Department of School Psychology

at the National College of Education at National Louis University

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Information About Our Program

The NLU School Psychology Program offers two degrees that enable persons to be licensed to practice as school psychologists in Illinois by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and also to qualify as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) by NASP. Most students enter with the intention of earning the Educational Specialists Degree (Ed.S). A few Ed.S. students immediately go on to the Doctoral Degree (Ed.D.). Historically, a few persons already with other graduate degrees enter the program each year to earn the Ed.D.

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In 2010-2011, we modified our curriculum and program activities consistent with the Figure above to create a comprehensive graduate program. In this approach, students can enter or exit a variety of degree programs. Our goal is to admit qualified students who are interested in the Ed.D. immediately into that program upon completion of their Ed.S. Moving from one degree to another would be seamless, ending in the terminal Ed.D. degree. This approach means a focused 3 years of coursework, a single, full-year internship and a practical, high quality dissertation. An Ed.S. may be earned along the way, but would not be required. Our goal is that at least 50% of persons entering the School Psychology Program will continue through the Doctoral Degree.

For those students not interested in the Ed.D., they may exit the program with the Ed.S., the minimum standard of practice recognized by NASP.

In addition, the NLU School Psychology Program is committed to providing a respecialization option for practicing school psychologists or persons with graduate degrees in related fields (e.g., Clinical Psychology) who are interested only in completing requirements for school psychology licensure.

Nearly all students are full-time, although part-time completion is an option.

We offer four points of entry:

  1. Most applicants enter with a BA or BS degree in psychology or a related field with the intention of earning the Ed.S. in School Psychology, recognized as the entry-level standard of practice. These applicants apply for the M.Ed. first, on their way to the Ed.S. Students who enter with a BA or BS can expect a 3-year course of full-time study with decreasing coursework and increasing time spent in schools. The third-year is a full-time (9-10 month), financially compensated school-based internship. After their first year, consisting of 33 Semester Hours (SH), students earn their M.Ed. Students then enter the Ed.S. degree program, which is completed after an additional 1 year of full-time study and a 1 year internship; the Ed.S. consists of an additional 36 SH.

  2. Some applicants enter with an MA, MS or M.Ed. in a related field. Many of these applicants have valuable field experience, especially those with education degrees, and apply directly to the Ed.S. degree. Depending on previous degree coursework, the plan of study may be less than 3 full-time years. One of these coursework years must be the full-time internship. The number of SH of coursework may differ per student. The School Psychology Program coordinator will evaluate each applicant's transcripts to develop an individualized course of study consistent with ISBE licensure requirements. For courses to be waived or transferred, prior courses must have been taken within the last 10 years.

  3. Some applicants apply to the Educational Doctorate (Ed.D.) in School Psychology Program (Ed.D. Course of Study). To ensure that these applicants are eligible for ISBE licensure and eligibility for the NCSP when they finish their degree, students complete all ISBE school psychology licensure requirements. Many of our Ed.D. students are practicing school psychologists who wish to return to school to pursue further leadership opportunities in an individualized program, with the possibility of completing a full-time internship/learning experience that is connected to their full-time employment

  4. A few applicants with a Ph.D., or Psy.D., or Ed.D. equivalents in related fields (e.g., clinical psychology, educational psychology) apply to our respecialization option. Based on the evaluation of previous experiences and coursework, an individualized course of study is developed that leads to ISBE endorsement as a school psychologist.

 

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  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

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    Chicago, IL 60603

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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123

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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

     

     

    5110 Eisenhower Boulevard
    Suite 102
    Tampa, Florida 33634
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    NLU's Milwaukee campus has a proud history of serving graduate students in education in southeastern Wisconsin. Nearly one in five certified Wisconsin teachers looks to NLU for graduate education programs – more than any other university in the state. In addition to classrooms with high-tech media equipment, the campus offers a state-of-the-art computer lab with wireless Internet access and an extensive IDS research library.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
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