Tennessee

Recognizes programs that meet NASP guidelines.

SEA Credential:
School Services Personnel Practitioner: Initial three (3) year license issued to applicants upon completion of a program approved by the State Board of Education, leading to endorsement as a school counselor, school psychologist, school social worker, educational interpreter, school speech-language pathologist, speech-language teacher, or school audiologist. Applicants must have also submitted qualifying scores on the state-required licensure assessment. The practitioner school service personnel license may be renewed once. An educator may only add other school service endorsements to this license. The practitioner school service personnel license may be renewed once.

Professional License: A six (6) year license issued to applicants upon meeting licensure expectations at the practitioner level, as a school counselor, school psychologist, school social worker, educational interpreter, school speech-language pathologist, speech-language teacher, or school audiologist. The professional school service personnel license is renewable.

Until someone who has obtained a school psychologist endorsement has been employed by a school for 3 years, their license is 'provisional.'

Continuing Education Requirements:
Renewal required every 5 years for those who are not employed for at least 5 of the last 10 years. Otherwise, renewal required every 10 years. Renewal requires 60 PDP's. They can be earned through training workshops, college/university credits, and TDOE personnel assessment data.

Scope of Practice:
School psychologists with the SEA credential can provide services in public schools (K-12), early childhood and pre-K settings, private and charter schools, and college or university settings. Specifically, those settings must be approved by the SEA. One must apply through the Board of Examiners in Psychology in order to practice independently. School psychologists may also qualify for the Certified Psychological Assistant credential issued through the board of psychology, though may need additional coursework.

SEA website: http://www.tennessee.gov/education/index.shtml

SEA Contact/Consultant:
Joanna Bivens
Director, School Psychological Services
Joanna.Bivins@tn.gov
(W) 615-741-9231 

SEA documents, regulations, or standards: https://www.tn.gov/education/licensing.html
https://www.tn.gov/education/licensing/licensure-resources.html

Psychology board website: http://tn.gov/health/topic/psych-board