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Initial Educator Certificate: Requires a master's degree and completion of at least 45 semester hours in a planned school psychology program as part of or in addition to the master's degree, plus recommendation of school psychology program. Graduating students are eligible for this credential, which may be issued (and reissued once) to applicants if all other requirements except the internship are completed, as long as they are engaged in a supervised school based internship and that the intern is registered in a graduate program at the time.
Provisional Certificate: Same graduate credits as the Initial Certificate and requires either 10 school months of work under the initial educator certificate, or the completion of 30 months of successful work as a school psychologist in another state within the last 10 years.
Professional Certificate: To receive a professional educator certificate for school psychologist, an applicant shall present evidence of having met the general conditions, in addition to completing 30 school months of successful service under the provisional educator certificate, interim educator certificate or provisional teaching certificate; and having completed 60 semester hours of graduate credit in psychology and related areas at an approved institution or institutions, including those required for the initial educator certificate.
This credential also requires practicum or fieldwork of unspecified duration and an internship lasting 10 school months in a period not to exceed 20 months.
Effective July 1, 2016 the Praxis Core Academic Skills Tests is no longer required as a state certification requirement according to Public Act 16-41: An Act Concerning the Recommendations of the Minority Teacher Recruitment Task Force. Candidates in a CT educator preparation program must take the assessment but cannot be used as a barrier to certification and results are used for diagnostic purposes only. Additionally, effective July 1, 2009, amended as of July 1, 2013 educators with out-of-state certificates do not have to take the assessments if they have three years of successful and appropriate experience in the state they are certified within the past 10 years; OR a master's degree in the academic subject area for which Connecticut certification is being requested. As of 2/3/2016, school psychology has been identified as a shortage area in CT thus out-of-state applicants would be eligible for the waiver for assessments.
Continuing Education Requirements:
Professional Certificate: completion of 90 contact hours of continuing education activities, during each successive 5-year period. Such hours may include a combination of continuing education activities or any successfully completed graduate course related to the individual's endorsement area. One graduate credit used for the purpose of continuing the professional educator certificate shall represent 15 contact hours.
Provisional Certificate: valid for 8 years, but individuals working in the school move on to a professional educator Certificate.
The Initial Certificate in nonrenewable; however, if all other requirements except the internship are met in an approved program for school psychology, the initial certificate may be issued and reissued once with some conditions. The SEA does not accept NASP-approved continuing professional development credits toward renewal.
Scope of Practice:
The school based credential itself allows only for employment by a board of education. An exemption in the psychologist licensing law allows school psychologists with a professional educator certificate (which requires successful experience as a school psychologist) to use their title as a 'school psychologist' or school psychological examiner' to describe their work in the private sector although this does not mean a school psychologist can open or work in a private or independent practice. Visit the website for the Connecticut Department of Public Health for more information (http://www.ct.gov/dph/lib/dph/practitioner_licensing_and_investigations/plis/psychology/psych_statute.pdf).
A school psychologist who is certified by the State Department of Education may provide school psychological services to a school district on a contractual basis for the purpose of procuring specialized services not available within the school district (e.g., bilingual evaluation, neuropsychological evaluation, program planning for a child with autism, clinical supervision) or to provide coverage for a leave of absence.
The CT State Department of Education provides Guidlines for the Practice of School Psychology.
SEA website: http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/site/default.asp
Psychology board website: http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3121&q=389548