Department of Psychology at Illinois State University

 

Course of Study

Applicants admitted a specialist degree in school psychology or a master's degree may be assessed course credit up to a maximum of 60 hours towards the doctoral program's course of study. Admission with an advanced graduate status will be determined on an individual basis after the doctoral trainee's transcripts are reviewed by the School Psychology Coordinating Committee. If the full 60 hours are credited, trainees would begin the doctoral program in the third year of graduate study. With advanced graduate status, the doctorate degree could be completed in three years including the 12-month doctoral internship and dissertation defense.

The School Psychology Coordinating Committee assigns a program advisor for each doctoral trainee. Program advisors are responsible for guiding trainees through the doctoral curriculum, conducting an annual evaluation of each trainee, and providing feedback to each trainee. Trainees may request a change in their program advisor, but only under unusual circumstances. To request a change in their program advisor, trainees should submit a written petition to the School Psychology Coordinating Committee that explains the circumstances for the change. The Coordinating Committee will notify the trainee, in writing, of their decision.

The program advisors will assist trainees in the development of their Degree Audit Worksheet. Trainees must have an approved Degree Audit Worksheet by the end of the spring semester of their second year in the doctoral program. Without an approved Degree Audit Worksheet, trainees will not be able to register for 500-level courses, nor are trainees eligible to take the comprehensive examination. The Degree Audit Worksheet is approved by the trainee's program advisor and the School Psychology program coordinator. The Degree Audit Worksheet is available on the Doctoral Program Forms website.

Internship sites are selected by trainees with their program advisor's approval. Trainees must also consult with their program advisor before registering for any PSY 590 Advance Practicum course.

Prerequisite Courses

The courses listed below are usually taken as an undergraduate student. If not completed as an undergraduate, doctoral trainees will be required to complete these courses. However, these courses will not count toward graduate credit hours.
PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology
PSY 231 Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 340 Statistics for the Social Sciences
MAT 119 College Algebra
or MAT 120 Finite Mathematics
or MAT 144 Precalculus (or can be satisfied by passing a competency examination administered by the Department of Mathematics or by completing an approved correspondence course)
Mathematics requirement will be waived if trainees received at least a "B" in a college-level statistics course or obtain at least a score of 144 on the Quantitative Reasoning section of the GRE revised General Test.

Suggested 5-Year Course Schedule

Graduate courses are required in the following areas: biological, cognitive, social, and affective bases of behavior, scientific and professional ethics and standards, and measurements, statistics and research. Cultural, ethnic, and sex role bases of behavior, individual differences, etiology of learning, and behavior disorders are also included. Trainees will select their courses after consulting with their Doctoral Program Advisor.

A minimum of 113 credit hours are required to receive the doctoral degree. A suggested five-year course schedule is identified below. The schedule may change based on course availability and enrollment. All courses are for three credit hours unless otherwise noted.

FALL, First Year — 12-15 hours
PSY 421 Advanced Behavior Modification
PSY 440 Statistics: Data Analysis and Methodology
PSY 472 Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in School Psychology
PSY 498.05 First Year Fieldwork in School Psychology (2 hours)
PSY 503 Doctoral Research Proseminar in School Psychology (1 hour)

SPRING, First Year — 14 hours
PSY 433 Social Emotional and Behavioral Assessment and Intervention (formerly Psychodiagnostics II)
PSY 441 Experimental Design
PSY 473 Theories and Techniques of Counseling: Children and Adolescents
PSY 474 Theory and Practice of Mental Health Consultation in the Schools
PSY 498.05 First Year Fieldwork in School Psychology (2 hours)

SUMMER, First Year — hours vary
Choose on diversity course from:
PSY 451 Psychology of Diversity
or C&I 409 Student Diversity and Educational Practices
or EAF 525 Foundations of Comparative Multicultural Education
PSY 499 Master's Thesis
or PSY 502 Research Apprenticeship

FALL, Second Year — 13 hours
PSY 418 Learning and Cognition
PSY 432 Theory and Practice of Cognitive Assessment (formerly Psychodiagnostics I)
PSY 436.05 Practicum: Psychosocial Assessment (which includes intervention)
PSY 452 Seminar in Developmental Psychology
PSY 499 Master's Thesis
or PSY 502 Research Apprenticeship (1 hour)

Course schedule (continued)

SPRING, Second Year — 14 hours
PSY 320 History of Psychology
PSY 431 Theory and Research in Social Psychology
PSY 435 Academic Assessment and Intervention (formerly Diagnostic Procedures)
PSY 436.05 Practicum: Psychosocial Assessment (which includes intervention)
PSY 499 Master's Thesis
or PSY 502 Research Apprenticeship (1 hour)

SUMMER, Second Year — hours vary
Diversity course (if not previously taken)
PSY 499 Master's Thesis (4-6 hours)
or PSY 502 Research Apprenticeship (C)

FALL, Third Year — 12 hours
PSY 420 Theories of Personality
PSY 436.04 Practicum: Psychoeducational Assessment (which includes intervention)
PSY 547 Advanced Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
PSY 590.xx Advanced Practicum
one statistics elective course (if available)

SPRING, Third Year — 12 hours
PSY 436.04 Practicum: Psychoeducational Assessment (which includes intervention)
PSY 463 Brain and Behavior Relationships
PSY 536 Seminar and Practicum in Supervision of School Psychological Services
SED 513 Seminar in Evaluation of Special Education Programs (elective course)
one statistics elective course

SUMMER, Third Year — hours vary
PSY 599 Doctoral Research (Dissertation)

FALL, Fourth Year — 9 hours
PSY 590.03 Advanced Practicum Supervision
PSY 599 Doctoral Research (Dissertation)
PSY elective courses
Statistics Elective

SPRING, Fourth Year — 9 hours
PSY 590.xx Advanced Practicum or other elective
PSY 599 Doctoral Research (Dissertation)
PSY elective courses
SED 513 Seminar in Evaluation of Special Education Programs (elective course)

SUMMER, Fourth Year — hours vary
PSY 599 Doctoral Research (Dissertation)

FALL, Fifth Year — hours vary
PSY 598.90 Doctoral Internship in School Psychology Final Term
PSY 599 Doctoral Research (Dissertation)

SPRING, Fifth Year —hours vary
PSY 598.90 Doctoral Internship in School Psychology Final Term
PSY 599 Doctoral Research (Dissertation)

SUMMER, Fifth Year — hours vary
PSY 598.90 Doctoral Internship in School Psychology Final Term
PSY 599 Doctoral Research (Dissertation)