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Accepts NCSP as a route to school based credential
Graduation from a NASP or APA approved program helps meet credentialing requirements
In Delaware one must hold a "license" and a "certificate". The "license" allows practice in Delaware, and the "certificate" determines the area (i.e., school psychology).
Initial License (4 years non-renewable) requires evidence of practicum, a bachelors degree, and successful completion of the Praxis I Math, Reading, and Writing.
Continuing License (5 years) is offered to those who have met the requirements of the Initial License and have successfully completed an approved mentoring program. This credential can be awarded to applicants from out of state that demonstrate four years of successful work experience as a school psychologist (with positive summative evaluations). Experienced educators who have switched to school psychology from another education profession (e.g., an experienced teacher who completes a school psychology program), or experienced school psychologists from out of state, must participate in an approved mentoring program within the first year of employment.
Certificate as a School Psychologist requires one of the following:
- Graduation from a NASP or APA approved program in school psychology
- Hold the NCSP
- Hold a valid and current school psychology credential from another state
No emergency credentials are available in Delaware for school psychologists.
Continuing Education Requirements:
An Initial License is valid for 4 years, unless revoked, and may not be renewed. During the term of the Initial License, individuals are required to participate in mentoring (within the school) and other prescribed professional development activities offered by the Department and by the school district or charter school or other employing authority in which they are employed. In addition, individuals must receive at least 2 successful evaluations.
A Continuing License is valid for 5 years and requires 90 hours of professional development for renewal. Each educator is responsible for obtaining any necessary approvals from his or her employer before participating in a professional development activity, although NASP approved CPD hours are generally accepted towards renewal. 1 semester hour is equal to 15 CPD hours.
Scope of Practice:
School psychologists with the SEA credential can provide services in public schools (K-12) as well as early childhood and pre-K settings. The SEA credential also allows one to provide contract 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 Delaware Board of Examiners of Psychologists.
SEA website: https://deeds.doe.k12.de.us
Psychology board website: https://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/psychology/