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Licensing

Licensure Methods and Exam Requirements 

You should not submit your application until you are ready for licensure. That means that the education, experience, and a passing score on the examination have already been completed.

Methods of Application 

There are four methods of application for licensure as a school psychologist in Florida. Please note that holding licensure in another state does not mandate one method over another. You must consider the process for each method and determine the best method of application for your qualifications and circumstances.

Examination: This method means you are applying for licensure based on education, experience and examination in compliance with the laws and rules.

Endorsement of ABPP Diplomate Status: This method means you are applying based on possession of diplomate status in good standing with the American Board of Professional Psychology, Inc.

Endorsement of Licensure in another State: You are not required to use this method if licensed in another state. However, it is an option that may be used by someone who holds an active, valid license or certificate as a school psychologist in another state, provided that when such license was secured, the requirements were substantially equivalent to or more stringent than those in Florida at that time. If no Florida law existed at that time, then the requirements in the other state must have been substantially equivalent to or more stringent that those currently required by Florida Statutes. Your personal qualifications are not considered when applying by this method. The Department makes its determination of eligibility for licensure solely on the law to law comparison. Please see section 490.006, F.S.

Endorsement of 20 Years of Licensed Psychologist Experience: To apply for this method of licensure, the statute requires that the applicant possess a doctoral degree in psychology as defined in section 490.003, F.S., and has at least 20 years of experience as a licensed psychologist in any jurisdiction or territory of the United States within 25 years preceding the date of application. This method requires a doctoral degree in psychology from an APA accredited program.

Statute and Rule References 

Specific licensure requirements can be found at sections 490.005 and 490.006, Florida Statutes, and Rule 64B21-500, Florida Administrative Code.

Education 

Completion of graduate level school psychology education as outlined in Rule 64B21-500.009, Florida Administrative Code.

CE Requirements for Initial Licensure
Applicants are required to complete two (2) hours of prevention of medical errors education for initial licensure. The course can be completed by home study. For a list of CE Providers, please visit CEBroker.com

Experience 

Successful completion of three years of school psychology experience:

  • One (1) year of experience consists of 1500 hours within twelve (12) consecutive months.
  • Two (2) years of the three (3) year requirement shall consist of supervised experience.
  • All supervised experience shall be performed by a certified or licensed school psychologist in any jurisdiction or a licensed psychologist.
  • The third year can consist of general experience.
  • Doctoral internships may be applied toward the supervision requirement.
  • Non-doctoral internships, which are part of the education requirement, do not count toward the supervised or general experience requirement.

Examination 

Applicants applying by examination must successfully pass the PRAXIS II School Psychology examination given by Educational Testing Service (ETS). You may contact ETS at (609) 771-7395 or www.ets.org. The current test code is 5402. To have your score electronically submitted to our office from ETS, use destination code R7114.

Minimum Passing Scores
Exam taken from September 2014 to Present: 147
Exam taken between September 2008 – August 2014: 165
Exam taken prior to September 2008: 660

Fees 

Non-refundable application processing fee $175.00
Initial licensure fee $175.00
Unlicensed activity fee $ 5.00
Total application fee to be submitted $355.00

Make checks, cashier’s check, or money orders payable to the Department of Health. Applicants must submit $355.00 to the Department of Health regardless of application method.

The mailing address for applicants to send applications with fees is:

Department of Health
P.O. Box 6330
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6330