Department of Psychology at Illinois State University

Important Deadlines

Specialist trainees are responsible for reviewing and following the current Specialist Policies and Procedures and the Forms Manual. See the Specialist Program's Forms and Manual website to download the forms that are identified in the Specialist Policies and Procedures. The yearly designations are offered as a suggested guide; specific dates are required deadlines.

First Year

  • Before the start of the fall semester, complete a physical examination and a criminal background check that may require fingerprinting; submit the results to the program coordinator
  • By September 1, complete and submit the First Year Fieldwork/Practicum Agreement to the program coordinator
  • By September 1, complete and submit the Graduate Assistant Health Insurance Certification form to the Graduate Programs Office
  • By September 1, complete and submit the Professional Practice Insurance Coverage form and Professional Practice Health Insurance Certification for to the Graduate Programs Office
  • By September 15, complete and submit the Applied Research Experience in School Psychology form to the program coordinator (if you selected the research option instead of completing a master's thesis)
  • By October 31, complete the Illinois Ethics Online Training (mandatory for graduate assistants)
  • By January 31, complete and submit the Graduate Assistant Health Insurance Certification form to the Graduate Programs Office
  • By January 31, complete and submit the Professional Practice Insurance Coverage form and Professional Practice Health Insurance Certification form to the Graduate Programs Office
  • During the spring semester,register for the Graduate Research Symposium and present a poster reflecting your research results (if you selected the research option instead of completing a master's thesis)
  • By April 15, complete and submit the Specialist Program Annual Feedback form to the Graduate Programs Office
  • By August 15, complete the Illinois State Board of Education's Test of Academic Proficiency

Second Year

  • By September 1, complete and submit the PSY 436.04 Psychoeducational Practicum Contract to the program coordinator
  • By September 1, complete and submit the Graduate Assistant Health Insurance Certification form to the Graduate Programs Office
  • By September 1, complete and submit the Professional Practice Insurance Coverage form and the Professional Practice Health Insurance Certification form to the Graduate Programs Office
  • By October 31, complete the Illinois Ethics Online Training (mandatory for graduate assistants)
  • By January 31, complete and submit the Graduate Assistant Health Insurance Certification form to the Graduate Programs Office
  • By January 31, complete and submit the Professional Practice Insurance Coverage form and the Professional Practice Health Insurance Certification form to the Graduate Programs Office
  • By January 31, complete and submit the Illinois State Board of Education’s Notification of School Service Personnel Intern Eligibility Status form to the program coordinator
  • By February 15 or sooner, obtain approval of your thesis proposal from your Thesis Committee (if you selected the master's thesis option instead of applied research)
  • By April 15, complete and submit the Specialist Program Annual Feedback form to the Graduate Programs Office
  • By May 15, complete and submit the Graduate School's Master's Degree Audit to the program coordinator
  • By August 15, complete the Illinois State Board of Education's School Psychology Content Area Test

Third Year (internship)

  • By September 1, complete and submit the specialist Internship Agreement to the University internship supervisor
  • By September 1, complete and submit the Specialist Internship Plan and Evaluation to the University Internship supervisor
  • By September 1, complete and submit the Professional Practice Insurance Coverage form and Professional Practice Health Insurance Certification form to the Graduate Programs Office
  • By December 1, complete and submit the Intent to File for Certification form to the program coordinator
  • By December 1, update and submit the Specialist Internship Plan and Evaluation with the mid-year evaluation to the University internship supervisor
  • By January 31, complete and submit the Professional Practice Insurance Coverage form and the Professional Practice Health Insurance Certification form to the Graduate Programs Office
  • By April 15, complete and submit the Specialist Program Annual Feedback form to the Graduate Programs Office
  • By May 1, update and submit the Specialist Internship Plan and Evaluation with the summative evaluation to the University internship supervisor