School Psychology MEd/EdS

About the MEd/EdS in School Psychology at Loyola

Learn to confront the inequities of our education system and to advocate for the best interest of students and their families through the MEd/EdS in School Psychology at Loyola University Chicago.

The education specialist degree in school psychology is a dual degree between a master's degree and a doctoral degree. Our program stands out because it emphasizes equity and social justice. It is especially ideal for future school psychologists who want to work in urban environments.

Through the school psychologist degree, you will have the opportunity to work alongside Loyola faculty on issues of disproportionality and 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 pursued full time or part time. Classes are held weekday evenings at Loyola's Water Tower Campus, conveniently located off the Red Line in the heart of Chicago, and the majority of the courses are also offered online.

If you have a bachelor's degree, you will be admitted to 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 give PK-12 students the academic, behavioral, and mental health support they need to thrive.

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 dual-licensed clinical and school psychologists and all of are faculty are licensed school psychologists..

You will work alongside faculty on research focused on equity in mental health, discipline policy, early childhood, family collaboration, consultation, and giving voice to historically underrepresented communities that have not had the opportunities they deserve.

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

The school psychologist degree at Loyola is conditionally 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 disrupt 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.


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 $65340.00, or 66 credit hours at a cost of $990.00 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 Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the School Psychology MEd/EdS are listed below. We encourage you to apply early as decisions may take longer during busy periods.

Fall: November 15

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the School Psychology MEd/EdS include:

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

  • 3.0 Minimum GPA

  • Interview for Admission

  • Personal Statement

Personal Statement 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.

International Student Requirements

Additional information regarding the application process for international students can be found on the International Student Requirements page.

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