Department of Psychology

Specialist Program in School Psychology

Fast Facts about the Specialist in School Psychology Program:

  • The Program has been in existence since 1968 and has graduated approximately 385 students.
  • Fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) since 1995.
  • The program focuses on training school psychologists to work in rural areas of Illinois and surrounding states; however, alumni are employed in rural, suburban, and urban school districts and special education cooperatives throughout the state and country.
  • The majority of first year students receive graduate assistantship positions in the psychology department. The majority of second year students receive graduate assistantship positions across campus in other departments or with external district contracts.
  • Practicum experiences in local schools during the first and second year.

Each year, the deadline for priority admission consideration is February 1st

Where are we in the application process?

Applications are now open for Fall 2023 admissions. Click here to apply!

Information Session to be held on Wednesday, November 16th from 3-4pm 

Waggoner Hall 171 or via Zoom (please email for link)


Application Requirements

  • Complete School of Graduate Studies application (
  • Submit all official undergraduate transcripts, cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher or GPA of 3.0 for last two years (60 semester hours) of undergraduate work.
  • Submit resume or vita.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Brief personal statement (description of educational training and future career plan).
  • GRE is no longer required
  • Pre-requisites: 15 semester hours of psychology coursework (approximately 4 classes) including introductory psychology and statistics or research method courses. Contact us with questions on this for courses that may count or to review prior experiences.


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WIU School Psychology Class of 2016