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:
*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:
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
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