School Psychology

Earning Credentials

Graduate students walking on campus.The University of Southern Maine (USM) School Psychology program qualifies graduates to apply for state and national credentialing as school psychologists, which permits delivery of the full scope of school psychology services.

Graduates of the master’s program are eligible to apply for the following credentials:   

  • State Certification as a School Psychologist: Graduates are eligible to apply for state certification as a School Psychologist-Specialist (093) through the Maine Department of Education (MDOE).  
  • National Certification as a School Psychologist: Graduates are eligible to apply for national certification as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) through the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
    • By the end of their internship year, students must submit a portfolio that provides evidence of mastery of knowledge and skills across all tens domains of practice established by NASP. When applying to NASP for NCSP certification, our graduates can submit this same portfolio.
    • As part of NASP standards, students must earn a qualifying score of 147 on the Praxis® School Psychologist Examination. We recommend that students take the Praxis Exam during their final internship year.
  • Graduates who complete 2-3 additional courses and complete qualifying supervised experiences are eligible to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Examination®.

Graduates of the doctoral program are eligible to apply for the following credentials:   

  • State Certification as a School Psychologist: Graduates are eligible to apply for state certification as a School Psychologist-Specialist (093) through the Maine Department of Education (MDOE).  
  • National Certification as a School Psychologist: Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for national certification as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) through the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
    • By the end of their internship year, students must submit a portfolio that provides evidence of mastery of knowledge and skills across all tens domains of practice established by NASP. When applying to NASP for NCSP certification, our graduates can submit this same portfolio.
    • As part of NASP standards, students must earn a qualifying score of 147 on the Praxis® School Psychologist Examination, which addresses the ten domains of practice established by NASP. We recommend that students take the Praxis Exam during their final internship year.
  • Graduates who complete an acceptable post-doctoral internship also are eligible to apply for licensure as a psychologist within Maine and many other states.
  • Graduates who complete 3 additional courses and complete qualifying supervised experiences are eligible to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Examination®.