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Provisional Certificate: Requires a BA, 60 graduate credits in psychology, and a 1-year school psychology internship (at least 600 hours in school setting).
Permanent Certificate: Requires a provisional credential plus an MA degree and 2 years of work experience in the schools.
School psychologists can attain the school psychology bilingual extension by enrolling in a course of study leading to the bilingual extension, which typically involves engaging in a supervised experience within a bilingual context.
Continuing Education Requirements:
Once the permanent credential is achieved, renewal is not required.
Scope of Practice:
School psychologists with the SEA credential in New York are permitted to work in "exempt" settings, which include public and private schools, NYSED approved preschool programs, NYS DOH Early Intervention programs, college and university settings, and/or some state and federal agencies (e.g., OCFS). Practice in any other setting is considered illegal, unless licensed in New York as a psychologist. Additionally, because school psychologists are identified as "exempt professionals" in the licensure law for psychologists in NY (Article 153), the scope of practice for school psychologists is the same as that defined for licensed psychologists, as long as the practice is within an "exempt setting."
SEA website: http://www.nysed.gov
SEA documents: New York State Education Department Office of Teaching Initiatives Certification Requirements
Psychology board website: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/psych/