Maine

NCSP satisfies requirements for initial certification as well as renewal requirements

Graduation from a program approved by NASP or APA meets one of three requirements for the credential

SEA Credential:
School Psychologist - Specialist: Graduate preparation at the specialist level under one of the four following pathways.

School Psychologist - Doctoral: 
Graduate preparation at the doctoral level under one of the four following pathways.

  1. Hold a current Nationally Certified School Psychologist certificate issued by the National School Psychology Certification Board; and possess two recommendations from licensed or certified providers of school psychological services who have reviewed the professional work provided by the applicant.
  2. Earned a graduate degree from an accredited program approved by the National Association of School Psychologists/National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National Association of School Psychologists, or the American Psychological Association in school psychology at the time the degree was awarded; and possess two recommendations from licensed or certified providers of school psychological services who have reviewed the professional work provided by the applicant.
  3. Hold a valid license from the Maine Board of Examiners of Psychologists, and possess two recommendations from licensed or certified providers of school psychological services who have reviewed the professional work provided by the applicant; OR
  4. Earned a graduate degree in school psychology or an equivalent program from an accredited institution, which included a minimum of 60 graduate semester hours, with at least 3 graduate semester hours in each of the following areas:
    • Scientific and professional ethics and standards;
    • Research design and methodology;
    • Psychometric theory;
    • Biological bases of behavior;
    • Cognitive-affective bases of behavior;
    • Social bases of behavior;
    • Individual differences;
    • Applied school psychology;
    • Educational foundations

The fourth pathway also requires:

  • successful completion of a 1500-hour acceptable documented supervised internship experience, which occurred on a full-time basis over a minimum period of one school year, or on a half-time basis over a minimum period of twenty-four months.  At least 50% of the supervised internship must be acquired with children in a school setting, OR Successful completion of a 1500-hour acceptable documented supervised internship experience, which occurred on a full-time basis over a minimum period of one school year, or on a half-time basis over a minimum period of twenty-four months; and a minimum of 750 clock hours of acceptable documented experience in providing psychological services to children in school system(s) and demonstrated competency in a school setting.
  • Receipt of a positive recommendation from the Advisory Committee on School Psychologists.
  • Two recommendations from licensed or certified providers of school psychological services who have reviewed the professional work provided by the applicant.

An applicant who has met all requirements for the initial one-year certificate through one of the four pathways described above AND is able to document successful completion of supervision with a positive recommendation of the Advisory Committee during at least one year of independent practice in accordance with the standards established by the National Association of School Psychologists or a successor organization and provided by a person certified as a school psychologist shall initially be eligible for Maine's three-year School Psychologist Certificate. 

Continuing Education Requirements:
Renewal of an initial one-year school psychologist certificate to the first three-year school psychologist certificate shall require evidence of supervision during the first year of independent practice with a positive recommendation from the Advisory Committee.  Supervision of the first year school psychologist must be in accordance with the standards established by the National Association of School Psychologists or a successor organization and provided by a person who is certified as a school psychologist and employed by or under contract with a Maine school administrative unit.

 Renewal of a three-year school psychologist certificate will require the applicant to hold a valid Nationally Certified School Psychologist certificate issued by the National School Psychology Certification Board or a valid license issued by the Board of Examiners of Psychologists of Maine.

Scope of Practice:
This certificate allows the holder to serve as a school psychologist and deliver services on a contractual or employment basis to children from birth to grade 12 who are eligible to be enrolled in educational and intermediate educational units, special education programs and approved private schools. Certificate holders are identified in written title according to their level of graduate training (specialist or doctoral). The services delivered are the psychological services articulated in current Federal and Maine State Education regulations and under the domains of practice in the current Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services developed and published by the National Association of School Psychologists. Each certificate holder shall deliver services consistent within the competency of their training and adhere to the ethical guidelines of the National Association of School Psychologists.

SEA website: www.maine.gov/education/cert

Maine School Psychology Statute: http://www.maine.gov/doe/cert/initial/index.html

Psychology board (School psychologists may be eligible for the Psychologist & Psychological Examiner Licenses): http://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/psychologists/