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 (non-refundable) fee; and
- Initial Application via NMPED Online Licensure Portal; and
- Official sealed transcripts with Master’s degree conferred or education specialist degree, or doctorate 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.
- Register for background/fingerprints for “Teacher Licensure”.
- $120 (non-refundable) fee 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
- Renewal Application via NMPED Online Licensure Portal; and
- Superintendent ‘s Recommendation for Continuing Licensure (Must be on School District Letterhead).
- Note: See information below regarding level 2 or level 3 renewal requirements.
- The earliest you can renew same level license is January of expiring year.
- If educator does not have additional valid licenses on file, then must register for background/fingerprints for “Teacher Licensure”.
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 for Teacher Licensure. School Employment backgrounds will not be accepted.
NMPED Correspondence with Educators:
- Consultants correspond by email. Please check your spam/junk folder.
REQUIREMENTS FOR PERSONS SEEKING LEVEL 2, SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST LICENSURE: Persons seeking level 2, school psychologist, pre k-12 licensure pursuant to the provisions of this rule shall meet the following requirements:
- a valid level 1 license with at least three full school years of school-related experience; and
- successful completion or demonstration of competencies for a level 1 school psychologist, and, and
- satisfactory completion of supervised experience as a level 1 school psychologist, consisting of a minimum of 600 internship hours and 1,200 post-internship supervised hours in a school-related setting.
REQUIREMENTS FOR PERSONS SEEKING LEVEL 3, 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 with at least three full school years of school-related experience, including 750 hours of satisfactory post-graduate experience as reported by a level 3 supervising school psychologist; and
- 60 graduate hours in a master’s or master’s plus certificate of advance graduate studies (CAGS) program, educational specialist degree, master’s or doctorate degree in school psychology from a regionally accredited college or university. The master’s CAGS and educational specialist programs shall include at least one academic year of pre-degree supervised internship experience, consisting of a minimum of 1,200 hours of which at least 600 hours must be in a school-related setting; and
- successful completion or demonstration of competencies for the school psychologist level 1 and 2 licenses;
- hold one of the following valid and current certifications or licenses:
- a license as a psychologist issued by the New Mexico board of psychology examiners;
- a license as a psychologist associate issued by the New Mexico board of psychology examiners; or
- an active nationally certified school psychologist credential issued by the national association of school psychologists.