Washington State Association
of School Psychologists    


Uniting school psychologists to support all students through advocacy, leadership, and professional development. 

Fall Conference 2017

This year's Annual Fall Conference is Oct. 26-28, 2017 at Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum, WA. Register now!

Please click here for a general schedule-at-a-glance. Click here for a brochure with detailed session information.

For up-to-date information regarding lodging, speakers, etc, please go here.

Questions? contact conference@wsasp.org

Register now for Networks for Life, which is being held 10/26/17 at the Fall Conference. This is a separate registration.

Archived Spring Lecture Series

You can now access previously aired Spring Lecture Series, dating back to 2014, for a discounted price! Please go here for more information.

Careers

The Role of the School Psychologist

The broad role of the school psychologist includes student-centered services in mental health, family and community collaboration, comprehensive evaluations, multifaceted consultation and building-level teaming. To learn more about the training and duties of school psychologists, see our About WSASP page.

Becoming a School Psychologist

The training requirements to become a school psychologist are a minimum of 60 graduate semester hours including a year-long internship. Students often graduate with an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) or Master's degree. This training emphasizes preparation in mental health, child development, school organization, learning, behavior and motivation. To work as a school psychologist, one must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which services are provided. School psychologists also may be nationally certified by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Practicing School Psychology in Washington

To become a school psychologist in the state of Washington, individuals must:

  1. Complete a master's degree with a major in school psychology*
  2. Complete a state-approved program for certification in the School Psychologist role OR have a School Psychologist certificate from another state and have completed three years' experience under that certificate. (If the other state didn't require a certificate, must have three years' experience in that role.) OR hold a NCSP Certificate issued after December 31, 1991 by the National School Psychology Certification Board.
  3. The applicant must have successfully completed a comprehensive examination of the knowledge included in the course work for the required master's degree in school psychology OR the Praxis II specialty area test (code 0401) in school psychology, administered by the Educational Testing Service and used by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP - www.nasponline.org/). The minimum passing score is 165. Please visit www.ets.org/praxis/ and select NASP from the State Testing Requirements menu. (Prior to 9/13/2008, this was test code 10400 with a passing score of 660.)

*It is not necessary for a candidate who holds a master's degree or doctorate in another field to obtain the specified master's degree if he or she has completed all course work requirements relevant to the required master's degree. Candidates who meet this criterion must submit verification of such from the head of the school counseling or school psychology department, or registrar's office of the college or university. The OSPI Certification Office is not authorized to perform transcript evaluations.

School Psychology Programs in Washington

There are currently five institutions that offer graduate programs in school psychology in the state of Washington:

 Institution Location Program Website
 Central Washington University Ellenburg, WA CWU Program Site
 Eastern Washington University (Residential) Cheney, WA EWU Program Site
 Eastern Washington University (Respecialization, Online) Online EWU Online Site
 Seattle University Seattle, WA Seattle U Program Site
 University of Washington Seattle, WA UW Program Site

Looking for a job?

One of the many benefits of WSASP membership is open access to our open position clearninghouse. School districts and agencies in Washington post their positions with us for free and members are able to see most open school psychologist listings in one location instead of searching between school district webpages. We provide information about the position, application information and paid and unpaid internship opportunities.  Members can login and access our listing here: Available Positions

Do you have a position available?

Are you a district, institution or agency looking for a highly qualified school psychologist? Please post your positions with us for free! 

Post a position on WSASP

Washington State Association of School Psychologists
PO Box 525
Cheney, WA 99004
contact@wsasp.org
509-724-1587
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