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Licensed Educational Psychologist

Information for Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP) Applicants

  • Obtain a Qualifying Master’s Degree
    • Master’s degree in psychology, school psychology, counseling and guidance, or a degree equivalent determined by the Board, obtained at a university accredited by one of the 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 personal services
  • Live Scan
  • Pass Criminal Background Check
    • Applicants are required to report all misdemeanor and felony convictions with a few minor exceptions
    • Applicants must disclose convictions, even if previously reported to the Board
    • Failure to report is considered falsification of an application, and is grounds for denial
    • Evaluation of the applicant’s criminal history is part of the application process
    • Additional information
  • Complete Experience Requirements

    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:

    • 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.
    • AND

    • One of the Following:
      • One year of supervised professional experience in an accredited school psychology program (can be older than six years from the time the person applies for examination eligibility)
      • OR

      • One year of full time (or equivalent) experience as a credential school psychologist in public schools obtained under the direction of a licensed educational psychologist or a licensed psychologist. (can be older than six years from the time the person applies for examination eligibility)
  • Take and Pass the LEP Written Exam
  • Obtain official LEP license

    Applicants must request license after passing the LEP Written Exam

California law requires experience as a credentialed school psychologist to qualify for licensure as an educational psychologist. The list below identifies those accredited universities in California, that offer a degree and credential in School Psychology. The Board does not publish a list of schools with LEP programs, which are based outside of California, online or otherwise.