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Accepts NCSP as a route to school based credential (in addition to passing state exams).
- Plan One. A specialist's or higher degree with a major in school psychology which includes a year-long supervised school psychology internship in an elementary or secondary school.
- Plan Two. Completion of a graduate program in school psychology which includes 60 semester hours of graduate credit in school psychology, 3 semester hours in a supervised practicum in school psychology, and 6 semester hours in a year-long supervised school psychology internship in an elementary or secondary school. No more than 12 semester hours of credit in the internship shall be accepted.
- Plan Three. Completion of a graduate program in school psychology and 3 years of full-time experience as a school psychologist in an elementary or secondary school. The experience shall be acceptable provided the applicant held a valid full-time school psychologist credential issued by the state where the experience was gained.
- Plan Four. A master's or higher degree with 60 semester hours of graduate credit in school psychology in specified areas; 3 semester hours in a supervised practicum in school psychology [3 years of full-time experience as a school psychologist in an elementary or secondary school will satisfy the supervised practicum requirement]; and 6 semester hours in a year-long supervised school psychology internship in an elementary or secondary school. No more than 12 semester hours of credit in the internship shall be accepted. The internship shall total at least 1200 clock hours with at least 600 clock hours in an elementary or secondary school. Three years of full-time experience as a school psychologist as will satisfy the internship requirement.
- Plan Five. A valid NCSP.
Florida offers a Temporary Certificate which is valid for 3 years and is nonrenewable, and provides time to complete all requirements for a Professional Certificate while working full-time. Part of these requirements include passing the three portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE).
Continuing Education Requirements:
Requires 120 hours of continuing professional development every 5 years. CPD must be earned in a minimum of 3 hour increments to apply toward renewal. Participation in a 3-hour college course, either as student or instructor, in an approved Florida master's inservice program is equal to 60 hours (minimum grade of a C). NASP-approved CPD hours are accepted towards renewal.
Scope of Practice:
The range of school psychological services are defined in Section 36. 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. However, Florida also offers a license for school psychologists through the Florida Office of School Psychology that allows for practice in the private sector, with a defined scope of practce under state statute 490.003, Section 5. This license requires a passing score on the Praxis II (165); a doctorate, specialist, or equivalent degree in a program primarily psychological in nature (a master's degree in school psychology is acceptable); and successful completion of 3 years of school psychology experience:
- One year of experience consists of 1500 hours within 12 consecutive months.
- Two years of the 3-year requirement shall consist of supervised experience by a credentialed school psychologist in any jurisdiction or a licensed psychologist. Doctoral internships may be applied toward the supervision requirement. Nondoctoral internships, which are part of the education requirement, do not count toward the supervised or general experience requirement.
The Florida Board of Psychology offers a separate psychology license as well.
David S. Wheeler, Ph.D., School Psychology Consultant
Student Support Services Project/USF Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services
Florida Department of Education
SEA website: http://www.fldoe.org/
SEA documents: Administrative Rule 6A-4.0311 Specialization Requirements for Certification in School Psychologist (Grades pre-K12)