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Accepts NCSP as a route to school based credential.
Level 1, Entry Level School Psychologist Licensure: Requires:
- Bachelor's and master's degree or educational specialist degree from a regionally accredited college or university, minimum 60 graduate semester hours.
And meeting either 2, 3, or 4
- 1200-hour internship supervised by an appropriately licensed psychologist (level 3), 600 hours of which must be in a school-related setting. If in a NM program, internship must also include psychological assessment, counseling, and other psychological interventions with students with emotional disturbances shall comprise a minimum of 300 hours of the internship.
- A doctoral degree in psychology that includes 12 semester hours of child-focused course work in development, assessment, and intervention and 600 hours of supervised experience in a school-related setting.
- A valid psychologist or psychologist associate license issued by the New Mexico board of psychologist examiners; and that includes 12 semester hours of child-focused course work in development, assessment, and intervention and 600 hours of supervised experience in a school-related setting.
Level 2, Independent School Psychologist Licensure: Requires
- A valid level 1 license
- Satisfactory completion of 2400 hours of supervised experience (i.e., minimum of 600 internship hours and 1200 postinternship supervised hours in a school-related setting)
- Possession of a license as a psychologist, psychologist associate, licensed professional clinical mental health counselor, or NCSP
Level 3, Independent School Psychologist Licensure:Requires
- A valid level 2 license.
- Doctoral degree in psychology from a regionally accredited college or university; the doctoral program shall include at least one academic year of predoctoral supervised internship experience consisting of a minimum of 1500 hours, at least 750 hours of which must be in a school-related setting, or postdoctoral supervised experience consisting of a minimum of 1500 hours, of which at least 750 hours of which must be in a school-related setting.
- Successful completion or demonstration of competencies for the independent school psychologist license.
- NCSP or a valid psychologist credential issued by the New Mexico board of psychologist examiners.
- Two academic years of full-time satisfactory postgraduate work experience in a school-related setting(s) including 750 hours of satisfactory experience in diagnosing and treating children with emotional disturbances and/or behavior disorders in a school-related setting as reported by a supervising school psychologist.
All levels must also pass the Praxis (passing score 147)
The provisional license is available for interns completing their graduate program internship in a NM public school.
Continuing Education Requirements:
Level 1 license is issued for 3 years; level 2 and 3 licenses are issued for 9 years. For a level 1 license, a school psychologist is supervised by a level 3 school psychologist. When he or she meets the competencies and criteria outlined in the rule then he or she can apply for a level 2 license. Once an employing district has evaluated a school psychologist at level 2 and feels he or she is ready to move on to the next level, then he or she can apply for a level 3 license. The district has to complete the Superintendent's recommendation form.
Scope of Practice:
The full range of expected competences for school psychologists are described in New Mexico's Administrative Code, Title 6, Chapter 63. 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 private practice outside the schools. To practice outside of schools, one must apply through the New Mexico Board of Psychologist Examiners.
Level 3 school psychologists may provide clinical supervision to others.
School psychologists would also qualify for the Educational Diagnostician (PreK-12) credential.
SEA website: http://www.ped.state.nm.us
Director, New Mexico Public Education Department
SEA documents: Current Rule 6.63.3 NMAC Rule Part Name: Licensure for School Psychologists, Pre-K-12
Psychology board website: http://www.rld.state.nm.us/boards/Psychologist_Examiners.aspx