A school psychology license authorizes a school psychologist to practice in a school-related setting. The licenses cannot be used to provide service outside a school-related setting.
- $150 fee, cashier’s check or money order; and
- Initial Application; and
- Official sealed transcripts with Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree conferred or education specialist degree from a regionally accredited college or university; and
- 60 graduate hours in school psychology (which may be completed as part of a Master’s or education specialist degree or in addition to the Master’s degree); or
- Doctoral Degree in School Psychology that includes 12 semester hours of child-focused course work in development, assessment and intervention. And 600 hours of supervised experience in a school related setting; or
- Possess a psychologist or psychologist associate license issued by the NM Board of Psychologist Examiners that includes 12 semester hours of child-focused course work in development, assessment, and intervention and 600 hours of supervised experience in a school-related setting; and
- Passage of the following PRAXIS: School Psychologist or
- Possess a certificate issued by the National Association of School Psychologists.
- $120 fee, cashier’s check or money order will be valid for a one year grace period for level 2 or 3 (from time of expiration). If the expiration date exceeds the grace period a $150.00 would apply; and
- Application for NM Continuing Licensure; and
- Superintendent ‘s Recommendation for Continuing Licensure (Must be on School District Letterhead).
- See information below regarding level 2 or level 3 renewal requirements.
Your application will be returned if:
- The application is not completely filled out, lacking a signature/date; or
- The money order is not completely filled out or signed. The Professional Licensure Bureau does not accept other forms of payment.
Delay of application:
- Your application is lacking supporting documents listed in the above check list.
- If your license(s) has expired (and you do not have additional valid licenses on file), and your background was completed 24 months or more, you will need to complete a new background.
NM PED Correspondence with Educators:
- Consultants correspond by email; please check your spam/junk folder.
REQUIREMENTS FOR PERSONS SEEKING LEVEL 2, INDEPENDENT SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST LICENSURE: Persons seeking level 2, independent school psychologist, pre k-12 licensure pursuant to the provisions of this rule shall meet the following requirements:
- a valid level 1 license; and
- successful completion or demonstration of competencies for an entry level school psychologist, and
- satisfactory completion of 2400 hours of supervised experience (i.e., minimum of 600 internship hours and 1200 post internship supervised hours in a school-related setting); and
- one of the following valid and current certifications or licenses:
- a license as a psychologist issued by the New Mexico board of psychology examiners; or
- a license as a psychologist associate issued by the New Mexico board of psychology examiners; or a license as a licensed professional clinical mental health counselor issued by the New Mexico counseling and therapy practice board; or current school psychologist certification by the national association of school psychologist.
REQUIREMENTS FOR PERSONS SEEKING LEVEL 3, INDEPENDENT SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST LICENSURE: Persons seeking level 3, clinical supervising school psychologist, pre k-12 licensure pursuant to the provisions of this rule shall meet the following requirements:
- a valid level 2 license; and
- doctoral degree in psychology from a regionally accredited college or university; the doctoral program shall include at least one academic year of pre-doctoral supervised internship experience, consisting of a minimum of 1500 hours at least 750 hours of which must be in a school-related setting, or post-doctoral supervised experience consisting of a minimum of 1500 hours of which at least 750 hours of which must be in a school-related setting; and successful completion or demonstration of competencies for an entry level school psychologist; and
- successful completion or demonstration of competencies for the independent school psychologist license, and
- a valid psychologist license/certificate issued by the New Mexico board of psychologist examiners, or current school psychologist certification issued by the national association of school psychologists; and
- two academic years of full-time satisfactory post-graduate work experience in a school-related setting(s) including 750 hours of satisfactory experience in diagnosing and treating children with emotional disturbances and/or behavior disorders in a school-related setting as reported by a supervising school psychologist.
NM PED Licensure Transcripts Information
- Official Transcripts: Transcripts must be sealed and addressed to 300 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe, NM 87501 OR E-scripts can be sent by the university(s) to the attention of NMPED at the following email address email@example.com.
- Official Foreign Transcripts Evaluations: Transcripts must be sealed and addressed to 300 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (we only accept mailed foreign transcripts evaluation).
- All foreign transcripts need to have a course-by-course evaluation completed. Click Here for a list of evaluators who are members of the Foreign Transcript Evaluation Services (NCAES). The Public Education Department does not require nor recommend NACES listed service members be used. There is no “official” organization or regulatory body for foreign credential interpretation or evaluation methodology in the US. It is based on commonly-developed and agreed standards of good practice.
All fees submitted are non-refundable