We offer Specialist-Level (Ed.S.) and Doctoral-Level (Ed.D.) training in our School Psychology graduate program, where students can learn and apply evidence-based practices to promote student achievement and positive mental health and behavior support in a multi-tier service delivery model, including Response to Intervention (RTI). A respecialization option may be available for persons with related previous graduate degrees (e.g., Clinical Psychology).
Our Ed.S. Program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and graduates are eligible for endorsement as licensed school psychologists by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and to become Nationally Certified School Psychologists (NCSP) by NASP.
The Focus of Our School Psychology Programs
Are you looking to make a difference with children, students, their families and their teachers? If so, then the NLU School Psychology program may be the one for you. If these ideas resonate with you, click here to view our Program's Big Ideas.
For almost a half century, school psychologists have been struggling to be seen as more than the persons who "just test students" or who serve as "gatekeepers" for special education. Instead, the field has moved increasingly away from "test and place" models to roles where school psychologists take responsibility for providing mental health services and provide academic and behavior consultation and intervention support.
Our students learn evidence-based, functional assessment and intervention practices with an ecological and preventive/early intervention focus. The goal is to prepare our graduates to assume leadership roles in their district, not only as service providers, but as real school leaders.