School Psychology

The American Board of School Psychology (ABSP) is a member board of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). The ABPP oversees and authorizes the credentialing activities of thirteen specialty boards. The ABSP is responsible for establishing criteria related to the definition and requirements for education, training, competencies, and the examination, which leads to Board Certification in School Psychology. The ABSP is governed by a Board of six Directors who are certified in School Psychology and are representative of the specialty on a national basis.


The Board, in association with the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), is responsible for conducting Board examinations in the specialty of School Psychology, mentoring and training examiners, and awarding the Diploma in School Psychology. Board Certification by ABSP, is intended to certify that the successful candidate has completed the educational, training and experience requirements of the specialty, including an examination designed to assess the competencies required to provide quality services in the specialty of School Psychology. The primary objective of the ABSP Board Certification process is to recognize, certify, and promote competence in the specialty.


School psychology is a general practice and health service provider specialty of professional psychology. School psychologists apply the science and practice of psychology to youth, families, learners of all ages, and the schooling process. School psychology practice promotes the protection and fosters the promotion of the educational and personal development of students. The practice of school psychology includes psychological and psycho-educational evaluation, individual/group/family intervention with students and parents, health promotion, consultation with educators and parents, program development and evaluation, and research. School psychologists intervene at the individual and system levels to develop, implement, and evaluate preventive programs. School psychologists practice in public and private schools, clinics and hospitals, forensic settings, universities and in independent practice.




Board certification assures the public and the profession that the School Psychology Specialist has successfully completed the education, training, and experience requirements of the specialty, and through an examination has provided evidence of the competencies required to provide quality services in School Psychology. Specialties, by definition, are advanced levels of practice including doctoral and/or post-doctoral preparation with three or more years of qualifying experience.


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