Accepts NCSP as a route to school based credential.

SEA Credential:
Pupil Personnel Services License: Must complete a state-approved program in school psychology at the master's degree level with at least 60 semester hours of graduate credit or hold the NCSP. Also requires an internship that is documented by the degree granting institution. No more than 12 hours of internship can be counted toward the 60 graduate semester hours required for licensure. The internship experience shall occur on a full-time basis over a period of 1 year or on a half-time basis over a period of 2 consecutive years. The internship shall occur under conditions of appropriate supervision, i.e., school based supervisor shall hold a valid credential as a school psychologist and non-school based supervisor shall be an appropriately credentialed psychologist. The internship shall include experiences at multiple age levels, at least one half of which shall be in an accredited school setting.

Continuing Education Requirements:
All license holders in Virginia must renew their license every 5 years and are required to earn 180 professional development points (hours). Must also complete Child Abuse Recognition and Intervention Training as well as Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel. More information can be found at

NASP-approved CPD hours are accepted towards renewal.

Scope of Practice:
School psychologists with the SEA credential can provide services in public schools. The SEA credential does not allow practice outside of schools. Doctoral-level school psychologists may apply for licensure through the Virginia Board of Psychology.

A full description of school psychology services, and the scope of services, can be found on the VDOE website.

SEA website:

SEA Contact/Consultant:
Martha Montgomery, EdS
State Consultant for School Psychology
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218-2120
(804) 692-0396

SEA documents, regulations, or standards: Licensure Regulations for School Personnel

Psychology board website: