Standards & Certification

In May 2020, the NASP Leadership Assembly approved the 2020 NASP Professional Standards. NASP Professional Standards are unified set of national principles that guide professional practices, credentialing, graduate preparation, and ethical behavior of effective school psychologist. These major NASP policy documents are intended to define contemporary school psychology, promote comprehensive and integrated services for children, families, and schools, and provide a foundation and vision for the future of school psychology.

Implementation of the NASP 2020 Professional Standards occurs over 4 years to provide adequate time for graduate preparation and credentialing systems to adjust their requirements. The 2020 practice standards (NASP Practice Model) and ethical principles go into effect July 1, 2020. The 2010 graduate preparation and 2010 credentialing standards remain in effect for the purposes of program accreditation and the NCSP until 2022 and 2024 respectively.

NASP Practice Model

The NASP Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services, also known as the NASP Practice Model, represents NASP's official policy regarding the delivery of school psychological services.


The Standards for the Credentialing of School Psychologists serve as a model for state education agencies, with recommended criteria for initial credentialing as well as renewal. The standards also include a description of the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential. The NCSP utilizes the 2010 standards through 2024.

Graduate Preparation

NASP_Approved_Program_LogoThe NASP Standards for Graduate Preparation of School Psychologists identify critical graduate education experiences and competencies needed by candidates preparing for careers as school psychologists. The 2010 standards are used for purposes of program review through 2022.

Professional Ethics

ethicsThe NASP Principles for Professional Ethics address the unique circumstances associated with providing school psychological services. The Principles, like all codes of ethics, provide only limited guidance in making ethical choices. Individual judgment is necessary to apply the code to situations that arise in professional practice. 

Implementation Guide

The NASP Practice Model Implementation Guide is designed to help school psychologists and other school decision-makers align school psychological services with the comprehensive role defined by the NASP Practice Model.

Self-Assessment Survey

This self-assessment tool was created by NASP to help you focus attention on your individual work activities in terms of the 10 domains outlined in the NASP Practice Model.  A personalized summary will automatically be generated for you after you have completed the survey.