Students who have completed all requirements for a Education Specialists degree, plus a 1500 hours internship and successful completion of the PRAXIS exam in school psychology, are eligible to apply for State licensure as a School Psychologist. This process must be initiated by the student. Applications are available form the department's administrative assistant. Licensure is granted through the Utah State Office of Education. The majority of students who complete degrees in School Psychology apply for this license, in fact, this is required if students want to work in Utah schools.
Students who have completed a Ph.D. degree, and have completed all required field work (e.g., a 4000 total hour supervised pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral supervised fellowship) can apply to take the Psychology Licensure exam. Students must initiate this on their own through the State of Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL). Current psychology licensing laws for the State of Utah may be found at the DOPL website. In Utah, additional supervised internship hours beyond those required for the degree (i.e., 2000 hours) may be documented and accumulated prior to the completion of other degree requirements only if they are post-Education Specialists and meet the standards for supervision, etc. Note that 1000 of the hours must be "mental health" hours (e.g., direct service to clients/students). All supervision must be by a licensed psychologist eligible by the State to supervise (i.e., licensed for 2 or more years). APA accreditation standards also require two hours of face to face individual supervision each week. The majority of our program graduates are licensed as Psychologists in the State of Utah or other states.