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Accepts NCSP as a route to school based credential (after passing state exams).
Requires graduation from a NASP-approved program or programs receiving approval from the state commissioner.
Initial License: Requires completion of a master's degree or higher in school psychology approved by NASP, including an advanced practicum of 1,200 hours, 600 of which must be in a school setting. (The Commissioner may grant temporary approval, in accordance with NASP standards, to institutions without NASP approval for up to 5 years while they achieve such approval.) Also requires a passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills test.
Professional License: Requires possession of an Initial license, 3 years of employment as a school psychologist, and completion of one of the following:
- Passing score on the Praxis II
- Achievement and maintenance of a credential from one of the following:
- The Massachusetts Board of Allied Mental Health Professionals, as an educational psychologist
*Provisional: A superintendent of a school can write a letter to the state department asking for a "waiver". The state department has an Alternative Licensure Panel that reviews individual cases and determines if the candidate meets the areas of competency. This waiver can only be used for 5 years while the candidate completes an approved training program.
Continuing Education Requirements:
For holders of the Professional License (issues after December 1, 1999):
Individual professional development plans must include at least 150 professional development points (PDP). At least 120 of the PDPs must be in the content area of the credential or the educator's primary credential, with at least 90 of these PDPs in the content area of the educator's primary credential. Educators working in Massachusetts public schools must get initial approval of their professional development plans from a supervisor that is consistent with school and district educational improvement goals. A minimum of 10 PDPs must be earned in a topic to count the PDPs toward renewal. NASP-approved CPD hours are accepted towards renewal. Find out more on acceptable forms of PDP.
Scope of Practice:
School psychologists with the SEA credential can provide services in public schools. The SEA credential also allows one to provide contract services in schools. Additionally, the Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Service Professionals grants licensure as an "Educational Psychologist" with 2 years of supervised experience as a school psychologist (employment in private practice during supervision is not acceptable). This licensure allows for private practice and does not require a doctoral degree.
SEA website: http://www.doe.mass.edu/
Psychology board website: http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/data/license/professional-licensure/psychologist.html
Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Service Professionals: http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/licensee/dpl-boards/mh/regulations/rules-and-regs/262-cmr-500.html