National Louis University Ed.S. and Ed.D. graduates who complete the following courses or their equivalent are eligible for licensure as school psychologists in the state of Illinois, contingent on the Program’s endorsement and passing scores on the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) School Psychology Specialty Examination. In addition, successful graduates are eligible to become National Certified School Psychologists (NCSP).
M.Ed. Course Requirements
For students without a graduate degree, the courses in the link below totaling 33 Semester Hours (SH) earn them a M.Ed. degree. Students may be able to take 1-2 foundational courses (FND 510 and SPE 500) in the summer before they begin their School Psychology coursework. All courses are included as part of the terminal Ed.S. degrees or Ed.D. degrees, and count toward meeting ISBE licensure requirements.
Ed.S. Course Requirements
For students entering with an M.Ed., the courses in the link below totaling 36 Semester Hours (SH) earn them the Ed.S., the minimum degree required for practice as a school psychologist as defined by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
If you have earned their master’s degree in another area and/or from another program may need to take more than the courses in the link below to be eligible for your ISBE license You will likely need to take ALL of the courses in the link and some, if not most of the M.Ed. courses. If admitted, your faculty advisor will work with you to develop your course of study.
If admitted and you have a master’s degree, you may be able to take 1-2 courses in the summer before you begin your other School Psychology Program courses.
Persons who have earned their M.Ed. in the National Louis School Psychology Program will likely need to take ALL of the courses in the link below. Your faculty advisor will work with you to develop your course of study.
Ed.D. Course Requirements
For students entering with a master’s degree, and/or who have been practicing school psychologists, the courses in the link below totaling 63 Semester Hours (SH) earn them the Ed.D. Note that these 63 hours includes 9 hours of electives that we intend to be your speciality area. We intend to transition to the Ph.D. and hope to apply for NASP accreditation for the doctoral program in 2012.
If you have earned their master’s degree in another area and/or from another program you may need to take more than the courses in the link below to be eligible for your license. If admitted, your faculty advisor will work with you to develop your course of study.
If you are a licensed school psychologist who has already completed a full-year internship, we hope that we can construct a doctoral internship experience that will be substantially different from your previous one, both in terms of what you will do, the nature of supervision, and financial benefit. A variety of doctoral internship opportunities are available, including those approved by the American Psychological Association (APA), in more clinical settings, or out-of-state.
If you are thinking of entering the doctoral program without a graduate degree, you would complete all the course requirements for the M.Ed. and the course requirements for the Ed.S. but would not be required to complete the 1 year, full-time internship at this time. That internship would be the culminating experience for your doctoral program and enable you to licensed.