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 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.
- 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.
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 with at least three full school years of school-related experience; 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).
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 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.
NM PED Licensure Transcripts Information
- Official Transcripts: Transcripts must be sealed and addressed to 300 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe, NM 87501 OR eScrips can be sent by the university(s) to the attention of NMPED at the following email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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