Department of Psychology at Illinois State University


Independent Study

PSY 400 Independent Study or PSY 500 Independent Study (only for doctoral trainees) is an opportunity for school psychology trainees to study an area of interest in depth under the supervision of a faculty member. Under independent study, school psychology trainees are responsible for developing their own independent study project. Trainees are required to produce a substantive work product from the independent study—generally a paper—although the nature of the final work product may vary. Trainees must complete the Independent Study Contract for Graduate Trainees.

The contract is an interactive Microsoft Word document. The contract should be completed on the computer. Handwritten contracts will not be accepted. Trainees should complete the top portion of the contract and provide a brief description of the independent study, and then save the contract as a Word document. The saved contract should be submitted to the faculty supervisor as an e-mail attachment. The faculty supervisor should complete the trainee's responsibilities and grading criteria portion of the contract. Then, the contract should be printed and signed by both parties. The signed contract should be submitted to the program coordinator for approval. After signing the contract, the program coordinator should submit the contract to the Graduate Programs Office for approval by the department chair. Trainees cannot register for independent study until the contract has been approved by the department. Trainees will be notified when they can register. If the contract is approved after the first week of the semester, trainees must register in 107 Moulton Hall.