The doctoral program in School Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), the Council for Accreditation of Teacher Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the Illinois State Board of Education. APA accreditation and approval by NASP and CAEP provide recognition for graduate programs meeting national standards for the education of professional service providers in school psychology. Program accreditation and approval suggests comprehensive curriculum, high quality training, and properly supervised field experiences.
The doctorate degree can be completed in five years with full-time enrollment on campus for four years and a 12-month internship.
A student applying to this program must:
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.
Complete and submit your application by January 1.
Admission is offered only for the fall semester and is very competitive. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Admission offers are sent in February. The Council for Graduate Schools stipulates that an applicant has until April 15 to accept or decline an admission offer. Some admission offers may be delayed until applicants notify the department that they are declining admission.
You must have a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework or 3.0 GPA for 9 hours of graduate coursework.
If you have completed a master's degree in psychology, you must have a 3.5 graduate GPA or higher (on a 4.0 scale).
You must have completed at least 21 hours of undergraduate psychology courses, including:
You’ll also need to have a proficiency in math. This includes any one of the following:
If you have not completed the required undergraduate courses, you may still be admitted. Missing courses will be added to your curriculum and must be completed during your first year of graduate study.
The GRE is not required for fall 2021 applicants. It will not be used to evaluate applicants but can be used to establish math proficiency. Use institution code 1319 if you wish to submit GRE scores.
Upload your current C.V or resume to the online application system.
Upload a scholarly writing sample (5-15 pages long).
Write and upload a personal statement that addresses the following:
If you have a master’s degree in something other than psychology, and you have been employed as a school psychologist, you are still eligible for admission.
You must be academically qualified to pursue doctoral study and be able to demonstrate research competency (such as a master’s thesis and research courses).
Credit for masters-level courses will be determined on an individual basis. If your master's degree did not require an empirical master's thesis, you must complete a research apprenticeship as part of the doctoral program's curriculum.
The application process requires campus interviews, which will be conducted via Zoom. Selected applicants will be notified about the interview schedule.
|Fall (August)||January 1|
|Spring (January)||No Spring admission|
|Summer (May/June)||No Summer admission|
The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.
To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally:
Graduate assistants receive:
The department awards graduate assistantships to applicants who accept admission. Graduate assistantships are subject to verification of employment eligibility under U.S. immigration laws and the receipt of anticipated state funding by the University.
See Student Accounts for information on tuition and fees. Funding for graduate students is available from several different sources. Students who have been admitted from contiguous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.
|Adena Meyers||DeGarmo 422||abmeyer@IllinoisState.edu||(309) 438-8069|