The Master of Science in School Psychology is required as the first step toward completion of the Specialist’s in School Psychology which is the requirement for the preparation of competent professional school psychologists who serve children, teachers, and parents in an age of societal, educational, and professional change. Candidates who successfully complete the MS in School Psychology at Eastern Illinois University have the option to continue on and complete the Specialist Program or may consider the alternative of pursuing a doctoral degree.
The School Psychology program is designed to prepare individuals to function in a school setting and in a role that requires interest in the educational and personal adjustment of children and adolescents. It is anticipated the graduate students will develop skills in assessment, therapeutic techniques, educational remediation, consultation, program development, and staff training and research.
Although the primary purpose of the program is to certify school psychologists in the State of Illinois, many current graduates migrate to other states where they also qualify for state certification. An Illinois school psychologist must complete a full year of internship in an approved public school setting.
Completion time: 66 hours
Accreditation: Approved by the National Association of School Psychologists