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States Aligning Credentialing Requirements with the NCSP and NASP Graduate Preparation Standards

NASP has credentialed qualified school psychologists through its NCSP program since 1988. Presently, thirty (30) states use the NCSP as part of their standard for certification. There are more than 12,000 school psychologists with the NCSP credential.

Accepts NCSP as a route to school based credential (31)

  • Alabama
  • Alaska (along with additional state exams)
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida (along with additional state exams)
  • Georgia (along with additional state exams)
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts (along with additional state exams)
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
Note: While many states still do not formally acknowledge the NCSP within credentialing documents, individuals who meet training requirements for the NCSP generally meet or exceed the training requirements for initial credentialing in ALL states with few exceptions (e.g., Kansas also requires a minimum of a 3.25 graduate GPA).Applicants holding the NCSP are encouraged to contact their state’s credentialing office to inquire about the acceptance of the NCSP.

NCSP Satisfies renewal requirements (8)

  • Alaska
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Nevada
  • Maine (required)
  • Missouri (satisfies a component for renewal)

Requires, accepts, or formally recognizes graduate preparation from school psychology programs approved by NASP or meeting NASP graduate preparation standards in school based credentialing language(19)*

  • Alaska (Requires graduation from a program approved by NASP/NCATE or APA)

  • California (Recognizes NASP approved programs as meeting graduate preparation requirements for out of state applicants)

  • Delaware (Graduation from a NASP or APA approved program meetsone of three options to fulfill requirements for the school based credential)

  • Georgia (Requires graduation from a NASP approved program or the NCSP credential)

  • Hawaii (Graduation from a NASP or APA approved program meets one component to fulfill requirements for the doctoral level credential)

  • Iowa (Requires graduation from a NASP or APA approved program or the NCSP credential)

  • Louisiana (Requires graduation from a program meeting NASP graduate preparation standards)

  • Maine (Graduation from a NASP/NCATE or APA approved program meets one of three options to fulfill requirements for the school based credential)

  • Maryland (Requires graduation from a program approved by NASP/NCATE, APA, or a program approved by the MD Department of Education asa component of one of three options to fulfill requirements for the school based credential)

  • Massachusetts (Requires graduation from a NASP-approved program or programs receiving approval from the state commissioner)

  • Minnesota (Requires graduation from a NASP-approved program)

  • Mississippi (Requires graduation from a NASP-approved program for Class AAA and AAAA credentials)

  • North Carolina (Requires graduation from a NASP/NCATE, or APA approved program)

  • North Dakota (Requires graduation from a NASP approved program)

  • Oklahoma (Graduation from a NASP approved program meets training standards and is required for out of state applicants)

  • South Dakota (Requires graduation from a program meeting NASP standards)

  • Tennessee (Requires graduation from a program consistent with NASP graduate preparation standards)

  • Texas (Required graduation from a program approved by NASP or APA, or programs that meet NASP graduate preparation standardsor the NCSP credential)

  • Vermont (Requires graduation from a NASP or APA approved program, "or the equivalent")

* Several states not found within this list require graduation from a state approved school psychology program to obtain the school based credential, although do not explicitly mention the need to graduate from a NASP approved program. However, states participating in theNational Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/State Partnership agreement base their state approval of school psychology programs on NASP standards and a program review by NASP. Therefore, some additional states not found in the list above may in fact require graduation from programs meeting NASP approval prior to granting the school based credential. Individuals are encouraged to contact their state’s credentialing office to determine whether their graduate preparation program meets state standards.

States with a formal, stated alignment with NASP standards in credentialing or graduation preparation standards for a private practice credential (2)

  • South Carolina (Requires graduation from a NASP or APA approved program for private practice as a licensed psycho-educational specialist)

  • Wyoming (Requires maintenance of the SEA credential and the NCSP for a private practice as a Specialist in School Psychology (SSP). For those without the NCSP, graduation from a NASP approved program is required. The SSP requires ongoing supervision from a psychologist.)