En Route Master of Science in Psychology
Candidates enrolled in the Psy.D. program in school psychology may earn as an intermediate degree, the master of science in psychology. The curriculum for this degree consists of all courses (or their equivalents) including practicum and supervision in the first two years of the model doctoral curriculum (minimum of 73 credit hours). Courses transferred into Nova Southeastern University's doctoral program do not count toward this degree.
Graduates with this degree will not have met the educational requirements for certification or licensure in the State of Florida and should not expect to provide psychological services as an independent practitioner. Rather, this degree should be utilized by the Psy.D. candidate to demonstrate master's level achievement in psychology or to qualify for a master's level of employment. Candidates completing the above requirements may complete a degree application form and pay the required fee; however, they may not participate in the master's graduation ceremony.
En-Route Specialist Degree in School Psychology
Candidates admitted to and enrolled in the Psy.D. program in school psychology who have completed 73 credit hours in the Specialist Program in School Psychology (Psy.S.) at Nova Southeastern University may earn, as an intermediate degree, the specialist degree in school psychology. The curriculum for this degree consists of all courses (or their equivalents), additional requirements as listed in the Specialist Program in School Psychology Policies and Procedures Handbook, and the successful completion of six (6) school psychology internship credits and a minimum of 1200 hours in a PK-12 school setting.
Candidates are admitted to the Doctor of Psychology program in School Psychology annually, with cohorts beginning in the fall semester. All candidates are expected to complete their doctoral program and graduate within seven years from the date of first enrollment. Candidates must complete the 118 credits of graduate curriculum, which includes applied practicum experiences, the Directed Study, and a doctoral internship. In addition, candidates are required to sit for and to pass Florida Teacher Certification Examination – Subject Area Test in School Psychology and the Praxis II School Psychologist Test (5402) (A passing score of 147 is required for graduation).
School psychologists holding the doctoral degree in psychology are eligible for licensure as a psychologist. Requirements include a doctoral degree in psychology; supervised experience which includes a doctoral internship and a post-doctoral residency; a passing score on the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP); and completion of specific requirements designated within each state. Licensure allows for employment in private practice, hospitals, and community agencies.
Florida is one of approximately 10 states that credentials school psychologists for independent practice who hold the specialist degree (or its equivalent). Licensure requirements include three years of supervised experience as a school psychologist and a passing score of 147 on the Praxis II School Psychologist Test (5402).
School psychologists are also eligible for certification in 43 of the 50 states by the Department of Education (DOE) as a professional educator to provide school psychological services in public, private, or charter schools. Certification in school psychology can occur at either the specialist or doctoral level. Professionals who hold the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential are eligible for certification in 31 states.
Licensure and certification requirements vary from state-to-state. Candidates are advised to research those requirements in advance of completion of their degree to ensure that they have the requisite coursework for licensure and certification in the state in which intend to seek employment.