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 of the available accreditations and approvals suggested for higher quality training, comprehensive curricular content, and properly 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) (formerly National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) and. Our specialist program is approved by NASP and CAEP. The doctoral and specialist programs are also approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.

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 (2013). According to U.S. News:


In the coming years, classrooms will swell and educate more students who have special needs, learning disabilities, and behavioral issues. Schools tending to their needs will increase demand for school psychologists. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) expects employment growth of nearly 11.3 percent in the occupation by 2022. Best Social Services Jobs

18th Annual School Psychology Institute

Friday, April 24, 2015
9:00-12:30 p.m., Bowling and Billiards Center at the Bone Student Center
Heather Ringeisen, Ph.D.
"Connections between Child Maltreatment and Well-Being: Perspective from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being"
For this workshop, three NASP and ISBE continuing education credits are available. The workshop is free and open to local mental health professionals, but registration is required by Friday, April 17. Contact Dr. Mark Swerdlik by email to register for the workshop.

See the Institute's website


Research Colloquium presented by Dr. Ringeisen
2:00-3:00 p.m., 39 DeGarmo Hall

Graduation Deadlines

If you plan to graduate in May, 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 May 2015 Graduation:
January 16, 2015 — Degree Audit
January 16, 2015 — Application for Completion of Degree
January 20, 2015 — Proposal Approval Form
March 3, 2015 — Dissertation Right to Defend
March 23, 2015 — Thesis Right to Defend
March 20, 2015 — Last day to defend dissertation
March 23, 2015 — Upload approved dissertation in ProQuest
April 3, 2015 — Last day to defend thesis
April 6, 2015 — Upload approved thesis in ProQuest
Graduation for the College of Arts and Sciences is will be Friday, May 8 at 7 p.m.


2014 Alumni Day
2014 University Research Symposium



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

Audrey J. Grupe Fellowship in School Psychology (2014)
Allyson Satterlee, specialist student, School Psychology
Klaudia Pajor, specialist student, School Psychology

Charter Department Graduate Student of Excellence Award (2014)
Alyssa Sondalle, doctoral student, School Psychology

Outstanding Psychology Graduate Assistant (2014)
Nicole Moore, doctoral 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.