Accepts NCSP as a route to school based credential.

SEA Credential:
School Psychologist: Requires a masters or specialist degree and a minimum of 60 graduate semester hours. The NCSP also is accepted as a route to obtaining a school psychologist credential.

A Provisional Credential does not require a graduate degree but requires coursework to be completed and a university recommendation. It is 1 year for full-time internship, 2 years for a half-time internship, and it is nonrenewable for completion of internship year. If the internship is not completed in 1 year, the student must petition the Education Professional Standards Board for an extension.

Field experience requirements are aligned with NASP standards (minimum of 1200 hour internship, with at least 600 hours in a school setting). Applicants must also pass the Praxis II.

Continuing Education Requirements:
72 hours of continuing professional development, or 6 graduate hours and 3 years of practice, every 5 years. NASP-approved continuing professional development hours are accepted towards renewal.

Scope of Practice:
The SEA credential does not allow for private practice outside the schools. To practice outside of schools, one must apply through the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychologists or the Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors.

SEA website:

Interim State Consultant/Contact:
Patrick O. Ballard, Psy.S, Kentucky Certified School Psychologist
(502) 564-4970

Psychology board website: