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Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP) Requirements
In order to qualify for LEP licensure, applicants must possess, at minimum, a master’s degree in psychology, educational psychology, school psychology, counseling and guidance, or a degree deemed equivalent by the Board. This degree must be obtained at a university accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies:
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
- Northwest Association of Secondary and Higher Schools
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
- New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
- North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Applicants must successfully complete 60 semester hours of postgraduate work in pupil personnel services.
Applicants must complete three years of full time experience (or the equivalent to three years of experience) working as a school psychologist. The three years of required experience may be satisfied as follows:
1. Two years of full time (or equivalent) experience as a credentialed school psychologist in public schools. This experience can be unsupervised and needs to be obtained in the most recent six years from the time a person applies for licensure.
2. A. One year of supervised professional experience in an accredited school psychology program; or ,
B. One year of full time (or equivalent) experience as a credentialed school psychologist in public schools obtained under the direction of a licensed educational psychologist or a licensed psychologist. The experience in 2A and 2B can be older than six years from the time a person applies for examination eligibility.
Example: Susan applies for LEP examination eligibility. The Board receives her application on 4/27/2008. Two years worth of experience as a credentialed school psychologist in the public schools will be accepted if obtained between 4/27/2002 and 4/27/2008 (#1 ). For the additional experience requirement (#2 ), she can claim either one year of supervised professional experience obtained in her school psychology program (#2A ) or one year of experience as a credentialed school psychologist obtained under the direction of a license educational psychologist or licensed psychologist (#2B ).
Once eligible to take the LEP Written Examination, applicants will receive a LEP Written Examination Candidate Handbook. On the back of this handbook will be the deadline by which the applicant must take the exam. An applicant must take the exam at least once a year until he or she passes.
Meeting your examination deadlines is critical. The Board will abandon your application if you fail to sit for the examination by your deadline. In order to become re-eligible, you will need to re-submit an application for examination eligibility and meet all requirements. The process of submitting a new application after abandonment can be time-consuming and stressful.
Upon passing the LEP Written Examination, the applicant will submit an application for LEP initial licensure. This application will be available at the test site center. Once the Board processes this form, the applicant will receive a LEP license number.
All applicants must be fingerprinted with the BBS. The Applicant Fingerprinting Requirements provides specific information on the fingerprinting process.