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 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), and 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).
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.