Actually, esteemed programs used to award Ed.D degrees, including Rutgers University. You can call yourself a "licensed psychologist" when you become licensed by the state you are in as a psychologist. Your degree per se (PHD, PSYD, ED.D) nor the type of internship you complete (APA or non-APA) are not determinants of whether one becomes a licensed psychlogist, per se. Every state has different licensure regulations. A few (very few states) require an APA internship to become a licensed psychologist. Most states require either an APA internship, an APPIC internship, or an internship that 'conforms to APPIC standards' or something of that nature. At that point, the individual has to show equivalency, which can become difficult/dicey in certain situations.
The program at the Chicago School does look rather, uh, shady. It basically appears to be a quick route for already certified school psychologists (at the MA/EDS level) to complete the doctorate and "perhaps" become licensed. Other reputable programs do also do this, although I believe they still require a dissertation and the like (the combined clinical/school psychology program at the University of Virginia is one that comes to mind- where they still award an EdD to such students). Many states will not allow a school internship to count towards licensure, whereas others will. So it can vary. The fact that the program is not APA accredited will also make it more difficult to gain licensure. Since the program is not APA accredited, you can defacto rule out many good positions (and you can completely rule out a VA or similar setting that requires APA accredited program + APA accredited internship.
Originally Posted by TNS1991
Now I'm even more confused. What is the point of getting a higher degree if you are not even licensed to do anything with it? Also, I'm still lost as to how on earth somebody with an EdD can be a clinical psychologist. I looked at the program and it specifically said that you would be prepared to do an internship in the school setting. Since I'm pretty sure that this program is not APA acred. then how can somebody call themselves a clinical psychologist after this without a PhD/PsyD degree and no APA internship? Unless I am totally missing something here.