Department of Psychology at Illinois State University
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 Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATTE) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Our specialist program is approved by NCATE and NASP. Both programs are also approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.
School psychologists are identified as the best social services job by U.S. News and World Report (2012). 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 22 percent in the occupation by 2020. Best Social Services Jobs
Registration for spring 2014 will reopen on Monday, December 2 through Friday, December 13. Graduate assistants must be registered for at least nine graduate credit hours in order to retain their assistantships for the spring semester.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Bone Student Center from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
Online Registration is available through February 7, 2014. Students must register and select either the morning or afternoon session for their presentations. This symposium will include both graduate and undergraduate student research projects. No late registration will be accepted..
If you are planning on graduating at the end of the fall or spring semester, be sure you satisfy all of the Graduate School's deadlines for filing a graduation application, thesis or dissertation right to defend deposit, and thesis or dissertation oral defense date. See the Graduate School's list of Important Dates and Deadlines(PDF).
Some of the FALL Graduation Deadlines:
August 26, 2013—Degree Audit submitted to Graduate School
August 26, 2013—Application for Completion of Degree
August 28, 2013—Submission of Proposal Approval Form
October 14, 2013—Dissertation Right to Defend
October 31, 2013—Last day to defend dissertation
November 1, 2013—Deposit dissertation with Graduate School
November 11, 2013—Thesis Right to Defend
November 21, 2013—Last day to defend thesis
November 22, 2013—Deposit thesis with Graduate School
The Doctoral Program Data is made available in compliance with the American Psychological Association disclosure policy IR C-20. Updated information is provided by October 1 of each year, if not sooner.
Ms. Brea Banks and Ms. Lynda Hernandez-Dempsey, both doctoral candidates, are the recipients of the University Club Scholarship Award ( 2013).
Ms. Christine LeFever, a doctoral candidate, is the recipient of the Ora Bretall Scholarship (2013), which is awarded for "dissertations that deal significantly with issues in educational theory."
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 Psychologist.
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 email. If you are changing jobs or your home address, notify Dr. Swerdlik so we can update our alumni records.