Utah

Accepts NCSP as a route to school based credential.

SEA Credential:
Level 1 School Psychologist License: Requires:

(1) completed at least an approved masters degree or equivalent certification program consisting of a minimum of 60 semester (90 quarter) hours in school psychology at an accredited institution;

(2) demonstrated competence in the following:
(a) understanding the organization, administration, and operation of schools, the major roles of personnel employed in schools, and curriculum development;
(b) directing psychological and psycho-educational assessments and intervention including all areas of exceptionality;
(c) individual and group intervention and remediation techniques, including consulting, behavioral methods, counseling, and primary prevention;
(d) understanding the ethical and professional practice and legal issues related to the work of school psychologists;
(e) social psychology, including interpersonal relations, communications and consultation with students, parents, and professional personnel;
(f) coordination and work with community-school relations and multicultural education programs and assessment; and
(g) the use and evaluation of tests and measurements, developmental psychology, affective and cognitive processes, social and biological bases of behavior, personality, and psychopathology;

(3) completed a one school year internship or its equivalent with a minimum of 1200 clock hours in school psychology. At least 600 of the 1200 clock hours shall be in a school setting or a setting with an educational component; and

(4) been recommended by an institution whose program of preparation for school psychologists has been approved by the Board.

Current certification as a nationally certified school psychologist by the National School Psychology Certification Board shall be accepted in lieu of requirements for the Level 1 License.

Level 2 School Psychologist License: Requires:

(1) satisfy requirements for the Level 1 school psychologist License;

(2) have completed at least two years of successful experience as a school psychologist under a Level 1 School Psychologist License area of concentration or its equivalent; and

(3) have been recommended by the employing LEA with consultation from a teacher education institution.

 

The Board may approve the school psychologist preparation program of an institution if the program meets the standards prescribed in the Standards for State Approval of Teacher Education for school psychologists. These standards were developed by school psychologists in Utah schools and recommended to the Board by SACTE and are available from the USOE.

Continuing Education Requirements:
Level 1 credential is renewed every 3 years and requires 100 points of professional development. However, if one has had 3 years of experience in a Utah school after receiving a level 1 license, one must upgrade to Level 2.

Level 2 credential is renewed every 5 years and requires at least 3 years of work experience within last renewal cycle and 100 points (hours) of professional development.

Types of activities allowed are provided in the UT admin code.

Scope of Practice:
School psychologists with the USBE credential can provide services in public schools (K-12), early childhood and pre-K settings, and private and charter schools. The USBE credential also allows one to provide contract services in schools. The USBE credential does not allow practice outside of schools. Doctoral-level school psychologists may apply for licensure through the Utah Department of Professional Licensing. Utah does not offer an Applied Behavior Analysis credential.

USBE website: http://www.schools.utah.gov

USBE Contact/Consultant:
Leah Voorhies
250 E 500 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
801-538-7898
leah.voorhies@schools.utah.gov

USBE documents, regulations, or standards:
https://rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r277/r277.htm
https://rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r277/r277-506.htm
http://www.schools.utah.gov/cert/License-Requirements/Initial-Licensure.aspx 
http://www.schools.utah.gov/cert/License-Renewals.aspx 

Psychology board website: http://www.dopl.utah.gov/licensing/psychology.html