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Typical Ph.D. Program of Study

Although each student’s final program of courses will be individualized, a sample Ph.D. program of study is provided below. Other significant program milestones are also noted with an *. Please check Appendix F for the TLSE and ETR course rotation BEFORE planning your schedule. 

Fall Semester 1:

PSYC 604 - Advanced Psychological Statistics 
PSYC 639 - Professional School Psychology
PSYC 640 - Theory and Assessment of Intellectual Functioning 
ETR 534 - Dynamic Assessment for Students with High Incidence Disabilities
PSYC 690 - Psychological Research

*Work with research mentor on thesis ideas*Complete doctoral program of courses form

Spring Semester 1:

PSYC 606 - Experimental Design
PSYC 611 - Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 646 - Psychological Assessment (Social/Emotional) (EVEN years) OR 
PSYC 648 - Consultative Interventions (ODD years)
PSYC 653 - First Year Practicum 
PSYC 690 - Psychological Research

*ISPA conference
*NASP conference
*Take/pass ISBE Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) test (if necessary)
*Continue thesis development

Summer Semester 1:
 
PSYC 699 - Thesis

Choose 1 of the following classes, depending on course availability (Appendix F)
TLSE 560 - Functional Analysis 
TLSE 562 - Curricular and Instructional Design and Adaptation for Inclusive Settings OR
TLSE 563 - Methods for Teaching Students with Emotional Dist.

*Complete second-year Competency Exam (August)*APA conference

Fall Semester 2:

PSYC 665 - Behavioral Development 
PSYC 647 - Interventions with Children & Their Families
PSYC 653 - Second Year Practicum
PSYC 699 - Thesis
PSYC 690 - Psychological Research

*Thesis should be proposed by the end of the semester

Spring Semester 2:

PSYC 646 - Psychological Assessment (Social/Emotional) (EVEN years) OR 
PSYC 648 - Consultative Interventions (ODD years)
PSYC 653 - Second Year Practicum
PSYC 676 - Social Personality Development 
PSYC 699 - Thesis
PSYC 690 - Psychological Research

*ISPA conference*NASP conference

Summer Semester 2:

PSYC 699 - Thesis

Choose 1 of the following classes, depending on course availability (Appendix F)
TLSE 560 - Functional Analysis 
TLSE 562 - Curricular and Instructional Design and Adaptation for Inclusive Settings OR
TLSE 563 - Methods for Teaching Students with Emotional Dist.

*APA conference

Fall Semester 3:

PSYC 645 - Child Psychopathology
PSYC 653 - Ph.D. Practicum
PSYC 699 - Thesis
PSYC 690 - Psychological Research
TLSE 560, 562, 563 or Cognate Course

Spring Semester 3:

PSYC 528 - History 
Psychology Tool Course
PSYC 653 - Ph. D. Practicum
PSYC 699 - Thesis
PSYC 690 - Psychological Research

*ISPA conference
*NASP conference
*Candidacy exam
*Must take/pass ISBE School Psychology Content Exam before second semester of internship begins

Summer Semester 3:

Psychology Tool Course
PSYC 699 - Thesis

Choose 1 of the following classes, depending on course availability (Appendix F)

TLSE 560 - Functional Analysis 
TLSE 562 - Curricular and Instructional Design and Adaptation for Inclusive Settings OR
TLSE 563 - Methods for Teaching Students with Emotional Dist. 

*Candidacy exam
*Start working on AAPI application
*APA conference

Fall Semester 4:

PSYC 603 - Biopsychology 
Psychology Tool Course
PSYC 799 - Dissertation
PSYC 653 - Practicum
PSYC 690 - Psychological Research

*Complete AAPI Application for Internship by Dec 1

Spring Semester 4:

TLSE course
Cognate Course
PSYC 799 - Dissertation
PSYC 653 - Practicum
PSYC 690 - Psychological Research

*Internship interviews at ISPA (January)
*NASP conference*ISPA conference
*Must take/pass ISBE School Psychology Content Exam before internship begins

Summer Semester 4:

PSYC 799 - Dissertation

*APA conference*Students doing a 12-month internship must be registered the summer they are doing internship (this summer or the next summer).

Fall Semester 5: 

PSYC 656 - Internship
PSYC 799 - Dissertation

* Internship site visits (Fall)* On-campus intern meetings (Fall)

Spring Semester 5:

PSYC 656 - Internship
PSYC 799 - Dissertation

* Internship site visits (Spring)* On-campus intern meetings (Spring)* Complete portfolio*Obtain Illinois Certification for School Psychology
*Graduation

Summer Semester 5:

*If necessary, students should register for internship credits or dissertation credits until both are complete.

In addition to the content related courses and required practica, students also enroll in PSYC 690: Psychological Research during each semester they are in the program.  PSYC 690 is designed to develop students' research and professional skills related to their areas of specialty, and is graded on a satisfactory - unsatisfactory basis. During Internship, students only register for 690 if they have not yet proposed their dissertation.

The student's assigned faculty mentor will provide ongoing advisement regarding necessary course work, practicum experiences, and certification requirements.