Have a profound impact on students' learning and development.

School psychologists help meet the academic, social-emotional, and mental health needs of children and families in Illinois and across the nation. Governors State’s Specialist in School Psychology program equips you to deliver a continuum of direct and indirect services to children, families, educators, and administrators as you enhance student learning and promote safe, healthy school climates. You will learn to meet the needs of children, from early childhood through young adulthood.

The School Psychology program is grounded in the scientist-practitioner model—a training model that provides graduate students with a strong research foundation—and emphasizes school-based service delivery that is empirically supported, data driven, and culturally competent.

Reach Your Career Goals

As a graduate of the School Psychology program, you will have achieved both a Psychology M.A. and a School Psychology Ed.S. Upon program completion, you will be eligible to apply for practice in Illinois.

Why become a School Psychologist?

The median national salary for full-time School Psychologists was $74,000 during the 2019-2020 school year.
(Goforth, Farmer, Kim, Affrunti, Naser, & Lockwood, 2021 as cited on https://nasponline.org)

Map of USA Regional Salaries for School Psychologists

(Image Source: National Association of School Psychologists)

Delivery Format

Achieve your Ed.S. in four years. Governors State’s 68 credit-hour School Psychology Training Program is a part-time, cohort-based, dual degree program. Upon completion, students will earn both a Master of Arts (M.A.) and an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in School Psychology. 

Now Accepting a Second Round of Applications for Fall 2024!

You may still have time to apply. Additional applications for the Fall 2024 cohort will be accepted until all slots are full. For more information, contact Dr. Shaalein Lopez (slopez5@govst.edu) or Professor Bonnie Dickey (bdickey@govst.edu), or start your application here https://apply.govst.edu/apply/.


 Information Sessions

Virtual Information Sessions are held periodically prior to the priority application deadline. Though this season's scheduled information sessions have passed, we welcome you to contact Dr. Shaalein Lopez (slopez5@govst.edu) or Professor Bonnie Dickey (bdickey@govst.edu) for more information about our School Psychology program. 


Make a difference, become a school psychologist!

School psychologists are in high demand! In its 2023 listing, U.S. News & World Report ranked "School Psychologist" as the 3rd best Social Service Job in the United States.


Program Coordinators

Shaalein Carroll Lopez, Ph.D.


Shaalein Carroll Lopez, Ph.D., NCSP
Co-coordinator, School Psychology Program
Assistant Professor
Office: G313


Bonnie Dickey


Bonnie M. Dickey, Ed.S.
Co-coordinator, School Psychology Program
University Lecturer, Senior Status
Office: G323


Student Testimonials

Regina Brock

Being a part of GovState's School Psych program means so much to me! Since being here, I have been able to learn from the best professors, work alongside supportive classmates, and explore educational opportunities. I know that the knowledge and the connections I have made here will set me up for success in the future. I am happy that I chose GovState for my graduate school experience!

Regina Brock

Tatimah Cheatom

My learning experience in the program has been Amazing! I am grateful for the lasting connections I’ve made in my cohort. The professors and staff at GovState truly care about equipping students with the tools they need to be successful in the program and field.

Tatimah Cheatom

Yadira Bustamante

I appreciate the time and effort that GovState professors, administrators, and staff dedicate to preparing competent, conscious, and skillful specialists in the field of school psychology. GovState’s School Psychology program transformed my liking for this profession into a passion for becoming an exceptional and distinguished school psychologist.

Yadira Bustamante