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Loyola University Chicago

School of Education


Ph.D. in School Psychology

Degree Requirements

Total Hours: 99
Practicum: Required
Comprehensive: Culminating Portfolio & Written Minor Examinations
Dissertation: Required 

Length of Program:
This is a full-time program. Students complete the course work for the program in four years including summers. Time for degree completion, including the dissertation is six years. (See GA&S Policy: Time Limit for Completion of Degree Requirements)

Continuous Enrollments
Doctoral students in School Psychology are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies. (See GA&S Policy: Academic Standing – Continuous Registration) This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each student must enroll in at least one course.

Candidates in all programs leading to Illinois certification are required to pass an Illinois State Criminal Background Check.

Curriculum Plan:
The doctoral program of studies consists of a total of 99 graduate semester hours. The first year of the program includes a professional orientation course that focuses on the development of an academic and research plan. Field-based experiences begin the first year of study through service-learning projects. During the second year of study, the student is placed in a practicum setting two full days a week. During the third year of study, the student completes a two-semester clerkship in an applied research or clinical setting, based upon the student's area of specialization as well as the completion of an advanced clinical practicum.

The culminating field experience is a one calendar year, full-time, APPIC-approved internship. Culminating experiences in the program include a performance-based School Psychology Doctoral Program Culminating Portfolio and a dissertation. If the student has a master's degree, a maximum of 36 graduate semester hours may be transferred from another college or university. A minimum of 63 hours of graduate-level coursework for the program must be completed at Loyola.

Students should present transcript evidence of successful completion ("B" or better) of the following two courses, or their equivalent.  Students may be admitted who have not taken one or more of these courses, but such students must complete them prior to beginning Fall classes.

Responsible conduct in research and scholarship

Coursework (99 semester hours)

Scientific/Professional Ethics and Standards (9 semester hours)

Research Methodology (15 semester hours)

 Biological Bases of Behavior (3 semester hours)

Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior (6 semester hours)

Social-Cultural Bases of Behavior (3 semester hours)

Diversity/Individual Differences (6 semester hours)

Data Based Decision Making (6 semester hours)

Assessment and Intervention (15 semester hours)

Consultations (6 semester hours)

In-Depth Consultation, Prevention and Interventions Concentration (6 semester hours)

Specialty Area of Concentration (6 semester hours)

In consultation with your academic advisor, select one of the following as an area of advanced study:

This area of study is completed with a three-hour school psychology specialty practicum.

Practicum Courses (9 semester hours)

Ph.D. Level Internship (9 semester hours)

Completion of a 2000 hour internship under the direction of a certified school psychologist for a minimum of nine months:

Comprehensive Assessment

Doctoral students complete their major comprehensive examinations prior to accepting an internship and typically during the third year of study. Notify your academic advisor by September 1st in the year that you plan on taking comprehensive exams. Your academic advisor will then work with your program to approve you to take comprehensive exams. This approval process will involve a transcript review and a discussion with program faculty that you are ready to move to this stage within the program. Once approved for comprehensive examinations, closely follow the required guidelines found within the program handbook. The procedures for grading comprehensive examinations, notifying students of their status, and any necessary procedures for remediation are found in the program handbook. Your program director enters the results of your comprehensive examinations on the graduate school database, and you will receive written notification as to your results.

Due Dates for Major Comprehensive Portfolio:

Written minor examination dates: (varies based on minor)


Degree Conferral
While the commencement ceremony is every May, degrees can be conferred May, August, and December. Students must apply for graduation/degree conferral. Students should apply for graduation in the semester they anticipate completing all degree requirements. Failure to meet application deadlines may result in a delay of the conferral of the degree to the following semester. Applications for Degree Conferral are due:

Please note the degree conferral application is valid for only one semester. If the degree is not conferred for the semester requested, a new application and fee are required for a subsequent semester.


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