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 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
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
If you are plan to graduate in December at the end of the fall semester, you must satisfy all of the Graduate School's deadlines for submitting a Degree Audit, filing a graduation application, thesis or dissertation defense, etc. See the complete list of deadlines and requirements on the Graduate School's Academics (Graduation and Commencement) website.
Important Deadlines for August Graduation:
August 22, 2014 — Degree Audit
August 22, 2014 — Application for Completion of Degree
August 27, 2014 — Proposal Approval Form
September 30, 2014 — Dissertation Right to Defend
October 17, 2014 — Last day to defend dissertation
October 20, 2014 — Deposit dissertation in ProQuest
October 13, 2014 — Thesis Right to Defend
October 31, 2014 — Last day to defend thesis
November 3, 2014 — Deposit thesis in ProQuest (by 2:00 p.m.)
Brea Banks, Emily Gnaedinger, and Thomas Mulderink, all doctoral candidates, received the Graduate School's Dissertation Award (2014-16).
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.
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.