Western Illinois University: Macomb Campus
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“The rigorous schedule challenges each student to begin using techniques and theories immediately after learning the material. I felt head and shoulders above my colleagues in preparedness and understanding of such important topics as assessment, diagnostics, and ethics.” – Lindsay Harms, MS, LCPC
- Master's Degree
Specialist Degree in School Psychology
The Psychology Department offers work leading to a Master of Science degree in the areas of clinical/community mental health and general experimental psychology, and a Specialist degree in school psychology.
Why Psychology at WIU?
WIU’s Department of Psychology has 24 full-time faculty, all with doctoral degrees from major universities, ensuring that every course is taught by someone who has extensive training in psychology.Psychology faculty also maintain active research programs in their disciplines.Their specializations and research interests cover such varied topics as personality, social and cognitive psychology, school and clinical psychology, and neuroscience.Much of this research is carried out with student collaboration.At any given time there are approximately 50 graduate students in the department.
Specialist Degree in School Psychology
The School Psychology Program has full approval from the National Association of School Psychologists.This approval allows students to sit for the Praxis exam to obtain the Nationally Certified School Psychologist credential with a passing exam score.Our current curriculum meets the requirements for certification as a School Psychologist through the Illinois State Board of Education.Students can sit for the Illinois Professional Certification Exam (Type 73), which leads to this certification at the conclusion of the School Psychology Program.Students from the program have a perfect (100%) passing rate.
Four of the Department’s faculty have primary affiliation with the School Psychology Program and include certified school psychologists who have a wealth of experience.These faculty members provide extensive supervision for students in their coursework and through the practicum experiences spread over the first two years.Faculty also monitor completion of internships for students.
The Department houses the Psycho-Educational Clinic that provides assessment services to children at a nominal fee.Graduate students receive supervision as they complete challenging assessment cases.The assessment services include an initial meeting, assessment of the referral concerns, a concluding meeting, and a professionally prepared assessment report.
Master's Degree Options
Clinical/Community Mental Health
Established in 1972, the Clinical/Community Mental Health (C/CMH) program’s mission is to provide students with the knowledge and intellectual and clinical skills that will enable them to provide quality mental health services in a variety of treatment settings and to continue to develop professionally.Through its combination of challenging, stimulating coursework and intensive, supervised clinical experience, the C/CMH program reflects the richness of the field our graduates enter.
General Experimental Psychology
The General Experimental Psychology program is designed to provide graduate education in the content areas of experimental psychology in order to prepare for doctoral work or for Master’s level careers.The program is designed for students interested in pursuing academic careers as well as those seeking careers in applied and research settings.
- Specialist in School Psychology
- Cumulative: 2.75 or
- Last 2 years: N/A
- Goals Statement
- Three Letters of Recommendation
Interesting Facts: Fall 2012
- Currently enrolled: 67
- International: 3
- Minority: 7
- Male: 27
- Female: 40
- Students with Assistantships: 42