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    What is a School Psychologist?   

    School psychologists receive specialized advanced graduate preparation that includes coursework and practical experiences relevant to both psychology and education. School psychologists typically complete either a specialist-level degree program (at least 60 graduate semester hours) or a doctoral degree (at least 90 graduate semester hours), both of which include a year-long 1200 hour supervised internship. Graduate preparation develops knowledge and skills in:

    • Data collection and analysis
    • Assessment
    • Progress monitoring
    • School-wide practices to promote learning
    • Consultation and collaboration
    • Academic/learning interventions
    • Mental health interventions
    • Behavioral interventions
    • Instructional support
    • Prevention and intervention services
    • Special education services
    • Crisis preparedness, response, and recovery
    • Family-school-community collaboration
    • Diversity in development and learning
    • Research and program evaluation
    • Professional ethics, school law, and systems

    School psychologists must be credentialed by the state in which they work. They also may be nationally certified by the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB). The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) sets standards for graduate preparation, credentialing, professional practice and ethics. The NASP Practice Model (2010) outlines the comprehensive services that school psychologists are encouraged to provide.