Department of School Psychology

at the National College of Education at National Louis University

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About NLU's School Psychology Internship

In their final year of School Psychology training, Ed.S. or Ed.D. students embark on a 9-10 month, full-time capstone experience - the school psychology internship. NLU students secure internships in exemplary area school districts that are well-matched to their developing professional interests and skills in multi-tier services and supports (RTI). Interns are provided opportunities to achieve breadth and depth of experiences with evidence-based practices and data-based decision making, and are supported to move beyond their comfort zones with field- and university-based supervision. Because NLU participates in the state internship program, school psychology interns are paid with salaries or stipends ranging from $9,000 to $20,000 locally. APA-approved internships are potential options for doctoral students, and out-of-state internships are also available.

University-Based Internship Seminar

In conjunction with their day-to-day experiences in schools, school psychology interns participate in a monthly university-based internship seminar, EPS 590 (specialist-level) or EPS 690 (doctoral-level). The 2 Semester Hour (SH) per quarter seminar (repeated each of 3 quarters) helps students link developing conceptual knowledge and critical thinking to the application of evidence-based practices in the field. The seminar provides opportunities for individual and peer group supervision, ongoing professional development including training in crisis prevention and intervention through NASP PREPaRE, and support with administrative requirements such as obtaining state and national certification.

Individualized Doctoral Internship Experiences

For persons with a  school psychology degree or who may already be certified or licensed who are seeking the doctoral degree, the doctoral internship is individualized based on the students’ prior knowledge, experiences, and goals. We do not believe a second internship should be a redundant experience, nor does it have to be low pay. Participation in the Illinois internship program is not required.

Internship Goals

  1. Develop a deeper understanding of school psychologists’ roles to enhance self-confidence and autonomy.
  2. Link ongoing knowledge and critical thinking to evidence-based practices.
  3. With the support of supervision, apply skills in areas that may be outside of comfort zones.
  4. Problem solve practice issues of increasing complexity by discussing and comparing ongoing experiences.
  5. Formatively evaluate development of professional skills to prioritize learning needs.
  6. Begin engagement in various forms of supervision (e.g., individual; group; peer-based) with supervisors (e.g., site; university; administrative; peers).

Internship Big Ideas

  1. The school psychology internship is about expanding discipline, defined by Webster as:  
    1. a field of study, or  training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties
    2.  moral character; orderly or prescribed conduct or pattern of behavior;
    3. self-control;
    4. a rule or system of rules governing conduct or activity
  2. In contrast, the school psychology internship presents many students a sustained challenge because of institutional inertia, a tendency for schools to resist change. A consequence is for previous training to washout rather than being firmed up or expanded upon.
  3. The school psychology internship provides the first sustained opportunity for future school psychologists to develop their own personal areas of interest and expertise and impact academic and behavior outcomes for all students.
  4. Supervision is critical to success to support professional discipline and overcome inertia.

Internship Sites for 2012-13

  • Wheeling High School - District 214
  • Ramona Elementary School - District 39
  • Dundee Crown High School - District 300
  • Glenbrook North High School - District 225
  • Wayne Thomas Elementary - District 112
  • Proviso Area-Exceptional Child  - SEJA 803
  • Washington Junior High - District 203
  • Willowbrook High School - District 88
  • Waukegan High School - District 60
  • Evanston Township High School - District  202
  • Matteson Elementary School - District 159
  • Flossmoor School District 161
  • Whittier Elementary School - District 159
  • Oak Park & River Forest High School - District 200
  • Riverside Brookfield Township High School - District 208
Locations
  • 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.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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  • ELGIN

    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
    (888) 658.8632
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  • NORTH SHORE

    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.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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  • LISLE

    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
    (888) 658.8632
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  • WHEELING

    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
    (888) 658.8632
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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    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, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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  • WISCONSIN

    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
    (414) 577.2658
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