Department of Psychology at Illinois State University
We will start accepting specialist applictions for fall 2014 admission after September 15, 2013.
Admission is offered only for the fall semester and is very competitive. Only applicants who intend to enroll full time will be considered for admission. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the specialist program in School Psychology. The department must receive a complete application by December 1 in order for the applicant to be considered for admission. A complete application includes the following:
Program Requirements: Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework and a bachelor's degree. Applicants should have completed at least 21 hours of undergraduate psychology courses that include general psychology or an equivalent course, experimental psychology or research methods or equivalent, and a social science statistics course or equivalent. Applicant who have not completed required courses may be admitted to the specialist program but will have the required courses added to the specialist program requirements. The required courses must be completed during the first year of graduate study at Illinois State.
Individuals who have been convicted of a felony are not eligible to complete an internship in the public schools (a and are not eligible for certification as a school psychologist in the State of Illinois. Applicants who are convicted felons will not be considered for admission to the specialist program in School Psychology.
Click on the link for statistical information for applicants who were admitted. The information is based on grade point averages and GRE General Test scores.
Applicants must complete the online University application and the department's supplemental questions. Click on the link to access the appropriate website.
When you submit your application, it is not immediately available for review by the department. It takes the University approximately 2-3 days to process your application after it is submitted. This processing time might increase during the week of the application deadline.
Applicants must take the GRE General Test and have their scores reported to the University by Educational Testing Service. Applicant should use the institutional code R1319 to have official GRE General Test scores reported to Illinois State.
Applicants must have every college and university where they received course credit (including transferred credit accepted at another school) send an official transcript to Illinois State. Copies of transcripts will not be accepted. TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SENT TO:
Illinois State University
Campus Box 2200
Normal, IL 61790-2200
Applicants may verify receipt of their online University application at www.welcome2isu.ilstu.edu.
Applicants are also encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The application deadline is March 1. This application is for a federal work study award. Work study awards assist the department in reducing the cost of graduate assistants, which provides more funding for graduate students.
For additional information about financial assistance, see the department's Graduate Programs Application website.
Applicants must submit a writing sample that is scholarly work, not a personal statement. The writing sample should be limited to 5-15 pages. The writing sample should be downloaded as part of the University application.
Applicants must submit three Applicant Recommendation Forms to the Department of Psychology. At least one recommendation must be from an individual who is familiar with the applicant's research activities. The Applicant Recommendation Form is an interactive Microsoft Word document that should be completed on the computer.
Applicants should complete Part I of the Recommendation Form and save it as a MS Word file. The saved Recommendation Form should be submitted as an e-mail attachment to the three individuals providing the recommendations.
The individual providing the recommendation should complete Part II, print the Applicant Recommendation Form, and then sign and date it. The completed and signed Recommendation Form should be placed in an envelope. If a separate letter of recommendation is also being provided, the letter should be included in the same envelope with the signed Applicant Recommendation Form. The envelope should be sealed and the signature of the individual providing the recommendation should be written across the envelope flap. The sealed envelope should be returned to the applicant. The applicant should mail the three sealed envelopes to the Department.
The three applicant recommendations should be sent by the applicant to:
Illinois State University
Department of Psychology
Graduate Programs Office
Campus Box 4620
Normal, IL 61790-4620
The application deadline is December 1. All application materials must be received by the University and the department by December 1 for a complete application. Incomplete applications may not be reviewed by the department's Admissions Committee.
Applicants may contact the Graduate Programs Office by e-mail to verify receipt of a complete application. The e-mail should include the applicant's full name and identify the specialist program in School Psychology.
The department generally notifies specialist applicants of its admission offers during March. The department's admission offer will include information about:
The American Psychological Association stipulates that recipients have until April 15 to respond to the department's admission offer.
The University will notify applicants about their admission status into a graduate degree program. Notices are generally distributed from early March to mid-May.
The department routinely awards graduate assistantships to applicants who accept admission to Illinois State. Applicants who accept our admission offer will receive information about completing the assistantship application process. Graduate assistantships are subject to verification of employment eligibility under U.S. immigration laws and the receipt of anticipated state funding.
Applicants may contact the Graduate Programs Office by e-mail to inquire about their admission status, if they have not received an admission offer by April 30.
Any applicant who has accepted admission at another college or university should notify the Graduate Programs Office by e-mail to inform the department of the accepted admission.