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Accepts NCSP as a route to school based credential.
School psychologist: Requires a master's or a more advanced degree from an accredited institution and one of the following:
- Completion of a graduate program in school psychology, consisting of at least 60 graduate semester hours
- Completion of a doctoral program in psychology and completion of a retraining program in school psychology from an accredited institution or board-approved program with a letter of institutional endorsement from the head of the school psychology program
- Five years of experience within the last 10 years working full time in the capacity of a school psychologist in a school setting serving any portion of grades kindergarten through 12, verified by the school district superintendent or human resources department. Please submit a letter from the district superintendent, personnel director, or designee to verify experience
- NCSP credential
- A diploma in school psychology from the American Board of School Psychology
Additionally, to be eligible, one must provide a letter from a university department head or designee verifying completion of a supervised internship of at least 1,200 clock hours with a minimum of 600 of those hours in a school setting, or, a letter from a District Superintendent, Personnel Director, or designee verifying 3 years of experience as a certified school psychologist within the last ten years.
Renewal Continuing Education Requirements:
The Standard certificate is valid for 12 years and may be renewed with proof of 15 clock hours of professional development activities for each year of the certificate term. *One semester hour of college coursework is equivalent to 15 clock hours of professional development activities. The clock hours or semester hours may be completed in various increments per year.
Scope of Practice:
The SEA credential allows for practice in school settings. To practice outside of schools, one must apply through the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners.
SEA website: https://www.azed.gov/
SEA documents, regulations, or standards: http://www.azed.gov/educator-certification/forms-and-information/certificates/
Arizona Board of Psychological Examiners: http://www.psychboard.az.gov/