School Psychology Program Information

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Western Illinois University

Updated: 01/16/2023

Department of Psychology
1 University Circle, Waggoner Hall
Macomb, IL 61455

Program Director: Leigh Ann Fisler


Program Website:

* Western Illinois University has been training school psychologists since 1968. Many of our alumni work with small rural school districts in the immediate tri-state area. Others are employed by urban and suburban school districts across the United States.

Programs Offered and Program Approvals
  • Specialist level, NASP Approved/Accredited (full)
    Approved by the State Department of Education
    Graduation Credit Hours: 66
    Not Accessible to Working Professionals
    Does not offer at least 50% of instruction via distance education
Financial Support


Do students in your program have access to an assistantship/traineeship?Yes
Total number of students receiving an assistantship/traineeship14
Minimum hours per semester13.0
Minimum stipend/salary per week$177
Minimum tuition waiver (%)100%

Hourly Work

Do students in your program have access to hourly work?No


Number of interns who received stipends5
Median Stipend / Pay per year$25000

Additional Information

Our program has established external assistantships to create meaningful training experiences in combination with practicum placements in area schools.
Student Enrollment Data

2022 / 2023

Total Enrollment (including interns)20
# of First Year Students8
# of Male Students3
# of Minority Students*5
# of interns during the academic year5
# of accepted students for 2022 / 202314
# of applicants for 2022 / 202333
* Note: Minority students are defined as those from ethnic/racial minorities historically underrepresented in United States colleges and universities.
Qingqing 100 %
Tracy Cruisetk-cruise@wiu.edu50 %
Leigh Ann Fisler (Tipton)la-fisler@wiu.edu100 %
Note: Minority faculty are defined as those from ethnic/racial minorities historically underrepresented in United States colleges and universities.
Unfilled faculty positions from the previous academic year?Yes
Anticipate opening a search for a new faculty member in the upcoming academic year?Yes
No data from program has been submitted.


Formal Option for Respecialization?
Description of Respecialization Process
Currently, respecialization is not an option.
Internship Settings

2022 / 2023

Total Number of Interns5
Total completing internship entirely in school settings5
1. The 2010 NASP Standards for Graduate Preparation of School Psychologists defines a school setting as “…one in which the primary goal is the education of students of diverse backgrounds, characteristics, abilities, disabilities, and needs. Generally, a school setting includes students who are enrolled in Grades pre-K–12 and has both general education and special education services. The school setting has available an internal or external pupil services unit that includes at least one state-credentialed school psychologist and provides a full range of school psychology services.”
Multicultural Settings
Program offers a bilingual specialization (i.e. students graduate beign eligible for a bilingual school psychologist certification or designation).No
Program or department provides the following graduate preparation activities related to multicultural responsiveness.
  • A specific required course on multicultural responsiveness
  • Inclusion across some (not all) required courses
Program or department provides the following graduate preparation activities related to social justice that align with the NASP definition and extends beyond cultural awareness into action.
  • Inclusion across some (not all) required courses
  • Extracurricular Events (e.g., Town Halls, Institute Days)
Student Outcome Data

2021 / 2022

# of students completing program (including internship)6
Mean # of years to complete the program3
Median # of years to complete the program3
# of students who transferred to a School Psych Doctoral Program0
# of students that left the program prior to graduation1
# of graduates employed by schools6
# employed in settings other than schools0
# employed in a faculty position0
# entering other fields0
# continuing formal education0
# not employed or continuing education0