Becoming a School Psychologist in North Carolina
Training required for School Psychologists
In North Carolina, in order to work in the schools as a school psychologist, one must have a degree (e.g., M.A., Ed.S., CAS or Ph.D.) in the field of school psychology specifically. There are five programs in NC offering different levels of degrees. They are:
School Psychology Programs in North Carolina
- Appalachian State University
- East Carolina University
- North Carolina State University
- The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Western Carolina University
- Information on psychology licensure and school psychology licensure Licensure through the NC Department of Public Instruction:
For general information
For more specific information about school psychology licensure
- Licensure through the NC Psychology Board
- Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) Certification
Job Vacancies in NC Public Schools
Salary Schedules in NC Public Schools click here:
While there is a state salary schedule, individual districts may offer a local supplement. Information about local supplements is available through the human resource departments of individual districts.
Training for School Psychologists in Traumatic Brain Injury
Since 1993, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Exceptional Children Division has maintained a registry of school psychologists who have undergone additional didactic training and case-based supervision in working with students who have had traumatic brain injury. Current Procedures indicate that school psychologists who are working with students who have had TBI must have gone through this training, and be included on the registry of school psychologists who have done so. The Exceptional Children Division periodically offers the didactic workshops for initial training, and maintains a list of approved supervisors for the case based supervision. Approved supervisors are pediatric neuropsychologists in the community who have experience working with students with TBI and with schools.
Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury
Since 1992 the North Carolina Department of Instruction has been sponsoring comprehensive professional development workshops in the area of Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury. These workshops have been divided into three major sections: Introduction and Neurological Basis (12 hours), Advanced Assessment Strategies (12 hours), and Intervention (12 hours). These didactic components or their equivalent, along with 30 hours of case-based supervision, are required for School Psychologists to be placed on the DPI Registry of Approved Providers. Within the School of Education at the University of North Carolina, we have developed a two course sequence that will permit participants to receive credit for the workshop components of this state requirement.
The first, the Neuropsychology of Childhood Exceptionality (EDUC #763), is a three credit hour course conducted by Dr. Stephen R. Hooper. This course provides an overview of brain development, brain structure and function, and neurological findings related to a wide range of disorders—including pediatric TBI. This course has been approved by the Department of Public Instruction as a replacement for the Introduction and Neurological Basis Workshop of the Pediatric TBI Workshop series. This course is offered routinely in the fall of each academic year and serves as a core requirement for a number of different degree programs.
The second, Advanced Assessment and Intervention Approaches for Students with Traumatic Brain Injury (EDUC# 871), is a three credit hour course conducted by Dr. Stephen R. Hooper. In addition to an introductory overview of key issues pertinent to pediatric TBI, the assessment component will be geared toward increasing the knowledge base of school psychologists and other professionals with respect to assessment strategies and measures for this population. Specific instruments will be showcased and couched within a theoretical neurological framework. The treatment component will focus on linking specific educational strategies to the expanded assessment findings. An overview of various approaches to rehabilitation also will be presented. This course is offered during selected summer sessions, and has been approved by the Department of Public Instruction as a replacement for the Advanced Assessment and Treatment workshops.
Where can I find a school psychologist on the TBI registry?
Exceptional Children Directors for each school district have the most current copy of the registry. For further information please contact:
Caroline Hexdall, Ph.D., School Psychology Consultant, DPI EC Division, firstname.lastname@example.org or 919.843.7049