Texas State Licensure
Texas is one of only two states in the country that does not certify school psychologists by the State Board of Education. Since 1996, any professional who wants to deliver the full range of school psychological services within the public schools of Texas must obtain a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) license to practice from the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. The LSSP is the appropriate credential for the practice of school psychology in Texas. Graduates of the Specialist in School Psychology and the Doctoral School Psychology Program are eligible to apply to the TSBEP for the LSSP. As part of the application process for the LSSP, students must obtain a passing score on the National School Psychology Exam (Praxis) and pass a jurisprudence (state law) take-home exam. The LSSP license is for practice only in the public schools of Texas.
Graduates of the Doctoral School Psychology Program are also eligible to seek licensure as a Psychologist from the TSBEP. Licensure as a psychologist requires one additional year of post-doctoral supervision by a licensed psychologist, passage of the National Psychology Exam (EPPP), and passage of the jurisprudence (state law) take-home exam. Licensure as a psychologist allows for private practice and opens up other job opportunities both in and outside of the schools.
National Certification as a School Psychologist
The National School Psychology Certification System which is affiliated with the National Association of School Psychologists issues the credential called the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). Students in either of the school psychology graduate programs are required to pass the National School Psychology Exam. Generally students take the National School Psychology Exam during their internship year. A passing score on the National School Psychology Exam is required for both the NCSP and for licenusre as a LSSP in the state of Texas.
Board Certification in School Psychology
The American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) awards a Diplomate in School Psychology which is the highest form of board certification in the school psychology profession. Candidates for the Diplomate in School Psychology must have a Ph.D. in Psychology and must be a licensed psychologist. Generally applicants for the ABPP Diplomate in School Psychology have worked in the field for a few years after licensure as a psychologist before they apply for the credential.
Board Certification in School Neuropsychology
The American Board of School Neuropsychology awards a Diplomate in School Neuropsychology. Graduates of the Doctoral School Psychology Program who specialized in school neuropsychology would be eligible to apply for the Diplomate in School Neuropsychology after they have completed their Ph.D. and obtained two additional years of experience working in the field. Graduates of a specialist-level school psychology graduate program may also apply for the Diplomate in School Neuropsychology if they have obtained additional supervised experience and training in school neuropsychology and have a minimum of two years of supervised experience after their degree. The Diplomate in School Neuropsychology is a peer-reviewed credential that provides an endorsement of a professional's entry-level skills in school neuropsychology.
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