Rhode Island

SEA Credential:

The School Psychologist Certificate is valid for assignment as a School Psychologist in grades PK - 12 in Rhode Island public schools.

To be issued a certificate in School Psychologist an applicant must satisfy all of the following:

  • Advanced degree in School Psychology from a regionally accredited institution ;
  • Completion of an approved program for the preparation of School Psychologist Support Professionals ;
  • Demonstration of meeting the Content Competencies as prescribed by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) ; and
  • Meeting all Rhode Island assessment requirements, including a passing score of 147 on the Praxis II School Psychologist test (5402). Applicants prepared in a program where the language of instruction was not English must achieve a passing score of 64 on the Versant Pro Speaking and Writing English assessments. 

Applicants seeking certification through reciprocity must demonstrate that they meet all Rhode Island certification assessment requirements, hold the additional required certificate and meet all experience requirements when applicable. Applicants can attain certification by completing a state approved program for Educator Certification in a state other than Rhode Island within the last 5 years OR by demonstrating that they hold a currently valid full certificate in another state.

Continuing Education Requirements:
Presently (as of August 31, 2010), all educators must complete an 'I-Plan' that documents at least 150 hours of professional development over 5 years. The I-Plan is a lengthy document developed by each educator that outlines a plan for professional development with at least three goals. Each professional development activity needs to align to the goals and fulfill different requirements. However, the Board of Regents just voted to remove the I-Plan and develop a different process. As of now, the new process has not been outlined; educators are being told to personally keep track of their professional development activities until the new process is explained. NASP-approved CPD hours are accepted towards renewal.

Scope of Practice:
School psychologists with the SEA credential can provide services in public schools (K-12), early childhood and pre-K settings, and private and charter schools.  The SEA credential does not allow practice outside of schools. The Board of Psychology Examiners licenses the private practice of Psychology in the State.

SEA website: http://www.ride.ri.gov/

SEA documents:  http://www.ride.ri.gov/Portals/0/Uploads/Documents/Teachers-and-Administrators-Excellent-Educators/Educator-Certification/Cert-Requirements/SP-SchPsy-Req.pdf

Psychology board website: http://www.health.state.ri.us/hsr/professions/psych.php