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School Psychologist First Time



For the Residency First Issue Certificate

This application is for people seeking their first tier certification for the school psychologist role.

  • Master's degree in school psychology. Must submit official transcripts showing degree
  • Completion of any state's approved program leading to certification for the school psychologist role Form 4098E
  • Three years of out of state experience in the school psychologist role - Form 4020F-1
  • Hold a valid Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential issued after December 31, 1991 by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
  • Completion of a comprehensive exam relevant to the role
  • Submission of fingerprints for a background check is required, if a valid certificate is not already on record

EXAM NOTE: 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 5402) 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 147. Please visit Praxis (www.ets.org/praxis/) and select NASP from the State Testing Requirements menu. (Prior to October, 2014, this was test code 0401 with a passing score of 165. Prior to September, 2008, this was test code 10400 with a passing score of 660.)

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

For the Professional Certificate

This application is for people seeking the second tier certification for the school psychologist role.

  • Must meet all requirements for the Residency ESA First Issue Certificate
  • Hold a valid NCSP certificate issued by the NASP
  • Must attest to completion of an issues of abuse course for more information see WAC 181-79A-030(9). This course MUST be entered into the 'PD Hours' section of your E-Certification account prior to applying
  • Must attest to completion of a suicide prevention training approved by PESB in the state of Washington within the five years previous to application Form 4020S

ISSUES OF ABUSE COURSE NOTE: The issues of abuse course or course work must include information related to identification of physical, emotional, sexual, and substance abuse; the impact on learning and behavior; the responsibilities of an educational staff associate to report abuse or to provide assistance to victimized children; and methods of teaching about abuse and its prevention.


If you have all necessary documentation to apply for this certificate, login to: E-Certification

*IMPORTANT: Please note that application fees are NOT refundable. Ensure that you select and submit the correct application. If you have questions regarding your application, please contact our office.