Loyola University Chicago

School of Education


PhD in School Psychology

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.

  • Exceptional Child (CIEP 339)
  • Any Introduction to Statistics course OR Test Measurements (CIEP 487) 

Responsible conduct in research and scholarship

Coursework (99 semester hours)

Scientific/Professional Ethics and Standards (9 semester hours)

  • CIEP 462: Professional School Psychology
  • CIEP 410: Legal Issues: Educational Disabilities
  • CIEP 550: Seminar in School and Educational Psychology
  • CIEP 533: Proseminar in Educational Psychology / School Psychology (non-credit)

Research Methodology (15 semester hours)

  • RMTD 420: Educational Research I: Building a Body of Evidence Using Qualitative Methods
  • RMTD 421: Educational Research II: Building a Body of Evidence Using Quantitative Methods 
  • Three additional courses selected in conjunction with the student's academic advisor

 Biological Bases of Behavior (3 semester hours)

  • CIEP 484: Biological Foundations of Behavior in Schools

Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior (6 semester hours)

  • Electives

Social-Cultural Bases of Behavior (3 semester hours)

  • CPSY 433: Counseling Special Populations

Diversity/Individual Differences (6 semester hours)

  • ELPS 432: Multiculturalism for Social Justice in Higher Education 
  • CIEP 413: Psychopathology of Children and Adolescents

Data Based Decision Making (6 semester hours)

  • CIEP 477: Academic Assessments and Interventions
  • CIEP 519: Data Based Decision Making

Assessment and Intervention (15 semester hours)

  • CIEP 480: Assessment of School Age Children and Adults
  • CIEP 481: Assessment of Infant and Preschool Children
  • CIEP 482: Personality Assessment
  • CIEP 485: Social, Emotional, Behavioral Assessments and Interventions
  • CPSY 423: Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

Consultations (6 semester hours)

  • CIEP 479: School-Based Consultation
  • CIEP 545: Advanced Systems Consultation and School Psychology Supervision

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

  • CIEP 525: Leading for Social Justice
  • CIEP 544: School Crisis Prevention and Intervention Strategies

Specialty Area of Concentration (6 semester hours)

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

  • curriculum and instruction
  • mental health in the schools
  • assessment/neuropsychology
  • research methodology
  • administration and supervision

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

Practicum Courses (9 semester hours)

  • CIEP 461: Practicum in School Psychology I
  • CIEP 463: Practicum in School Psychology II
  • CIEP 546: School Psychology Specialty Practicum
  • CIEP 547: PhD Clerkship (non-credit)

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:

  • CIEP 586: School Psychology Internship - 2 semesters and 1 Summer Session

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. 

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

  • Enroll in one of the following:
    • At least one course OR
    • CIEP 499 - Directed Research OR
    • CIEP 610 - Doctoral Studies (maximum enrollment two semesters) OR
    • CIEP 600 - Dissertation Supervision
  • A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the Graduate School's Associate Dean.

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

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:

  • Initial Components:  October 1 (of year 4 or internship year)
  • Clinical Components:  February 1 (of year 4 or internship year)

Written minor examination dates: (varies based on minor; consult with advisor)

Dissertation: A dissertation and oral defense is required. For documents, see the Forms page.

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 and fee are required for a subsequent semester.


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