School Psychology, Ed.S.

This program is designed for applicants who seek to be school psychologists, endorsed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). For students without a previous graduate degree, the Educational Psychology, M.Ed. is earned as part of this degree. The purpose is to provide more advanced knowledge and skills in evidence-based practices in schools and with families to promote positive outcomes.

Faculty review student progress annually to provide formative evaluation and prepare for the next phase of the program. Students are evaluated using a combination of course grades, portfolio assessments, field-based competencies, and professional dispositions assessment,

Students who successfully complete the Educational Psychology, M.Ed., and the School Psychology, Ed.S., coursework are eligible for an endorsement in school psychology from the State of Illinois and certification by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) as Nationally Certified School Psychologists (NCSP).

In addition to National College of Education Graduate Admissions Requirements, applicants must:

  • At least two letters of recommendation, which are academic in nature, regarding the applicants capacity for graduate work
  • Submit a professional resume or curriculum vitae describing relevant background and work experiences
  • Pass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or ISBE approved alternative
  • Note: Applicants may apply to the Ed.S. degree at the time they apply to the M.Ed master’s degree
  • Note: Applicants who already hold a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution may apply to the Ed.S. per required admission criteria

Program Details:

  • Requires 33 SH–36 SH beyond the prerequisite courses in the M.Ed.
  • Students who receive two or more “C” or lower grades will be dropped from the program
  • Requires a two-day per week practicum in school and family settings
  • Requires a full-school year, paid internship in public schools

Required Courses

School Psychology Program - 33–36 SH

EPS 544Social and Emotional Learning in the Schools: Individual and Group Interventions


EPS 561ATheory and Practice of School-Based Consultation I


EPS 561BTheory and Practice of School-Based Consultation II


EPS 561CTheory and Practice of School-Based Consultation III


EPS 563BSchool Psychology Practicum II

1 TO 3

EPS 563CWorking with Families and Children Practicum

1 TO 3

EPS 590Internship in School Psychology


EPS 593Professional Issues in School Psychology


EPS 647Interventions in Schools with Multicultural Students


SPE 500Introduction to and Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities


Notes: EPS 563B must be taken for a total of 9 semester hours. EPS 563C must be taken for a total of 3 semester hours. EPS 590 must be taken for a total of 6 semester hours. EPS 593 must be taken for a total of 3 semester hours. Students who have taken SPE 500 or its equivalent may have the course waived.