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Psychology program awarded full approval for national recognition status

Program also Boasts 2015 Graduating Class with 100 Percent Licensure Pass Rate

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology today announced that its Ed.S. in School Psychology Program, has been awarded full-approval/national recognition status from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), a recognition of the program’s demonstrated consistency with NASP standards. Giving further evidence of the program’s efficacy, every student in its 2015 graduating class passed the both the Illinois State and national licensure exams.* The Chicago School is a nonprofit university, and one of the leading institutions devoted to psychology, and related behavioral and health sciences.

“Both of these accomplishments are indicators of the high-quality effort and work produced by our students and faculty,” said James Walsh, Ph.D., department chair, School Psychology, Chicago Campus. “Obtaining approval means that The Chicago School successfully withstood a rigorous review process of every method and procedure essential to ensuring that we graduate students that are exceptionally qualified to improve the mental health and learning of children. I am extremely proud of our students and our faculty.”

The Chicago School’s program’s approval begins in January 2016 and will be in effect for seven years, the maximum period granted by NASP.

Offered at the institution’s Chicago Campus, the Ed.S. in School Psychology program is based on an integrative-systemic model aimed at enhancing the educational experience for diverse youth populations. Students benefit from superior theoretical preparation, coupled with an unrivaled amount of real-world experience, and spend almost half of their time working in a school setting over the duration of the program. The Ed.S. in School Psychology is also approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), authorizing the institution to conduct the program and recommend candidates for certification by entitlement in Illinois.

About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) is a nonprofit, private university devoted exclusively to psychology, and related behavioral and health sciences. The university serves nearly 4,500 students across campuses in Chicago; Southern California (Los Angeles and Irvine); and Washington, D.C., as well as through online programs. The Chicago School is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, (WSCUC), and its Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program in Chicago is accredited by the American Psychological Association. A member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, TCSPP is recognized for its distinguished service and outstanding contributions to cultural diversity and advocacy. The community service initiatives on the Chicago Campus have also earned recognition on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for six consecutive years. The Los Angeles Campus gained its second recognition in 2014, and its Washington, D.C. Campus received its first award in 2014. With more than 20 graduate degree programs, thousands of hours of real-world training, and a wealth of international opportunities, TCSPP is the leader in professional psychology education. To learn more, visit

*As reported by the Illinois State Board of Education, administrator of the Illinois State exam; and Educational Testing Service, administrator of the National Association of School Psychologists exam.



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