Winter Admission Option
The School Psychology Training Program at GSU is currently accepting
applications for Spring 2017 admission. For academic year 2016-17, prospective
students have the option of a January start date! If School Psychology is your
passion, you should be here! Now is a great time to explore and prepare for a
challenging new professional journey and a rewarding career in the field of
School Psychology. Call now for more information.
Q: When is the
application deadline for Spring 2017 admission?
A: Applications are being accepted now
until Thursday, November 10, 2016.
Q: What materials must I
submit for admission consideration?
A: Applicants should submit an online application, a
statement of character, an essay, three personal references, official
transcripts, the GRE, documentation of writing proficiency, and documentation
of basic competency. Applicants who are missing an admission requirement or a
prerequisite class can petition for a conditional admission. Additional details
can be found at www.govst.edu/schoolpsych
Q: When would classes
A: Applicants admitted for Spring
2017 would begin classes on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.
Q: How many classes will
I take each semester?
A: New students can expect to take
three evening classes for the Spring and Summer of 2017.
Q: Where can I get more
A: Please contact the Program
Coordinator, Dr. Tasha Banks, at (708) 534-4991 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To ensure that students are prepared for advanced coursework, the following prerequisites must be completed with a grade of "B" or better prior to admission (GSU courses are in parentheses):
- Developmental Psychology (PSYC
- Abnormal Psychology (PSYC
- Cognitive, Behavioral, or
Educational Psychology (PSYC 3520, PSYCH 4524, or EDUC 4440)
- Research Methods (PSYC 4750)
- Statistics for the Social
Sciences (STAT 2100, STAT 4720, or MATH 2100)
- Foundations of Education (EDUC
- Foundations of Special
Education (SPED 4100, or SPED 2100)
- Writing for Psychology (PSYC
3102, evaluation, or 4.5 on analytical writing section of GRE)
Admission to the program occurs annually (Fall only). Complete admissions packets are accepted February 1st through April 1st. Meeting or exceeding the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee admission to the program. Incomplete application packets will NOT be reviewed for admission. The minimum criteria for admission are as follows:
1. University Application for Admission. Click here to apply online.
2. $50 application fee.
3. One set of official (unopened) transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. Applicants must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
4. Proof of having taken the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) within five years of intended admission. Applicants are recommended to have GRE combined scores of 316 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections (or a combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 1050 if taken prior to August 2011); and 4.5 on the analytical writing section.
5. Evidence of satisfactory professional writing and analysis by one of the following:
a. A grade of "B" or higher in PSYC 3102 (Thinking and Writing in Psychology) or its equivalent; or
b. A score of 4.5 or higher on the Analytical Writing section of the GRE General test.
Note: Applicants not meeting this criterion may have to complete PSYC 3102 or its equivalent prior to or upon admission to the program.
6. An essay outlining the applicant’s purpose in seeking a specialist degree in School Psychology and long-term goals.
7. Personal Reference Forms from three professionals/professors who can attest to the applicant’s academic and/or professional capabilities. (click here to download the form)
8. Completed Statement of Character Form. (click here to download the form)
9. Proof of basic competency met by one of the following:
a. Official evidence of having passed the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) of the Illinois Certification Testing System;
b. Official ACT Plus Writing score report demonstrating a composite score of at least 22;
c. Official SAT score report demonstrating a composite (mathematics and critical reading) score of at least 1030;
Note: The writing subtest must have been taken for the ACT or SAT; however, the writing score is not included in the composite score requirement for either test. To verify and submit your ACT/SAT score report to the State of Illinois, please contact Renee Zdych, Certification Officer at GSU, at email@example.com.
d. Official evidence of having passed the previous Illinois Basic Skills Test (300, 400 or 096) within 10 years.
Note: If the applicant holds a valid Illinois Educator Certificate or License and the Illinois Basic Skills test was previously passed for this issuance, the TAP/ACT/SAT test will not be required. In this case, the applicant would need to supply an official copy of their Illinois Educator Certificate or License as verification.
Additional Admission Requirements:
In addition to submitting the elements above for
admissions consideration, applicants must:
1. Complete the specified prerequisite
coursework (see below) with a grade of "B" or better. If these are
not completed at the time of admission, they must be completed prior to
attaining candidacy or taking courses for which they are prerequisite;
2. Complete an admission’s interview (if
3. Pass an Illinois State Criminal Background
check (only applicants approved to interview will need to complete this step).
Prospective students can apply
for admission between February 1 – April 1. The program will not review any application for admission consideration until all required documentation is received. Please carefully
review admission requirements or contact the Program Coordinator to ensure your admission packet is complete. Applicants
are also notified by email if admission items are missing.
The application deadline for Fall 2017 admission is April 1, 2017. Please submit
admission materials to:
School Psychology Training Program (G-313)
1 University Parkway
University Park, Illinois 60484