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School Psychology Graduate Degree

Ed.S. in School Psychology

National Louis University’s School Psychology graduate program prepares professionals with all credentials necessary to work as school psychologists in Illinois or other states, and to become Nationally Certified School Psychologists. Candidates will earn an Educational Specialist degree (Ed.S.) and be eligible for the Illinois Professional Education License (PEL) endorsement for school support personnel after completing a full-time 9-month internship during their 3rd year in the program. The Education Specialist degree is for those who want to help students and schools thrive through use of research-based academic, mental health, and positive behavior support assessment, prevention and intervention practices.

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Consider the school psychology graduate program at NLU if you want to:

  • Make a lasting and positive difference in the lives of students and their families
  • Provide mental health and positive behavior support services in schools, improving school safety and climate
  • Work with teachers, administrators and families to support academic and social-emotional development through active and early intervention
  • Model the innovative use of evidence-based practices delivered in a Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS/RTI)
  • Have a school-based practicum experience each quarter to translate learning into real life experiences
  • Attend a program in which small class sizes taught by four professors over a 3-year period ensures mentorship and supports collaboration with classmates


  • Research-based academic and behavior/mental health practices, including assessment, and prevention and early intervention knowledge and skills that make a difference for all students, and especially students at risk
  • Instructional and behavioral consultation skills to work with teachers, administrators, and parents to improve achievement and provide mental health services, improve school climate, and support healthy families
  • How to support implementation of a Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) as a contemporary model of school practice

National Louis University’s School Psychology Program is one of three programs in the Chicago area approved and nationally recognized by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and one of only eight accredited programs in Illinois. Graduates are eligible for National Certification as a School Psychologist (NCSP) by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Designed for students from recent undergraduates to working professionals, this 3-year program enables NLU school psychology students to take courses in the evening with small groups of peers and with faculty who are recognized experts in evidence-based practices with extensive national and local reputations. School-based and family intervention practices are embedded in each course, with a Year 1 Practicum of 1 day per week and 2 days per week of more independent practice in Year 2. A culminating full-time 9-month internship with a stipend forms the basis for Year 3. Based on recent exit and alumni surveys graduates are gainfully employed and many have moved into leadership positions in their districts and communities.

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Since 1886 the National College of Education at National Louis, a private nonprofit university, has trained educators to serve in classrooms, schools, and school systems. NLU has a distinguished record of innovation in immersive field-based training for educators, and was home to pioneering movements recognizing the vital role of family and community in education, including the universal kindergarten movement and the progenitor of the Parent-Teacher Association. NLU is proud to continue this legacy of holistic child development in its School Psychology program. NLU’s National College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

According to US News and World Report, employment as a school psychologist again was named as one of the best careers and employment opportunities are predicted to continue to grow further over the next decade. Based on recent exit surveys, 100% of NLU School Psychology students have received competitive internships and all of our graduates who sought jobs are employed. Graduates often move into district leadership roles (e.g., supervisors, specialized district coaches, directors of special education, principals) as they gain school experience.

In addition to National College of Education Graduate Admissions Requirements, applicants must:

  • Submit a personal statement describing their interest in school psychology as a profession and how the NLU School Psychology Program helps them accomplish their career goals.
  • Submit at least two letters of recommendation, which are academic in nature, regarding the applicant's capacity for graduate work
  • Submit a professional resume or curriculum vitae describing relevant educational background and work experiences
  • Students without evidence of passing the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or ISBE - approved alternative may be admitted but must pass the TAP within the first year of the program

All applicants must meet NLU's general admission requirements as well as additional requirements specific to this program. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at

Get more information today about enrolling in one of NLU's degree programs. Connect with an Enrollment Specialist or call 888.NLU.TODAY (888-658-8632).

Please note: The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) may change the state licensure and endorsement requirements at any time and without prior notice. Teacher candidates will be bound by the requirements in place when applying for licensure, not by the licensure requirements in place when beginning their program. That is, the state may specify that a new regulation is immediately applicable to all candidates with no provisions made for candidates who began their work on licensure under different regulations.



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