The School Psychology program is designed to provide high quality education and training to prepare competent school psychologists for meeting the educational and personal adjustment of children and adolescents in public and private schools.
Based on the scientist-practitioner model, students develop skills in research, assessment, prevention, academic and behavioral intervention, consultation with school professionals and parents, program development, and staff training. Although the primary thrust 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.
Graduate students in the School Psychology program are active in research and the profession. They conduct original research in topics related to the field.
Our students have two types of capstone experiences: a thesis and a developmental portfolio. A thesis provides students the opportunity to engage in original research developing expertise in a subject area, and making an important contribution to the field.
Students also complete two portfolios, at the end of their coursework and at the end of their internship experiences assessing knowledge competency and performance competency, respectively.
Graduates of our program have achieved a wide range of professional successes as leaders and advocates of children. We've placed students in internships and employment opportunities within a multitude of communities and school districts all across the state of Illinois as well as the rest of the country. Click here for a sample of internship and employment sites.
"I have proudly taught for the school psychology graduate program since 2010. Our program at EIU continues to impress me, largely because of the accomplishments of our alumni. Our alumni provide professional trainings and presentations at national conferences, take on administrative roles within school systems, provide independent counseling and evaluation services outside of the school setting, and hold leadership positions within our professional state and national organizations. These accomplishments are in part due to the solid educational foundation students receive in the school psychology program at EIU, including hands-on practical experiences and collaboration with faculty on research. This mentorship and guidance enables our graduates to continue to be leaders in their field.”
“Since joining the school psychology faculty in 2012, I have been impressed with the quality of the training provided to school psychology graduate students at EIU. Our students are truly scientist-practitioners. They are provided with intense instruction in foundations of psychological theories, statistics, and measurement, are held to high standards of proficiency in all areas of assessment, conduct original research, and are exposed to the practice of school psychology through a series of three practicum placements that focus on the application of skills learned in the classroom. I am proud to be part of the group of faculty that mentors such strong school psychologists that go out and serve children and adolescents across the country!"
“I have the privilege of supervising interns, and I also serve as a reference for job placement. In both cases, I hear firsthand from their site supervisors and employers about the excellent job our students do. I believe this excellence is a reflection of the program that is guided by the understanding that children’s development is influenced by biology and the environment at large; thus, our graduates benefit from a well-rounded comprehensive evidence-based education. They understand typical and atypical child development, how children learn and the roots of mental illness and social maladjustment. They are highly skilled to provide prevention, assessment, intervention services at the individual and system level. As a result, our graduates are highly successful school psychologists."
"I pursued my Specialist in School Psychology at EIU. During the two years of coursework, the faculty members were supportive and I gained valuable hands on experience through practica and graduate assistantship opportunities. This knowledge and experience led to an amazing out-of-state internship in Clark County School District (Las Vegas, NV). I am now pursing my career in the same district as a school psychologist. The Specialist Program is outstanding and truly prepares its students to build a career in the field, in any state or district."Jordan Wenger (2016)
"From undergraduate psychology to the School Psychology graduate program, EIU is exceptional and matchless. The School Psychology graduate program provides opportunities to grow and develop as individuals, professionals, and members of a team. The professors are genuine and accessible for all their student’s needs. The cohort and professors have a bond that is like a family. This intimate program strives to shape its students into data-based decision makers, and in turn, serve our youth using best practices. as to offer, because you won't find it anywhere else. It's really one of the best choices I've made.”Michelle Reskto (2016)
"Choosing EIU for my undergraduate and graduate education was the best decision I made throughout college. The small class sizes, caring professors, and research opportunities prepared me for graduate school in school psychology. When deciding where to attend graduate school, EIU was my first choice. I knew I would get the best training from professors who truly were there to help you succeed. The School Psychology program at EIU felt like a family and I would recommend the program to anyone interested in the field."Morgan Nesbitt (2016)
"I’ve loved my experience in the School Psychology program at EIU. The professors and my classmates became my family. The program prepared me to be successful in my job and made me a highly sought after employee for hire. I cannot thank EIU and the School Psychology professors enough! They truly care about their students and have a genuine interest in their success. Thank you EIU!"Jordan Poll (2016)