Accreditation FAQs

If you have additional questions beyond what is provided, plesae contact the chair of the Program Accreditation Board and Dr. Eric Rossen, NASP Director of Professional Development and Standards

About the Program Accreditation Board (PAB)

How are the PAB members selected?

The Program Accreditation Board (PAB) makes a recommendation to the NASP President and NASP Board of Directors for individuals to serve in the role of PAB Chair, typically from among current Board members with distinguished experience as both a program reviewer and Board member. 

Board members have term limits. When vacancies exist, the Chair and continuing Board members nominate new Board members among individuals with previous training and experience as effective NASP reviewers, with the exception of the public member. 

How many people serve on the PAB?

The Program Accreditation Board is composed of a Chair, Co-chair, and up to seven additional persons including a public member who participates in all Board decisions regarding policies and procedures.

What kind of professionals serve on the PAB?

To the greatest extent possible, Board members are selected to represent various constituencies, including program levels (i.e., specialist and doctoral), and racial, ethnic, and geographic diversity. Every attempt will also be made to include at least one school psychology practitioner familiar with graduate preparation standards and processes. The PAB also includes a public member.

How often does the PAB meet?

The PAB meets in person twice per year, and virtually as needed.

How can I become a member of the PAB?

As PAB members are typically nominated from among existing reviewers with a history of strong reviews, prospective PAB members should become reviewers and express interest to the PAB chair in becoming a board member. Trainings are typically provided at the NASP annual convention.

Eligibility and Preparation

Can my program submit for review if we just opened or just began enrolling students?

The NASP review process requires new programs to submit data for one application of required assessments. This means that the program must have data from one cohort (group of students) that have gone through the program in its entirety. This is essential so that outcome measures can be submitted for students throughout their tenure in the program (including practica and internship evaluations). Programs that are not housed in CAEP units must submit for an application for Candidacy which consists of a full review without assessment data. This process allows programs to obtain feedback on structure and required assessments.

Can online or hybrid programs submit for review?

Programs who are able to meet the NASP Standards for Preparation of School Psychologists are encouraged to submit for NASP review.

Should my program submit if we are having trouble meeting a specific standard?

NASP Standards for Preparation of School Psychologists rubrics clearly delineate how decisions are made regarding standards and elements being met.

Will NASP provide a list of consultants to assist my program with preparing for submission?

NASP does not vet or provide a list of consultants to assist with program submission and  related questions.

Does NASP have any webinars, sample materials, and other resources to assist my program with preparing for submission?

Yes, NASP offers workshops at convention, samples and templates on the website, and has plans to develop webinars and recorded videos to support programs.

Submission Process

Do I need to tell anyone before we plan to submit?

Yes. Programs must notify the PAB Chair or Co-chair of intent to submit for review or candidacy at least one month before the review submission deadline.

Is there a difference for first time submissions compared to those renewing their status?

Yes. New programs or those submitting for the first time must apply for Candidacy status unless they are in a CAEP unit. Initial full reviews require one application of data and subsequent submissions require two applications of data.