Department of Psychology at Illinois State University



Graduate Programs in School Psychology

Welcome to the Graduate Programs in School Psychology at Illinois State University! We are very proud of our doctoral and specialist programs and our long history of educating school psychologists dating back to the 1950s. Our Graduate Programs were the first in Illinois to receive approval from the State Teacher Certification Board. We have over 600 alumni working throughout the United States.

Our Graduate Programs have all available accreditations and approvals suggested for higher quality training, comprehensive curricular content, and professionally supervised field experiences. The doctoral program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (750 First Street, NW, Washington, DC 20002-4242, 202/336-5979), and approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Our specialist program is approved by NASP and CAEP. The doctoral and specialist programs are also approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy: The Graduate Programs in School Psychology has adopted the NASP Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy. Our Graduate Programs are committed to this policy of nondiscrimination and the promotion of equal opportunity, fairness, justice, and respect for all persons. We work to ensure that our Graduate Programs provide an environment that is safe and welcoming and provides equal opportunity to all persons regardless of actual or perceived characteristics, including race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, immigration status, socioeconomic status, language, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, chronic illness, or any other personal identity or distinguishing characteristics. Discrimination is defined as acting toward people in a manner that results in adverse impact because they share similar characteristics or because they are from specific groups. The entire NASP Policy is available on the NASP website.

APA Requirement: STUDENT ADMISSIONS, OUTCOMES, AND OTHER DATA are made available in compliance with the American Psychological Association disclosure policy IR C-20 Disclosure of Education/Training Outcomes and Information Allowing for Informed Decision-Making to Prospective Students. Updated information is provided by October 1 of each year, if not sooner


American Psychological Association

Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation

Illinois State Board of Education


School psychologists are identified as the best social services job by U.S. News and World Report (2015). According to U.S. News:

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 16,300 new school psychologist jobs will be added between 2012 and 2022 at an employment growth rate of 11.3 percent. Part of that expansion comes from an increasing need for schools to assist students with learning disabilities, special needs and behavioral issues..


Course Registration Information


Fall registration will re-open on Monday, May 16 at 8:00 a.m. Fall classes will begin on Monday, August 22.


In order to register, log in to and the Student Services Center. You must clear all Holds and complete all To Do List items identified in the Student Service Center before you can register. The Financial Responsibility Agreement must be accepted each semester.


Registering for thesis or dissertation credit requires an override. Contact he department's Graduate Programs Office by email ( to request an override.


Graduation Deadlines

If you plan to graduate in December, you must satisfy all of the Graduate School's deadlines (i.e., submitting a Degree Audit, filing a graduation application, thesis or dissertation defense, etc.). See the complete list of deadlines on the Graduate School's Academics (Graduation and Commencement) website.

Important Deadlines for August 2016 Graduation:
May 19, 2016 — Degree Audit
May 19, 2016 — Application for Completion of Degree
May 19, 2016 — Proposal Approval Form
May 31, 2016 — Dissertation Right to Defend
June 6, 2016 — Thesis Right to Defend
June 17, 2016 — Last day to defend a dissertation
June 20 — Final deposit dissertation checklist materials in the Graduate School
July 1, 2016 — Last day to defend a thesis
July 5, 2016 — Final deposit thesis checklist materials in the Graduate School
August 5, 2016 — Degree Completion Date


Graduate School's Dissertation Award (2014-16)
Brea Banks, doctoral student, School Psychology
Emily Gnaedinger, doctoral student, School Psychology
Thomas Mulderink, doctoral student in School Psychology

Ora Bretall Scholarship (2015)
Leah Marks, doctoral student, School Psychology

Charter Department Graduate Student of Excellence Award (2015)
Brea Banks, doctoral graduate, School Psychology

Foundation Fellowship (2015)
Margaret Christie, doctoral student, School Psychology


Audrey J. Grupe Fellowship in School Psychology (2015)
Jennifer Hilger, specialist student, School Psychology
Allyson Satterlee, 2nd year specialist student, School Psychology


Useful Links

Are you trying to decide what type of degree you might need for your career options? You may want to read "A Career in School Psychology: Selecting a Master's, Specialist, or Doctoral Degree Program that Meets Your Needs" (PDF) by the National Association of School Psychologists.

Find a Classmate

The Graduate Programs in School Psychology maintains a database of its alumni dating back to the 1960s. If you are interested in finding a classmate, contact Dr. Mark Swerdlik by e-mail. If you are changing jobs or your home address, notify Dr. Swerdlik so we can update our alumni records.



See photographs on the department's Facebook page for the following events:

2015 Alumni Day
2015 Honors Colloquium and Awards Ceremony
2015 University Research Symposium