13A.12.03.08

.08 School Psychologist.

A. Definition. "School psychologist" means an individual who is certified to provide psychological services to children in a public or State-approved nonpublic school setting. The school psychologist supervises interns and psychometrists.

B. Education. The education requirements for certification as a school psychologist are that the applicant shall meet one of the following:

(1) Option I:

(a) Have an advanced graduate specialist's, or doctoral degree in school psychology from a National Association of School Psychologists, NCATE, American Psychological Association, or State Department of Education approved program; and

(b) Meet qualifying scores on the State-approved test for school psychologist;

(2) Option II:

(a) Have a master's, advanced graduate specialist's, or doctoral degree in either psychology, education, or human development from an IHE; and

(b) Have completed 60 semester hours of graduate courses at an IHE (30 of which must be from one institution) to include course work in each of the following areas of study:

Area of Study
Psychological Foundations (The applicant shall have a foundation in the knowledge base for the discipline of psychology.) Biological bases of behavior (e.g., biological bases of development, neuropsychology, physiological psychology, physiological, and neurological bases of behavior)
Human learning (e.g, learning process/theory)
Social and cultural bases of behavior (e.g., social development, social and cultural diversity, social psychology, cross-cultural studies)
Child and adolescent development (course work must include both child and adolescent development/psychology)
Individual differences (including human exceptionalities and developmental psychopathology, exceptional child)
Educational Foundations (The applicant shall have a foundation in the knowledge base for education.) Instructional design (may include courses in regular or special education; e.g., reading curriculum, special education reading disabilities, etc.)
Organization and operation of schools (including, but not limited to, education of exceptional learners, school and community-based resources, alternative service delivery systems)
Intervention/Problem Solving (The applicant shall have demonstrated knowledge and professional expertise to collaborate with the families and school- and community-based professionals in designing, implementing, and evaluating interventions that effectively respond to the educational and mental health needs of children and youth.) Assessment
Individual and cognitive assessment of children and adolescents
Social and emotional assessment of children and adolescents (e.g., personality assessment, projective testing, behavioral assessment)
Individual preschool assessment (may be included as part of another assessment course)
Direct and Indirect Intervention
Individual counseling techniques
Group counseling techniques
Consultation and intervention (e.g., instructional strategies, classroom organization and management, behavior modification, applied behavioral analysis)
Practicum in school psychology
Statistics and research methodologies (The applicant shall be a competent consumer of research and new knowledge and able to use diverse methodologies (e.g., ethnographic, single-subject designs, quantitative methods) to evaluate professional practices (e.g., interventions or programs). Research and evaluation methods (e.g., research design, advanced experimental design, program evaluation)
Statistics (e.g., statistics/research methods, advanced statistics)
Measurement (e.g., tests and measurements, item analysis, test construction)
Professional School Psychology (The applicant shall have a knowledge base specific to the professional specialty of school psychology and is able to demonstrate the application of that knowledge base to professional practice.) History and foundation of school psychology (e.g., foundations of school psychology, seminar in school psychology)
Legal and ethical issues in school psychology (e.g., legal issues in school psychology)
Roles and functions (e.g., legal issues in school psychology, standards and ethics in school psychology)
(Minimum of 6 hours)

(c) Meet qualifying scores on the State-approved test for school psychologist; or

(3) Option III: Have a valid Nationally Certified School Psychologist certificate issued by the National School Psychology Certification Board.

C. Experience. The experience requirements for certification as a school psychologist are that the applicant shall meet one of the following:

(1) Option I:

(a) 1,200 clock hours internship experience while enrolled in a school psychology program that is approved by and under the direction of an IHE.

(b) The internship shall cover a broad and balanced variety of experiences in the following areas:

(i) Assessment, such as classroom observation, rating scale procedures, standardized testing, and individualized testing;

(ii) Indirect intervention, such as consultation;

(iii) Direct intervention, such as counseling, modification of behavior;

(iii) Direct intervention, such as counseling, modification of behavior;

(iv) School/system support, such as establishing school needs, conducting in-service sessions and research;

(v) Services to special and nonspecial education students in public or State-approved nonpublic school settings; and

(vi) Services to students in special settings such as public or State-approved special education schools, clinics, or hospitals.

(2) Option II: Two years of successful experience providing psychological services to children in an educational setting under the direction of an individual certified as a school psychologist. The experience shall include the areas listed in C(1)(b) of this regulation.