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Professional Standards and Training

National Association of School Psychologists – Practice Model

The NASP Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services, also known as the NASP Practice Model, represents NASP's official policy regarding the delivery of school psychological services. It delineates what services can reasonably be expected from school psychologists across 10 domains of practice, and the general framework within which services should be provided. The recommended ratio for schools implementing this comprehensive model is one school psychologist to 500-700 students. Implementation of the NASP Practice Model creates the capacity to make the best, most cost-effective use of school psychologists' skills and expertise, which are an existing but sometimes underutilized resource in schools. The Practice Model allows flexibility for agencies and professionals to develop policies and procedures that meet local needs, while also providing sufficient specificity to ensure appropriate, comprehensive service provision.

NC Professional School Psychology Standards

The North Carolina School Psychology Standards are aligned with the NASP Practice Model and serve as a guide for school psychologists as they continue to improve their effectiveness. Therefore, it is imperative for the school psychologist to provide services as part of a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary team with complimentary knowledge, skills, and experiences.

The NC School Psychology Standards will:

  1. Guide the development of the skills and knowledge germane to the school psychology profession in the twenty-first century;
  2. Provide the focus for schools and districts as they employ, support, monitor, and evaluate their school psychologists; and,
  3. Assist higher education programs in aligning the content and requirements of school psychology education curricula with expectations for practice

Click here to view the standards, (pdf, 350kb)

Training Requirements for School Psychologists

In North Carolina, in order to gain employment with a local education agency (school or district) as a school psychologist, one must complete an approved graduate training program in school psychology. There are five programs in NC offering different levels of degrees (listed below).

NC School Psychology Training Programs

Appalachian State University

East Carolina University

North Carolina State University

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Doctoral Program

Western Carolina University

Licensure/Certification Information

Information on school psychology licensure through the NC Department of Public Instruction:
For general information
For more specific information about school psychology licensure

Additional psychology licensure information and national certification:
Licensure through the NC Psychology Board

Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) Credential


Job Vacancies in NC Public Schools

Salary Schedules in NC Public Schools
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.

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