Question of the day re: School Psychologists ?????

Are school psychologist required to be “licensed” by the state? Looks like yes to me but DEEDS appears to only display DE DOE credentials not “Delaware Division of Professional Regulation, the National School Psychology Certification Board, OR another U.S. state (in which case the individual must hold a valid certificate in school psychology)”

Licensure

Individuals wishing to become employed as school nurses in a Delaware public school must be licensed by both the Delaware Department of Education and the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation (see Regulation 1580 School Nurse). Individuals wishing to become employed as school psychologists in a Delaware public school must be credentialed by the Delaware Department of Education as well as by the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation, the National School Psychology Certification Board, OR another U.S. state (in which case the individual must hold a valid certificate in school psychology) (see Regulation 1577 School Psychologist). Candidates for nurse or psychologist licensure/certification by the Department of Education will be required to furnish a copy of licensure by the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation (or other approved body in the case of school psychologist candidates (see above)) as part of the Department of Education’s application process. Candidates for school nurse will also need to provide a copy of verification of current CPR training. To find out more about the requirements for licensure by the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation, please call (302) 744-4500 or visit the Division’s website.

2 responses to “Question of the day re: School Psychologists ?????

  1. That’s an interesting question. I would assume any psychologist or someone practicing psychology, be it a counselor, behavior coach, or someone helping a student using psychology would have to have a license.

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  2. Joanne Christian

    School psychologist is an additional endorsement, beyond being a psychologist. The same goes with school nurse in Delaware. They already have their RN–but Delaware requires a group of additional classwork to have the endorsement named “school nurse”. Sure, certainly a psychologist can work with schools, kids, etc., but to be employed as a “school psychologist”, a specific set of coursework needs to be included for the job category of “school psychologist” or “school nurse”. Hope that makes sense. Think of it as going to a doctor. They are all physicians, but now you are sent to a cardiologist, who is a doctor AND most likely “credentialed or certified” because of further, or specific study in cardiology. Hope that makes sense.

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