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NEW ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS

Dear Applicants:

The Ohio Board of Psychology is excited to announce a new online application process.  To apply for licensure in the state of Ohio please click on the following link, https://elicense.ohio.gov.  You will be directed to the eLicense Portal.  Once in the portal please select the "I DO NOT HAVE A LICENSE" link.  After selecting the "I DO NOT HAVE A LICENSE" link, you will be directed to a new page in which you will provide your name, Date of Birth, Social Security Number, email and create a password.  Please add your degree/credentials as you would like them to appear in the "last name" field as there is not a suffix field available at this time.  One you have created your account, you will then be directed to a page in which you will choose "APPLY FOR A NEW LICENSE."  You will then be provided with the option of choosing a Board, please select the "Psychology Board", then select the "School Psychologist" option under "Select a License." Finally, under "Select an Application Type," select "General Application."  You will then confirm your eligibility for applying for a School Psychologist license.  Upon saving and continuing the eligibility questions, you will proceed through the application documenting your personal information, background information, answer questions, and complete attestation(s) before submitting your application.  Upon submitting your application you will be unable to make any changes directly to your application, so please be sure to review all information prior to submitting.  After submitting your application you will be directed to a secure payment site to process your payment for your School Psychologist application.  Following payment of your application fee, you will receive an email communication from the Board and a receipt.

Note: Please ensure that all documentation required, to which you attest in the application, is forwarded to the Board for the completion of your application.  All documentation required can be found on this page of the Ohio Board of Psychology's website.

Should you have any questions regarding managing your account or during the setup of your account, please contact the Board at (614) 466-8808. Alternatively, you are always welcome to email the Board at info@psy.ohio.gov.

 

Sincerely,

 

The Ohio Board of Psychology

School Psychologist Licensing FAQ’s

Question: What does the Ohio Board of Psychology school psychologist license allow me to do?

Answer:  The school psychologist license issued by the Ohio Board of Psychology authorizes independent practice of school psychology outside of schools and other settings where the ODE license is the required credential.  “The practice of school psychology” defined in law is limited to the following services:

 

(1) Evaluation, diagnosis, or test interpretation limited to assessment of intellectual ability, learning patterns, achievement, motivation, behavior, or personality factors directly related to learning problems;

 

(2) Intervention services, including counseling, for children or adults for amelioration or prevention of educationally related learning problems, including emotional and behavioral aspects of such problems;

 

(3) Psychological, educational, or vocational consultation or direct educational services.  This does not include industrial consultation or counseling services to clients undergoing vocational rehabilitation.

 

Question: What are the requirements for a school psychologist license?

Answer:  You must be of good moral character, hold at least a master’s degree in school psychology from an accredited educational institution and have completed at least four years of school psychology experience—which is typically employment as a school psychologist on the ODE license (or other state’s education credential).  You must also have achieved a passing score on the Praxis-II School Psychologist Exam (#5402) reported directly to the Board by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).  Finally, you must pass an orally-administered examination on the laws and rules governing psychologists and school psychologists and related state laws.

 

Question: What is the passing score requirement for the Praxis II?

Answer:  The passing score requirement is aligned with NASP policy and depends on when the exam was taken. Applicants taking the current Praxis-II must achieve a score of 147.  Applicants who took the exam between 2008 and 2014 must have achieved a passing score of 165, and those who took the exam prior to September 2008 must have achieved a passing score of 660.  Test scores remain valid for ten (10) years after the testing date.  Applicants with scores more than ten (10) years old are required to retake the current Praxis-II and earn a passing score of 147.

 

Question: What kind of experience do I need during the four years?

Answer:  At least two years of your experience must be practicing school psychology within the scope of employment by a board of education or by a private school.  Each of the four years of school psychology experience must include at least nine months of full-time (35 hrs/week) work or the equivalence in part-time work.  Usually, applicants have completed a one-year internship during the master’s program, and that is counted toward the four years.

 

Question: How do I document my work experience?

Answer:  You should document your minimum of four years of work experiences on forms available on the website as follows:

 

1) If credit for your internship appears on your graduate transcript, that is adequate verification.

 

2) A school official must submit a notarized employment verification form verifying your term of employment as a certificated/licensed (by the State Board of Education) school psychologist by a board of education/school district or a private school.

 

3) Any work you are counting toward the four years that was performed outside of the internship or employment as a certificated/licensed (by the State Department of Education) school psychologist by a board of education or a private school must be verified on a notarized statement from a Psychologist or Board Licensed School Psychologist.

 

Question: What materials do I need to submit an application for the School Psychologist license?

Answer: The notarized application, the $300 application and license fee, the report of your Praxis II test score from ETS, graduate transcript(s) sent directly to the Board of Psychology by the university, notarized statement(s) verifying your school psychology experience (other than an internship credited on your transcript), three reference letters from Psychologists or School Psychologists (licensed by a licensing Board and other than a professional supervisor who will submit a notarized statement), and a picture of yourself (name on picture).

 

Question: How can I learn about the oral examination requirement?

Answer:  Information about the oral exam is on the website. Candidates must sign a receipt for the preparation manual, which contains the laws and rules from which questions are drawn. Success on the exam requires mastery of the laws and rules. Successful candidates report that they studied and memorized the prep manual for between 30-60 hours.

 

Please do not rely on these brief answers in isolation.

The regulations are at http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/4732-9-02.

Documenting Training Supervision
Criminal Background Check Instructions
Oral Exam Prep Manual
Oral Exam Prep Manual Receipt
School Psychology Examination Committee

ROB KUBICK, PH.D.

License #SP527

Term ends January 25, 2018

 

AMY BOLAND, PH.D.

License #6913

Term ends February 26, 2019

 

KATHRYN R. SHRODER, PH.D.

License #4835

Term ends January 25, 2021

 

DOUG COLE, PH.D.

License #SP142

Ex-Officio Based on Board terms


School Psychology Examination Committee Members are appointed by the Board to five (5) year terms.

Application Questions

For questions regarding the application and/or additional forms, please contact the Board at (614) 466-8809 or psy.ce@psy.ohio.gov.