ERIC Number: EJ1029759
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
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Training, Degrees, and Credentials in the Hiring of School Psychologists
O'donnell, Patrick S.; Dunlap, Linda L.
Psychology in the Schools, v51 n6 p608-624 Jul 2014
A national sample of 246 Directors of Pupil Personnel Services and Directors of Special Education were surveyed to assess the importance they place on training, degrees, and credentials in the hiring of school psychologists. High, but varying, levels of importance were found for the content knowledge and skill areas in the National Association of School Psychologists Standards for Graduate Preparation of School Psychologists. Participants indicated that the specialist degree with less than 10 years of experience was the preferred qualification for school psychologist applicants. Greater importance was placed on the Nationally Certified School Psychologist credential than State Board of Examiners in Psychology (SBEP) licensure, with variations in importance for SBEP licensure between states that do versus do not allow independent practice for nondoctoral school psychologists. Implications of this research for school psychologists and training, as well as limitations of the study, are discussed.
Descriptors: School Psychologists, Pupil Personnel Services, Special Education, Administrators, National Surveys, Credentials, Academic Degrees, Professional Training, Employment Qualifications, Counselor Certification, National Standards, State Standards
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