in November 2017. A site visit has been tentatively scheduled for March 21-22, 2018.

Questions related to the program’s 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 / E-mail: [email protected]
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation
Psy.D. Clinical PsychologyXULAAmerican Psychological Association (APA). More information about APA accreditation is available hereIntent to Apply Declaration submitted in June 2017 and accepted August 2017. A self-study will be submitted in the Spring 2018. The date that the declaration expires and will be removed from the APA website as a program intending to seek accreditation is September 1, 2020.

Questions related to the program’s 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 / E-mail: [email protected]
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation
*There is no guarantee that an applicant program will be granted accreditation.

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 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.

 

Minnesota Office of Higher Education

 

1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350

 

St. Paul, MN 55108

 

www.ohe.state.mn.us

 

(651) 642-0533

 

[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

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

TCS Education System Logo 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 February 23, 2018.