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TITLE 22EXAMINING BOARDS
PART 21TEXAS STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS OF PSYCHOLOGISTS
CHAPTER 463APPLICATIONS AND EXAMINATIONS
RULE §463.9Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

(a) Application Requirements. A completed application for licensure as a specialist in school psychology includes the following, in addition to the requirements set forth in Board rule §463.5 of this title (relating to Application File Requirements):

  (1) Documentation of an appropriate graduate degree; and

  (2) Documentation from the National School Psychologists' Certification Board sent directly to the Board indicating the applicant holds current valid certification as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP); or documentation of the following sent directly to the Board:

    (A) transcripts that verify that the applicant has met the requirements set forth in subsection (b) of this section;

    (B) proof of the internship required by subsection (c) of this section if the applicant did not graduate from either a training program approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) or a training program in school psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA); and

    (C) the score that the applicant received on the School Psychology Examination sent directly from the Education Testing Service.

(b) Training Qualifications.

  (1) Applicants for licensure as a specialist in school psychology who hold a valid NCSP certification or who have graduated from a training program approved by the National Association of School Psychologists or accredited in School Psychology by the American Psychological Association will be considered to have met the training and internship requirements of this rule.

  (2) Applicants for licensure who do not hold a valid NCSP certification, or who did not graduate from a training program approved by the National Association of School Psychologists or accredited in School Psychology by the American Psychological Association, must have completed a graduate degree in psychology from a regionally accredited academic institution. Applicants applying under this paragraph must have completed, either as part of their graduate degree program or after conferral of their graduate degree, at least 60 graduate level semester credit hours from a regionally accredited academic institution. A maximum of 12 internship hours may be counted toward the 60 hour requirement. For purposes of this rule, a graduate degree in psychology means the name of the candidate's major or program of studies is titled psychology. Applicants applying under this paragraph must submit evidence of graduate level coursework as follows:

    (A) Psychological Foundations, including:

      (i) biological bases of behavior;

      (ii) human learning;

      (iii) social bases of behavior;

      (iv) multi-cultural bases of behavior;

      (v) child or adolescent development

      (vi) psychopathology or exceptionalities;

    (B) Research and Statistics;

    (C) Educational Foundations, including any of the following:

      (i) instructional design;

      (ii) organization and operation of schools;

      (iii) classroom management; or

      (iv) educational administration;

    (D) Assessment, including:

      (i) psychoeducational assessment;

      (ii) socio-emotional, including behavioral and cultural, assessment;

    (E) Interventions, including:

      (i) counseling;

      (ii) behavior management;

      (iii) consultation;

    (F) Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues; and

    (G) A Practicum.

(c) Completion of internship.

  (1) Applicants must have completed a minimum of 1200 hours, of which 600 must be in a public school. A formal internship or other site-based training must be provided through a formal course of supervised study from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in which the applicant was enrolled or be obtained in accordance with Board rule §463.11(c)(1) and (c)(2)(C) of this title (relating to Licensed Psychologist). The internship in the public school must be supervised by an individual qualified in accordance with Board rule §465.38 of this title (relating to Psychological Services in the Schools). Internship which is not obtained in a public school must be supervised by a licensed psychologist. No experience with a supervisor who is related within the second degree of affinity or within the second degree by consanguinity to the person, or is under Board disciplinary order, may be considered forspecialist in school psychology licensure. Internships may not involve more than two sites (a school district is considered one site) and must be obtained in not less than one or more than two academic years. These individuals must be designated as interns. Direct, systematic supervision must involve a minimum of one face-to-face contact hour per week or two consecutive face-to-face contact hours once every two weeks with the intern. The internship must include direct intern application of assessment, intervention, behavior management, and consultation, for children representing a range of ages, populations and needs.

  (2) Applicants must have completed an internship with a minimum of 1200 hours. The internship must also meet the following criteria:

    (A) At least 600 of the internship hours must have been completed in a public school.

    (B) The internship must be provided through a formal course of supervised study from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in which the applicant was enrolled; or the internship must have been obtained in accordance with Board rule §463.11(d)(1) and (d)(2)(C) of this title.

    (C) Any portion of an internship completed within a public school must be supervised by a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, and any portion of an internship not completed within a public school must be supervised by a Licensed Psychologist.

    (D) No experience which is obtained from a supervisor who is related within the second degree of affinity or consanguinity to the supervisee may be utilized.

    (E) Unless authorized by the Board, supervised experience received from a supervisor practicing with a restricted license may not be utilized to satisfy the requirements of this rule.

    (F) Internship hours must be obtained in not more than two placements. A school district, consortium, and educational co-op are each considered one placement.

    (G) Internship hours must be obtained in not less than one or more than two academic years.

    (H) An individual completing an internship under this rule must be designated as an intern.

    (I) Interns must receive no less than two hours of supervision per week, with no more than half being group supervision. The amount of weekly supervision may be reduced, on a proportional basis, for interns working less than full-time.

    (J) The internship must include direct intern application of assessment, intervention, behavior management, and consultation, for children representing a range of ages, populations and needs.

  (3) Paragraph (2) of this subsection, along with all of its subparts, shall take effect, supersede, and take the place of paragraph (1) of this subsection on September 1, 2017.

(d) Additional Requirements. In addition to the requirements of subsection (a) through (c) of this section, applicants for licensure as a specialist in school psychology must meet the requirements imposed under §501.255(a)(2) - (9) of the Psychologists' Licensing Act.

(e) Examinations. Applicants must take the National School Psychology Examination and obtain at least the current cut-off score for the NCSP certification before applying for licensure as a specialist in school psychology. Following approval to sit for Board exams, an applicant must take and pass the Jurisprudence Examination within the time required by Board rule §463.19.

(f) Trainee Status.

  (1) An applicant for the specialist in school psychology license who has not yet passed the Board's Jurisprudence Examination, but who otherwise meets all licensing requirements under this rule, may practice in the public schools under the supervision of a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, as a trainee for not more than one year.

  (2) A trainee status letter shall be issued to an applicant upon proof of licensing eligibility, save and except proof of passage of the Board's Jurisprudence Examination.

  (3) An individual with trainee status is subject to all applicable laws governing the practice of psychology.

  (4) A trainee's status shall be suspended or revoked upon a showing of probable cause of a violation of the Board's rules or any law pertaining to the practice of psychology, and the individual may be made the subject of an eligibility proceeding. The one year period for trainee status shall not be tolled by any suspension of the trainee status.

  (5) Following official notification from the Board upon passage of the Jurisprudence Examination or the expiration of one year, whichever occurs first, an individual's trainee status shall terminate.

  (6) An individual practicing under trainee status must be designated as a trainee.

(g) Provision of psychological services in the public schools by unlicensed individuals. An unlicensed individual may provide psychological services under supervision in the public schools if:

  (1) the individual is enrolled in an internship, practicum or other site based training in a psychology program in a regionally accredited institution of higher education;

  (2) the individual has completed an internship that meets the requirements of this rule, and has submitted an application for licensure as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology to the Board that has not been denied, returned, or gone void under Board rule §463.2 of this title (relating to Application Process; or

  (3) the individual has been issued a trainee status letter.


Source Note: The provisions of this §463.9 adopted to be effective April 19, 2016, 41 TexReg 2756; amended to be effective June 26, 2017, 42 TexReg 3272

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