Who is a School Psychologist in Pennsylvania?
School psychologists in Pennsylvania are trained to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. The collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community for all students.
School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education, completing a minimum of a specialist degree program (at least 60 graduate semester hours) that includes a year-long supervised internship. Many school psychologists in Pennsylvania also have doctorate degrees.
School psychology training emphasizes preparation in mental health and educational interventions, child development, learning behavior, motivation, curriculum and instruction, assessment, consultation, collaboration, school and mental health law, and systems.
School psychologists are certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. They may also be nationally certified by the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB). Additionally, some doctoral level school psychologists may also be licensed by the State Board of Psychology.
All school psychologists follow the ethical and training standards for practice and service delivery set forth by ASPP's national affiliate the National Association of School Psychologists. (www.nasponline.org/index.aspx)