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School Psychologist: Requires a conferred master's degree in school, educational, or clinical psychology from an accredited institution that includes at least 42 graduate semester hours in specified content areas and at least 500 clock hours of satisfactory field experience in a school setting under the supervision of a credentialed school psychologist. Applicants must also present a passing score on the Praxis School Psychologist exam.
Continuing Education Requirements:
To renew, applicants must submit evidence of 6 semester hours or 90 contact hours (or a combination of the two) of professional development activities completed within the 4 years prior to the date of the licensure application submission. A minimum of 3 semester hours/45 clock hours of the professional development activities must be directly related to school psychology; the remaining required 3 semester hours/45 clock hours may include any professional development activity relevant to pre-K–12 education and/or serving pre-K–12 students. NASP-approved continuing professional development hours are accepted towards renewal. See more.
Scope of Practice:
The Department of Health in DC limits practice to public schools and early childhood settings for school psychologists with the SEA credential. Independent practice is not allowed unless the person goes through the state licensure process regulated by the Department of Health, Health Professional Licensing Administration Board of Psychology.
School Psychologists working for public-charter or private schools are not mandated by DC law to hold a license, although local education agencies may opt to require a state license for employment.