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Accepts NCSP as a route to school based credential.
School psychologist: Completion of the following:
State approved specialist program (60 graduate semester hours) or doctoral program for school psychologist, serving children birth - 21
Passing the Praxis School Psychologist exam
- Practica consisting of a sequence of closely supervised on-campus or field-based activities
- An internship consisting of a full-time experience of over 1 year, or half-time, over 2 consecutive years, with a minimum of 1200 clock hours, of which at least 600 hours must be in a school setting
Other routes include:
- If an applicant holds a valid license issued by the Colorado State Board of Psychologist Examiners, or is eligible to sit for licensure examinations, that applicant shall provide an institutional recommendation from the professional education unit of an accepted Colorado institution of higher education with an approved school psychology program, verifying that the applicant has acquired the specified competencies listed in these rules, including completion of an appropriate internship, and has achieved a passing score on the national school psychology examination. This may include a 2-year respecialization program.
Provisional License: Colorado has a 'Temporary Educator Eligibility Authorization' or TEE (formerly SETA) for any school professional who is in an approved training program in an education-related field, including school psychology. It allows one to practice in the schools for up to 3 years while completing a degree program.
Continuing Education Requirements:
Individuals must acquire 90 clock hours of professional development every 5 years for those with the Professional credential. Renewal is required after 3 years for those with the Provisional credential. The SEA accepts NASP-approved continuing professional development credits toward renewal.
Scope of Practice:
School psychologists holding the SEA credential can provide services in K-12 public schools, pre-K and early childhood settings, and private and charter schools. School psychologists with the SEA credential may also provide contracted services in schools. The SEA credential does not allow for practice in any other arena other than the schools. To practice outside of schools, one must apply through the Department of Regulatory Agencies Psychologist Examiners Board or the State Board of Registered Psychotherapists.
An "Effective School Psychologist" is defined in Colorado under the State Model Evaluation System that resulted from Senate Bill 191 (Educator Effectiveness): "Effective school psychologists are vital members of the education team. They are properly credentialed and demonstrate professional expertise in psychoeducational assessment practices, interventions and crisis preparedness and response. Effective school psychologists provide services to help all children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally. Effective school psychologists strive to support growth and development in the least restrictive environment, close achievement gaps and prepare diverse student populations for postsecondary and workforce success. They have a foundation in both psychology and education, are experts in addressing barriers to educational success. They engage in data-based decision making to plan and deliver effective and culturally responsive services. They have a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of the home, school and community and collaborate with all members of the education team to strengthen those connections. Through reflection, advocacy and leadership, they enhance the academic achievement and personal/social development of their students." More can also be found through CCR 301-101
SEA documents, regulations, or standards: https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/schoolpsychendorsementrules
Psychology board website: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/Psychologist
Psychotherapists board website: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/Psychotherapists