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  Sep 23, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook

Psy.D. School Psychology


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Program Overview

The PsyD School Psychology degree is a 100 credit hour applied doctoral program that prepares students for licensure as School Psychologists and as Clinical Psychologists in the State of Illinois. It combines our NASPapproved EdS curriculum with additional coursework, internship, and dissertation requirements to prepare graduates for clinical practice at the doctoral level.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program students will be able to:

Professional Practice

  • Use psychological and educational assessment measures in a nondiscriminatory, valid, and reliable manner.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate effective interventions for children and adolescents.
  • Apply an understanding of individual and cultural differences effectively in multicultural and pluralistic social contexts.

Diversity

  • Apply an understanding of individual and cultural differences effectively in multicultural and pluralistic social contexts.

Professional Behavior

  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional ethics and standards for School and Clinical Psychologists as defined by the National Association of School Psychologists and the American Psychological Association.

Scholarship

  • Plan, conduct, and evaluate applied psychological and educational research.

Licensure

The Psy.D. School Psychology program aligns with degreecoursework, and supervised clinical experience requirements for eligibility for clinical psychologist licensure in Illinois. Prior to applying for licensure, students must complete a minimum number of hours of post-doctoral supervised professional experience. Licensure requires that students apply for and pass the national Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). All candidates are also required to complete the licensure application process, which includes fees and/or background check. For further information about licensure, please visit the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation.

As part of the Psy.D. School Psychology, students complete all program requirements and can also apply for the award of the Ed.S. School Psychology degree. The Ed.S. School Psychology degree is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and as such, is aligned with the degreecoursework, and supervised experience requirements for an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) with a School Psychologist Endorsement. All candidates must meet additional requirements to be licensed including completion of a test for basic skills (ACT, SAT, or TAP) and the School Psychologist Test (#183). The licensure application process may include fees and/or background check as well as documentation of completed coursework and supervised experience. For further information about licensure, please visit the Illinois State Board of Education.

The Ed.S. in School Psychology is also approved by the National Association of School Psychologists and as such, it aligns with degree and coursework requirements for a Nationally Certified School Psychologist credential. The credential application process includes a fee, as well as documentation of completed coursework, supervised experience, and examination. More information about certification is available at the website of the National Association of School Psychologists.

Admission Requirements

Application to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Psy.D. School Psychology program is open to any person who has earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements:

  • Generally, an undergraduate GPA of a 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required for admission.
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts from all schools where a degree was earned.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
  • An admission essay.
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic professors or professional or volunteer supervisors.
  • Work experience recommended but not required for admission.
  • Prerequisites: undergraduate courses (a course in psychology and a course in either statistics or research methods) that must be completed prior to enrollment, with a grade earned of “C” or better.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  Scores should be sent directly to the school (GRE School Code: 1119).
  • $50.00 (USD) application fee.

Applicant Notification

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology reviews applications on a rolling basis. Once review begins, complete applications will be considered by the Admission Committee and the student is quickly notified of the admission decision. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology does not share information or provide any feedback regarding admission decisions.

If a student is offered admission, in order to secure a place in the incoming class, a non-refundable tuition deposit of $500 will be required by the deposit deadline indicated in the offer of admission. The non-refundable deposit will be applied in full toward the student’s tuition upon enrollment.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • Successful completion of 100 hours of coursework
  • Successful completion of 1200 clock hours of supervised field experience training (service learning and practicum)
  • Successful completion of 1200 clock hours of full-time supervised internship in a school setting over twelve months.
  • Successful completion of dissertation

Policies

The following policies are located under Academic Policies and Procedures : Academic Calendar, Admissions Requirements, Attendance, Satisfactory Academic Progress, Service Learning, and Transfer Credit/Course Waiver. Click the link above for detailed information.

Ethical Guidelines

Graduates will demonstrate commitment to the ethical guidelines adopted by the National Association of School Psychologists’ Professional Conduct Manual, which contains “Principles for Professional Ethics” and the “Standards for the Provision of School Psychological Services” and those adopted by the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Ethical Principles of Psychologists. For example, students shall not engage in employment beyond the scope of their training and may not use titles governed by certification and licensure statutes. Students that fail to adhere to ethical and legal guidelines appropriate for the practice of School Psychology are subject to discipline.

Earning an Ed.S. in School Psychology

A student in the Psy.D. in School Psychology program may earn an Ed.S. School Psychology following the successful completion of required coursework and specific program requirements. At the beginning of the semester in which a student expects to be eligible for the degree, they are required to submit Petition for Degree Conferral to the Office of the Registrar. The petition is a request to conduct an audit to determine eligibility for the degree. A student who meets the requirements is eligible to participate in the next scheduled commencement. Eligibility guidelines are contained in the catalog under which the student was admitted. A student who files a Petition for Degree Conferral is charged a fee.

The specific requirements for award of an Ed.S. School degree are as follows:

Practicum

The practicum is an integral component of clinical training.  Students receive closely supervised experience in order to apply assessment, intervention, and consultation skills learned in the classroom in a professional setting.  All students take 12 credits of practicum courses over a two-year period.  Upon completion of the program, all students will have completed 1200 clock hours of supervised field experience training. 

Internship

All students are required to complete an internship following the successful completion of all course work and practicum requirements.  Students integrate academic knowledge with clinical skills and demonstrate the effective and ethical use of these skills in clinical practice.

The internship consists of a minimum of 1200 clock hours of full-time supervised internship.  Appropriate sites should meet the requirements for approval by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association of Psychology Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral Internship Centers (APPIC).  Registration for internship automatically assigns full-time student status.

Dissertation

Students must complete a dissertation that has been approved by the School Psychology Department, as well as the TCSPP National Center Academic and Dissertation Excellence (NCADE).

Comprehensive Exam

Students must take and pass the Illinois School Psychologist Exam and obtain a passing score as indicated by the Illinois State Board of Education.  Students must also take and pass the Praxis II School Psychologist Exam and obtain a passing score necessary to obtain the Nationally Certified School Psychology (NCSP) credential.

The Curriculum


Required Core: 100 credit hours

Program Total

Psy.D. School Psychology: 100 credit hours

Required Core


Extension Courses


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