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State School Psychology Credentialing Requirements
The State School Psychology Credentialing Requirements List provides information on:
- Credentialing requirements needed to practice in schools
- Continuing education requirements to maintain credentials
- Whether the state accepts the NCSP as an alternative route to credentialing school psychologists
- Scope of practice as it applies to the state education agency (SEA) credential
- Contact information for state departments of education
The information presented was largely provided by state credentialing resource specialists identified within each state who have expertise in their states’ credentialing policies. This document is intended for informational and clarification purposes only. It is provided as a service to the school psychology community as well as those with an expressed interest in school psychology. We cannot and do not guarantee the currency or accuracy of the information contained in this document. If you come across information that is out of date, please contact us so that we might research the discrepancy and post the most accurate information as soon as possible.
Although we will make every effort to provide current and updated information as we receive it, individuals should in all cases contact the appropriate state agencies to confirm the state’s current requirements.
For questions, contact NASP’s Certification Department.
NCSP (Nationally Certified School Psychologist)
If states “accept NCSP as a route to school based credential,” applicants may submit documentation of their NCSP to the state credentialing office in order to work within that state, which may streamline the application and/or renewal process. In this regard, the NCSP offers a great deal of flexibility for school psychologists moving to other states that accept the NCSP.
PRAXIS Series II exam
Refers to the Educational Testing Service (ETS) owned and administered Praxis II exam. If taken before September, 2008, the School Psychologist Praxis II Examination test code is 10400. If taken after September, 2008, the test code is 10401. ETS’s Tests at a Glance contains content outlines, sample questions with rationale for the best answers, and test-taking strategies. ETS also provides a list of passing scores by state.
State Education Agency (SEA)
A term used to refer to the state department of education. Most school psychologists obtain the credential to practice in the schools through their SEA, with Texas as the only exception. Several states have various levels of credentialing depending on experience and level of education. States may use the title “licensure” or “certification” to refer to this credential. School psychologists in Texas are credentialed through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychology.
NASP-Approved Continuing Professional Development
NASP maintains a system of approved providers throughout the country. The NASP-Approved Provider System (APS) permits sponsors of continuing professional development to offer "NASP-approved" training for school psychologists. Those who hold the NCSP will need to obtain 10 of their continuing professional development credits from NASP- or APA- approved providers beginning in January 2010 in order to review their NCSP credential. Notably, while many states do not require NASP-approved continuing professional development to maintain credentials, they are often one form of acceptable CPD credit to be applied towards renewal.
Board of Psychology
For most states, school psychologists who wish to engage in private practice must obtain a credential through the state board of psychology. While the title of this board varies from state to state (e.g., Board of Examiners, Psychologist Examiners Board, Department of Health), we use the phrase “Psychology board” for all states when providing the website address.
Acknowledgement is given to the exceptional efforts of Kathy Pluymert, Patti Harrison, and Rhonda Armistead in the development of the survey. Acknowledgement is also given to Barbara Williams and Joan Bohmann as chair and co-chair of the National/State Credentialing Committee. Finally, we would like to thank the state credentialing resource specialists for providing valuable credentialing information within each state.