The professional supervision of educational administrators, teachers and campus support personnel is imperative in improving schools and overall student success.
Benefits of Professional Supervision
Professional supervisions is a valuable career tool for school psychologists. As outlined by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) in the Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services, also known as the NASP Practice Model, functional benefits of professional supervision include its ability to:
- Enhance career growth for practicing school psychologists
- Provide effective services to children at school: academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally
- Improve competence and well-being of children
- Promote effective and safe learning environments
- Prevent academic and behavior problems
- Boost the quality of responses to crises in the classroom
- Improvement of family interaction in collaboration with the school system
- Encourage the acceptance of diversity among students at school
Professional Supervisor Requirements
All professional supervisors are required to be a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) under the NASP’s Standards for the Credentialing of School Psychologists. The NASP’s rigorous established standards include fulfillment of the following credentials:
- Standards for Graduate Preparation of School Psychologists
- Standards for the Credentialing of School Psychologists
- Principles for Professional Ethics
- Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services
NCSP Application Information & Candidate Requirements
Apply for the NCSP! Become a professional supervisor just in time for the upcoming school year! Basic candidate requirements include the fulfillment of:
- Coursework Requirements – Consisting of applicant completion of School Psychology Graduate Degree with at least 60 graduate semester/90 quarter hours. According to the NCSP Eligibility webpage, at least 54 graduate semester/81 quarter hours must be exclusive of credit for the supervised internship experience.
- Supervision Experience – Completed prior to and exclusive of the internship.
- Internship – 1,200 hours in a school setting. Documentation required. Click here for more information.
- Praxis Test – Must achieve a score of 147 or better to qualify. Applicants who took the exam between 2008 and 2014 must have achieved a passing score of 165 or higher. Those who took the test prior to its revision in September 2008 must have achieved a passing score of 660 or higher. Test scores older than 10 years are considered expired.
- Application Window - Effective January 1, 2016, individuals applying for the NCSP credential as a graduate of a NASP-approved program must submit their applications within 10 years of completing the program.
Career Opportunities for School Psychologists
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***Information from this article was retrieved from the NASP website via the following links: