4732-9-02 Requirements for admission to the examination for a school psychologist license.

The requirements for admission to the examination for a school psychologist license, which are generally set forth under division (C) of section 4732.10 of the Revised Code, include that the applicant be at least twenty-one years of age and of good moral character. In addition, he/she shall have received from an accredited (see paragraphs (E) and (F) of rule 4732-3-01 of the Administrative Code), educational institution at least a master's degree in school psychology or an earned graduate degree considered equivalent by the board, including at least seventy-two graduate quarter hours or forty-eight graduate semester hours in course work which may include practica relevant to the study of school psychology; and he/she shall have had at least four years of school psychology experience, with a school psychology internship being considered for credit toward one year of said experience. With regard to such requirements, the board hereby further prescribes:

(A) A degree deemed equivalent to a master's degree in school psychology shall:

(1) Be received from:

(a) An educational institution holding full accreditation status at the time the degree was awarded; or

(b) An educational institution holding "candidate for accreditation" status at the time the degree was awarded but for no more than six years immediately preceding the degree award date; and

(2) Consist of at least seventy-two quarter hours or forty-eight semester hours of graduate course work which may include practica. Said quarter or semester hours shall consist of course work relevant to the study of school psychology.

(B) Course work which may include practica, totaling at least seventy-two quarter hours or forty-eight semester hours, shall be deemed relevant to the study of school psychology where the course work is distributed as indicated below:

(1) Course work in each of the following areas:

(a) Psychology of human development

(b) Psychology of learning

(c) Psychology of personality

(d) Standardized group measurement and evaluation

(e) Statistics and research design

(f) The psychoeducational evaluation of children using individual testing techniques including practicum experiences

(g) The educational implications and remedial techniques based on psychoeducational evaluation

(h) Counseling and interviewing techniques; and

(2) Course work in at least three of the following areas:

(a) The role and function of the school psychologist

(b) Curriculum in the schools

(c) The purposes and organization of schools

(d) Educational administration

(e) Remedial instruction in educational disability

(C) The four years of school psychology experience shall include one year of school psychology internship or other training experience acceptable to the board and, in addition, shall comply with all of the following requirements:

(1) Said experience shall call upon the applicant to engage in the following activities:

(a) Evaluation, diagnosis, or test interpretation limited to assessment of intellectual ability, learning patterns, achievement, motivation, or personality factors directly related to learning problems in an educational setting; and/or

(b) Counseling services for children or adults for amelioration or preventlion of educationally related learning problems; and/or

(c) Educational or vocational consultation or direct educational services, which do not include industrial consultation or counseling services to clients undergoing vocational rehabilitation.

(2) At least one-half (two years) of said experience shall occur while practicing school psychology within the scope of employment by a board of education or by a private school meeting standards prescribed by the state board of education under division (D) of section 3301.07 of the Revised Code.

(3) Any training and/or experience other than as described in paragraph (C)(2) of this rule shall:

(a) Come under the supervision of a supervisor who is either:

(i) A psychologist or a school psychologist licensed by this board; or

(ii) A psychologist or a school psychologist licensed by another state, territory, the District of Columbia, or a foreign country; or

(iii) A person eligible for licensure as a psychologist or a school psychologist only when the supervisee is:

(a) Working in a state with no licensing requirements; or

(b) An employee of the federal government and, therefore, exempt from licensing requirements; or

(iv) A psychologist or a school psychologist who might have been licensed by the board, the supervision having occurred prior to the enactment of statutes governing psychology.

(b) Be such that the supervision of said school psychology training and/or experience shall meet all the supervision requirements described in rules 4732-13-01 , 4732-13-02 , and 4732-13-03 , and 4732-13-04 of the Administrative Code.

(D) Any school psychological work engaged in by an applicant within this state on and after December 1, 1972, during which time he/she either offered or rendered services as a school psychologist or otherwise engaged in the practice of school psychology for a compensation or other personal gain shall not, unless it comes under one of the exemptions from licensure described in paragraph (B) of rule 4732-5-02 of the Administrative Code, be counted toward fulfillment of the training and/or experience requirement described in paragraph (C) of this rule.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 07/09/2009 and 07/01/2014

Promulgated Under: 119.03

Statutory Authority: 4732.06

Rule Amplifies: 4732.06 , 4732.10

Prior Effective Dates: 9/1/81, 10/1/90, 9/30/96