Maine

NCSP satisfies requirements for initial certification as well as renewal requirements

Graduation from a program approved by NASP or APA meets one of three requirements for the credential

SEA Credential:
School Psychologist - Specialist: Graduate preparation at the specialist level under one of the four following pathways.

School Psychologist - Doctoral: 
Graduate preparation at the doctoral level under one of the four following pathways.

Eligibility

Eligibility for this certificate shall be established by one of four pathways listed below. Applicants who meet the criteria established by one of the four pathways below shall minimally be eligible for an initial 1-year school psychologist certificate. Applicants with one or more years of experience employed as a credentialed school psychologist in another jurisdiction shall be eligible for a 3-year school psychologist certificate provided that they: 

  1. Provide evidence of at least 1 year of post-graduate mentorship or supervision in accordance with standards established by the NASP; and  
  2. Receive a positive recommendation from the Advisory Committee on School Psychologists.  

  1. Certificate Eligibility Pathway 1 

    1. Hold a current Nationally Certified School Psychologist certificate issued by the National School Psychology Certification Board;
    2. Provide two references from credentialed school psychologists who have reviewed the professional work provided by the applicant;
    3. Receive a positive recommendation from the Advisory Committee on School Psychologists; and
    4. Completed a minimum of three semester hours in diversity-centered content related to today’s classroom (e.g., culturally responsive teaching, multicultural education, intercultural education, second language acquisition or world language teaching methods).  

  2. Certificate Eligibility Pathway 2
    1. Earned a graduate degree from an accredited college or university offering a program in school psychology approved by the NASP or the Maine Department of Education at the time the degree was awarded;
    2. Provide two references from credentialled school psychologists who have reviewed the professional work provided by the applicant;
    3. Receive a positive recommendation from the Advisory Committee on School Psychologists; and
    4. Completed a minimum of three semester hours in diversity-centered content related to today’s classroom (e.g., culturally responsive teaching, multicultural education, intercultural education, second language acquisition or world language teaching methods).

  3. Certificate Eligibility Pathway 3
    1. Hold a valid license from the Maine Board of Examiners of Psychologists with demonstrated competency in the area of school psychology through training and experience that is substantially equivalent to that required in Section 2.7.B.1, 2, or 4;  
    2. Provide two references from credentialed school psychologists who have reviewed the professional work provided by the applicant;
    3. Receive a positive recommendation from the Advisory Committee on School Psychologists; and
    4. Completed a minimum of three semester hours in diversity-centered content related to today’s classroom (e.g., culturally responsive teaching, multicultural education, intercultural education, second language acquisition or world language teaching methods).

  4. Certificate Eligibility Pathway 4 

    1. Earned a graduate degree with a concentration in school psychology from an accredited college or university or a program accredited by the American Psychological Association, which included:
        
      1. A minimum of 3 years of full-time study or equivalent at the graduate level, inclusive of structured field experiences;
      2. At least 60 graduate semester hours;
      3. A program of study that addressed the knowledge and practice competencies across all domains in the Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services developed by the NASP or, for those who graduated prior to the implementation of the Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services, a program of study in school psychology supplemented with continued professional development and a portfolio to evidence competencies across domains; and 
      4. A supervised internship experience taken for academic credit with a minimum of 1200 clock hours, including a minimum of 600 hours in a school setting, completed across 1 academic year on a full-time basis or 2 consecutive academic years on a half-time basis; and  

    2. Provide two references from credentialled school psychologists who have reviewed the professional work provided by the applicant;
    3. Receive a positive recommendation from the Advisory Committee on School Psychologists; and
    4. Completed a minimum of three semester hours in diversity-centered content related to today’s classroom (e.g., culturally responsive teaching, multicultural education, intercultural education, second language acquisition or world language teaching methods).

Renewal Requirements

  1. Transition of an initial one-year school psychologist certificate to the first three-year school psychologist certificate for applicants who have not previously had 1 or more years of experience employed as a credentialed school psychologist in another jurisdiction shall require:

    1. Evidence of supervision during the first year of independent practice that adheres to supervision standards established by the NASP or a successor organization and:

      1. Is provided by a 093 Certificate holder with a minimum of 3 years of experience;
      2. Is provided individually for 1 hour per week for the duration of a full academic year;
      3. Includes individualized goals established through a supervision agreement (supervision does not require the supervisor to maintain responsibility or liability for the school psychological services delivered by the supervisee); and
      4. Adheres to student privacy and confidentiality laws; and
            
    2. A positive recommendation from the Advisory Committee on School Psychologists.

  2. Renewal of a three-year school psychologist certificate shall require the applicant to: 
     
    1. Hold a valid and current Nationally Certified School Psychologist certificate issued by the National School Psychology Certification Board; or 
    2. A valid and current license issued by the Board of Examiners of Psychologists of Maine; or
    3. Provide evidence of 75 hours of continuing professional development during the last three years, consistent with current Nationally Certified School Psychologist certificate renewal standards and audit guidelines to be verified by the Advisory Committee on School Psychologists.

Scope of Practice

This certificate allows the holder to serve as a school psychologist and deliver services on a contractual or employment basis to children from birth to grade 12 who are eligible to be enrolled in educational and intermediate educational units, special education programs and approved private schools. Certificate holders are identified in written title according to their level of graduate training (specialist or doctoral). The services delivered are the psychological services articulated in current Federal and Maine State Education regulations and under the domains of practice in the current Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services developed and published by the National Association of School Psychologists. Each certificate holder shall deliver services consistent within the competency of their training and adhere to the ethical guidelines of the National Association of School Psychologists.

SEA website: www.maine.gov/education/cert

Maine School Psychology Statute: http://www.maine.gov/doe/cert/initial/index.html

Psychology board (School psychologists may be eligible for the Psychologist & Psychological Examiner Licenses): http://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/psychologists/