Educational Psychology, M.Ed. (pre-certification)

The M.Ed. is part of NLU's School Psychology program and is intended for those who plan to continue on to earn the School Psychology Educational Specialist degree (Ed.S.) or the School Psychology Doctor of Education degree (Ed.D.), but who do not already have a master’s degree. At the time of applications, students will apply for both the M.Ed. program and either the Ed.S. or the Ed.D.

The M.Ed. program provides foundational knowledge of and opportunities to observe and use evidence-based practices in schools and with families to promote positive outcomes.

Coursework in this program may be applied toward the School Psychology endorsement on the Illinois Professional Educator License and certification requirements by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) for eligibility to be a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP).

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

In addition to National College of Education Graduate Admissions Requirements, applicants must submit the following materials:

  • At least two letters of recommendation, which are academic in nature, regarding the applicants capacity for graduate work
  • Professional resume or curriculum vitae describing relevant background and work experiences

Program Details:

  • Requires 33 SH for completion
  • Requires up to one day per week of school- and family-based practicum

Required Courses

MED Core - 10 SH

FND 510Social Justice Perspectives on the History and Philosophy of American Education

1 TO 3

EPS 545Cognition and Instruction and Curriculum (for School Psychology Majors)


ESR 502Research Analysis Methods for Educational Psychologists


ESR 503Applied Research Methods for Educational Psychologists


Note: FND 510 should be taken for 3 semester hours.

Program Requirements - 23 SH

EPS 507Developmental Psychopathology


EPS 530Educational Assessment for Problem Solving


EPS 532Cognitive Assessment


EPS 535Working with Families and Children

1 TO 3

EPS 539Foundations of Behavioral Support


EPS 540Introduction to School Psychology Practice


EPS 543Social and Emotional Learning in the Schools: School-Wide Intervention


EPS 546Methods of Intervention in a Tiered Service Delivery Model


EPS 563ASchool Psychology Practicum I


Notes: EPS 535 must be taken for 3 semester hours. EPS 563A must be taken for a total of 3 semester hours.

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