(a)License Requirements. An applicant for licensure
as a specialist in school psychology must:
(1)hold an appropriate graduate degree;
(2)provide proof of specific graduate level coursework;
(3)provide proof of an acceptable internship;
(4)provide proof of passage of all examinations required
by the Council; and
(5)meet the requirements imposed under §501.2525(a)(3)
- (9) of the Occupations Code.
(b)Applicants who hold active certification as a Nationally
Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) are considered to have met all
requirements for licensure under this rule except for passage of the
Jurisprudence Examination. Applicants relying upon this subsection
must provide the Council with their NCSP certification number.
(c)Applicants who graduated from a training program
accredited or approved by the National Association of School Psychologists
or accredited in School Psychology by the American Psychological Association
are considered to have met all training and internship requirements
for licensure under this rule. Applicants relying upon this subsection
must submit an official transcript indicating the degree and date
the degree was awarded or conferred.
(d)Appropriate Graduate Degrees.
(1)Applicants who do not hold active NCSP certification,
or who did not graduate from a training program accredited or 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
institution of higher education. For purposes of this rule, a graduate
degree in psychology means the name of the candidate's major or program
of study is titled psychology.
(2)Applicants applying under this subsection 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 institution of
higher education. A maximum of 12 internship hours may be counted
toward this requirement.
(3)An applicant who holds a graduate degree that does
not qualify under subsection (d)(1) but meets the requirements of
subsection (d)(2) is considered to have an appropriate graduate degree
if the applicant holds a certificate of completion from a graduate-level
training program designed to train individuals from related disciplines
in the practice of school psychology.
(e)Applicants applying under subsection (d) of this
section must submit evidence of graduate level coursework as follows:
(1)Psychological Foundations, including:
(A)biological bases of behavior;
(C)social bases of behavior;
(D)multi-cultural bases of behavior;
(E)child or adolescent development;
(F)psychopathology or exceptionalities;
(2)Research and Statistics;
(3)Educational Foundations, including any of the following:
(B)organization and operation of schools;
(C)classroom management; or
(B)socio-emotional, including behavioral and cultural,
(6)Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues; and
(f)Applicants applying under subsection (d) of this
section must have completed an internship with a minimum of 1200 hours
and that meets the following criteria:
(1)At least 600 of the internship hours must have
been completed in a public school.
(2)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 Council §463.11(d)(1)
and (d)(2)(C) of this title.
(3)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.
(4)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.
(5)Unless authorized by the Council, supervised experience
received from a supervisor practicing with a restricted license may
not be utilized to satisfy the requirements of this rule.
(6)Internship hours must be obtained in not more than
two placements. A school district, consortium, and educational co-op
are each considered one placement.
(7)Internship hours must be obtained in not less than
one or more than two academic years.
(8)An individual completing an internship under this
rule must be designated as an intern.
(9)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.
(10)The internship must include direct intern application
of assessment, intervention, behavior management, and consultation,
for children representing a range of ages, populations and needs.
(g)Provision of psychological services in the public
schools by unlicensed individuals.
(1)An unlicensed individual may provide psychological
services under supervision in the public schools if:
(A)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; or
(B)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
Council that has not been denied or returned.
(2)An unlicensed individual may not provide psychological
services in a private school setting unless the activities or services
provided are exempt under §501.004 of the Psychologists' Licensing
(3)An unlicensed individual may not engage in the
practice of psychology under paragraph (1)(B) of this subsection for
more than forty-five days following receipt of the application by
(4)The authority to practice referenced in paragraph
(1)(B) of this subsection is limited to the first or initial application
filed by an individual under this rule, but is not applicable to any
subsequent applications filed under this rule.
The agency certifies that legal counsel has
reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's
Filed with the Office
of the Secretary of State on February 15, 2023
Darrel D. Spinks
Texas State Board of examiners of Psychologists
Effective date: March 7, 2023
Proposal publication date: September 30, 2022
For further information, please call: (512) 305-7706