School Psychology MEd/EdS

About the MEd/EdS in School Psychology at Loyola

Develop the competencies necessary to practice as a school psychologist through the MEd/EdS in School Psychology at Loyola University Chicago. Learn to advocate for the academic, behavioral, and mental health needs of students and their families within the education system. 

The education specialist degree in school psychology prepares students to become nationally certified school psychologists. You will develop competencies in all ten domains of the National Association of School Psychology (NASP) domains of practice. Our program emphasizes the role of school psychologists in promoting equity and social justice and prepares students to work in urban environments.

As a student in our program, you will have the opportunity to work alongside Loyola faculty on topics including discipline disproportionality, school mental health, student identity development, and you will learn how to provide fair, just, and equitable distribution of service for all students.

You will also learn to collaborate with educators, parents, and community members and to provide high-quality and effective academic, behavioral, and mental health support to PK-12 students.

Program Structure

The MEd/EdS in School Psychology can be completed in 3 years full-time. Classes are held during the day at Loyola's Water Tower Campus. Additionally, students participate in a school-based practicum one day per week during year one, two days during year two, and have a full-time internship during year three. The Water Tower Campus is conveniently located off the Red Line in the heart of Chicago.

A bachelor's degree is required for admission into the combined MEd/EdS program. You may also transfer in a maximum of six graduate semester hours. After your first year of study at Loyola University Chicago, you will earn a Master of Education and gain entry into the EdS in School Psychology portion of the program.

To earn this school psychologist degree, you must complete 66 semester hours, including a full-time internship and two comprehensive portfolio examinations. No thesis is required.

Why Choose Loyola for the MEd/EdS in School Psychology?

Through this school psychology degree at Loyola University Chicago, you will be prepared to support PK-12 students' academic, behavioral, and mental health development so they can thrive in school.

Emphasis on equity and social justice

You will prepare to become a school psychologist who can bring about transformative educational experiences through a program that emphasizes equity and social justice.

You will learn from dedicated faculty with a range of clinical and research expertise. Our faculty includes licensed school psychologists and clinical psychologists. 

Faculty in this program conduct research that is focused on equity in mental health, discipline policy, early childhood development, family collaboration, school consultation, and other scholarship that advances social justice in education.

You will benefit from our location in Chicago, where you can gain real-world experience through practicum and internship field experiences in public and Catholic schools in the area.

The school psychology specialist degree at Loyola is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). It also aligns with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) School Psychology Standards.

You will be prepared to become a leader in the educational community with the knowledge and ability to recognize social inequities and promote change within the education system.

Through the Loyola Association of School Psychologists, you will be mentored by students who are more advanced in the school psychology program. This student organization also offers events, including fundraising for charitable organizations.

Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the School of Education faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the School Psychology MEd/EdS program.

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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the School Psychology MEd/EdS program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide School Psychology MEd/EdS learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the School Psychology MEd/EdS totals $67650.00, or 66 credit hours at a cost of $1,025.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

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More information about financial aid opportunities can be found on the Financial Aid Office website.

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Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the School Psychology MEd/EdS are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Fall: November 15

Please note that applications are not reviewed until the deadline passes. Decisions are made about interviews in early December, interviews are conducted in January, and offers are made shortly after.

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the School Psychology MEd/EdS include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

  • 3.0 Minimum GPA

  • Interview for Admission

  • Resume/CV

  • Statement of Purpose

Please note that applications are reviewed in November and December, and interviews take place in January.

Statement of Purpose Details

Your statement should be 1-3 pages and describe your academic and research interests, professional goals, and life experiences that have influenced your view of social justice.

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Official documents should be sent by the institution to gradapp@luc.edu.

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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