Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

EdS in School Psychology (MEd/EdS)

Overview

The MEd/EdS dual-degree program in School Psychology prepares students to become an integral part of educating children and supporting parents and staff in schools as school psychologists. The program of study is a nationally approved program aligned with the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) domains and Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) School Psychology Standards. Graduates of the EdS program will also have a working knowledge of the NASP training standards and will be eligible to become Nationally Certified School Psychologists (NCSPs). 

All students are admitted to the combined MEd/EdS program. An MEd degree in Educational Psychology is earned after the first year of study, leading to entrance to the EdS portion of the program. 

Program benefits

  • Earn degrees in both educational psychology (MEd) and school psychology (EdS) for greater career mobility.
  • Attain eligibility for credentialing as a licensed school psychologist.
  • Complete the program in as few as 3 years.
  • Gain real-world professional experience in diverse settings through one-year internship.

Program outcomes

  • Understand psychology, including such areas as the biological basis of behavior, learning, development, and social and individual differences. 
  • Understand cultural diversity and implement services in a socially just manner. 
  • Understand problems associated with the physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and educational development of exceptional children and youth. 
  • Understand the profession of school psychology including the history, roles, and functions; the place of the school psychologist within the overall context of the school; and contemporary problems and issues facing the profession. 
  • Conduct psychological and educational assessment including a special focus on issues related to non-biased assessment of minorities and/or culturally diverse students.
  • Conduct individual and group counseling skills and preventive mental health consultative procedures.
  • Conduct individual and team-based consultation in school-based settings. 
  • Interpret educational-psychological research and apply research findings and procedures to instructional programming and mental health service delivery.

Explore the program

The School Psychology Program Distinguished Alumnus/a Award is awarded for outstanding contributions to the profession and the school. It is presented annually at the School of Education’s Fall Alumni Reception.

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