Overview: This Certificate is required for personnel whose primary responsibility is in the role of a school psychologist providing services that include but are not limited to the duties of student psychoeducational assessment, therapeutic consultation and intervention, and involvement in the process of determination of a student’s disabilities or disorders. Requirements may be subject to change and are fully referenced in the Arizona Revised Statutes and Administrative Code R7-2-606; R7-2-607; R-2-601.01; R7-2-617 (A)(C); R7-2-621.
Out-of-state certificate: If you hold a valid, current, comparable out-of-state school psychologist certificate/license that is in good standing in another state, follow this link for information and steps to apply under reciprocity.
To qualify for this certificate applicants must meet the requirements under Required Coursework/Training.
A formal review is required to verify that all requirements have been met. Please visit the "How to Submit Official Documents" below for the proper submission of the required documents. Failure to submit documents as described could cause a delay in the processing of the application.
Application: A completed Application for Certification.
Fee: The required fee is $60. Per Board-rule, certification fees are non-refundable.
Official Transcripts: Official transcripts documenting a Master's or more advanced degreeand all applicable coursework.
Note: If you completed your degree and applicable coursework at an institution outside of the United States, you must submit an evaluation from a Department approved foreign credential evaluation agency. Please see the "Approved Foreign Credential Evaluation" list.
Master's Degree: A master's or more advanced degree from an accredited institution.
One of the Following:
Graduate Program: Completion of a graduate program in school psychology, consisting of at least 60 graduate semester hours; -OR-
Doctoral Program: Completion of a doctoral program in psychology and completion of a re-training program in school psychology from an accredited institution or Board-approved program with a letter of institutional endorsement from the head of the school psychology program; -OR-
Experience: Five years of experience within the last ten years working full-time in the capacity of a school psychologist in a school setting serving any portion of grades kindergarten through twelve. Please submit a verification letter, completed and signed by District Superintendent or Personnel/HR Director to verify experience; -OR-
Nationally Certified: Verification of a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) Credential; -OR-
American Board Diploma: Verification of a diploma in school psychology from the American Board of School Psychology.
Internship or Experience: One of the following:
A verification letter from a university department chair or designee verifying the completion of a supervised internship of at least 1,200 clock hours with a minimum of 600 clock hours in a school setting.
Note: This verification letter is required in addition to the official transcripts documenting the internship. -OR-
Three (3) years of experience as a certified school psychologist within the last ten years may be substituted for the internship requirement.
Documents Requiring Submission by the Verifying Authority
Official Transcripts: Transcripts that are uploaded through the educator portal or emailed by the applicant are not official and will not be accepted. Official transcripts and foreign credential evaluations must be submitted as follows:
Electronic official transcripts must be submitted directly by the college or university to [email protected].
Paper official transcripts must be in a sealed envelope and mailed by the college or university to: Arizona Department of Education - Certification Unit PO Box 6490 Phoenix, AZ 85005-6490.
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