Loyola University Chicago

School of Education


EdD in School Psychology

The EdD program of studies consists of a total of 72 graduate semester hours. The program is designed for practicing school psychologists who are interested in obtaining a doctoral degree with a focus in data based decision making and systems change in the schools or a mental health focus providing additional courses to obtain an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) credential. This program is designed as a cohort model with entering students moving through the program together.


Applicants to the EdD program in School Psychology must hold a valid Professional Educator License in IL or hold a school psychology license in another state and be eligible to obtain licensure as a school psychologist in IL (see Admission page for details).

Coursework (72 semester hours)

Courses Taken Across Both Tracks - common Ed.D. core (24 semester hours)

  • CIEP 466: Introduction to Statistics and Research in Applied Settings
  • CIEP 466: Action Research II
  • CIEP 466: Evidence-Based Interventions
  • CIEP 488: Action Research to Improve Teaching & Learning
  • CIEP 526: Assessment of Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Populations
  • CIEP 527: Ethics and the Law for School Psychologists
  • CIEP 545: Advanced System Consultation and School Psychology
                       and Supervision
  • CIEP 548: Family/School/Community Collaboration
  • CIEP 600: Dissertation Supervision

Data-Based Decision Making-Track (12 credits)

  • CIEP 466: Communicating Research Findings
  • RMTD 406: Educational Evaluation
  • RMTD 412: Needs Assessment
  • RMTD 422: Single Case Research Design

Mental Health Track (12 credits)

  • CPSY 424: Career Development & Counseling
  • CPSY 426: Group Counseling: Theory & Practice
  • CPSY 437: Substance Abuse Counseling
  • CPSY 444: Family Therapy I

Transfer credits: Each student will have the opportunity to transfer a maximum of 36 semester hours of previous coursework towards the required 72 semester hours to complete the EdD in School Psychology. Upon being accepted to the EdD program, each student will meet with the School Psychology Program Director to review transcripts to determine which, if any, courses can count toward the EdD program.

Length of Program: Students can complete all coursework in 2 years part-time. Students will take 2 courses each Fall semester of the program and 2 courses each Spring of the program. Students will also take 2 courses each summer. Students will take courses as a cohort; therefore, all courses must be completed within the cohort sequence.

Program Format: The EdD program in School Psychology is a blended program. Students will attend evening class sessions several times during the fall and spring semesters on the Loyola Water Tower Campus in downtown Chicago. During the summer sessions, courses are either fully on campus or are blended with in-person class sessions meeting during the day and/or evening.

Continuous Enrollments: Doctoral students in School Psychology are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies, which means that students must be enrolled in at least one course every semester until all program requirements are completed. A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the School of Education's Associate Dean.

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:

  • August 1 for December conferral      
  • December 1 for May conferral
  • February 1 for August conferral

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 is required for a subsequent semester.

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