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

FND510Social Justice Perspectives on the History and Philosophy of American Education

EPS545Cognition and Instruction and Curriculum (for School Psychology Majors)

ESR502Research Analysis Methods for Educational Psychologists

ESR503Applied Research Methods for Educational Psychologists

Program Requirements - 23 SH

EPS507Developmental Psychopathology

EPS530Educational Assessment for Problem Solving

EPS532Cognitive Assessment

EPS535Working with Families and Children

EPS539Foundations of Behavioral Support

EPS540Introduction to School Psychology Practice

EPS543Social and Emotional Learning in the Schools: School-Wide Intervention

EPS546Methods of Intervention in a Tiered Service Delivery Model

EPS563ASchool Psychology Practicum I