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  • 09/26/2022 6:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    September 26, 2022


    Response to Proposed PSB Emergency Certification Revisions

    The Delaware Association of School Psychologist’s (DASP) Executive Board holds significant concerns regarding the proposed PSB regulations for emergency certification of school psychologists.  We believe the proposed revisions will prematurely put school psychologist candidates into positions they are not yet fully prepared for or equipped to handle. Consequently, we suggest consideration for revised criteria for emergency certification.

     

    Justification:

    We believe in the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) standardized and long-standing requirements for coursework, practicum, and internship to produce competent school psychologists, outlined in NASP’s Professionals Standards (2020).  If the proposed language is implemented, candidates would theoretically be eligible for emergency certification after receiving only half of the typically required coursework. Using the school psychology program at the University of Delaware as an example, this could potentially occur after only one year of a three year graduate program. These candidates would be missing over a year or more of essential and highly specialized coursework including two of their three practicum experiences; consequently, crucial skills would be absent. For example, it would be unlikely that candidates have received training and supervision in risk and threat assessment, and they would not be fully versed and experienced in professional duties such as administering psycho-educational evaluations, completing functional behavioral assessments, providing consultation to ensure student and staff safety, and working with students in individual and/or group-based counseling.  In summary, at the proposed juncture of emergency certification at 50% of coursework completion to school psychologist preparation program and skill acquisition sequence, candidates would not be sufficiently capable to perform the job of a school psychologist. 


    Proposed Revision Criteria:

    In accordance with the 2020 NASP Practice Model and Standards (p.34), DASP proposes that the candidate should only be considered eligible for emergency certification as a School Psychologist at the start of their training program’s culminating field experience, often referred to as the internship. Candidates would only be eligible for emergency certification after they have completed all required practicum experiences and coursework, and would be expected to continue to receive supervision consistent with the standards in their graduate training program throughout that culminating field experience.  


    Conclusion and Collaboration:

    We understand the significant shortages in the field necessitating the proposed emergency certification; however, moving unprepared individuals into Delaware schools is a short-term and potentially hazardous solution. Our proposed revision would allow qualified school psychology interns to receive emergency certification, potentially helping to address shortages in the state. In turn, the promise of full-time pay and benefits during the internship year could be a powerful tool to recruit prospective school psychologists. We welcome the opportunity to discuss this proposed revision as well as collaborate on other solutions to shortages in the field.

  • 05/28/2022 12:53 PM | Anonymous member

    See below for current postings in the Appoquinimink School District, including 5 added school psychologist positions with signing bonuses!

    • Supervisor of Special Education  Compliance (PK-12). Please click the link for more information about this vacancy.
    • Coordinator of Secondary Special Education (Instruction). Please click the link for more information about this vacancy.
    • School Psychologist for Lorewood Grove Elementary - 2022-23 - $5,000 Signing Bonus. Please click the link for more information about this vacancy.
    • School Psychologist for Redding Middle School- 2022-23 - $5,000 Signing Bonus. Please click the link for more information about this vacancy.
    • School Psychologist - Shared Schools – Odessa High and Cantwell’s Bridge Middle - 2022-23 - $5,000 Signing Bonus. Please click the link for more information about this vacancy.
    • School Psychologist - Shared Schools – Waters Middle and Redding Middle - 2022-23 - $5,000 Signing Bonus. Please click the link for more information about this vacancy.
    • School Psychologist - Shared Schools – Bunker Hill and Meredith Middle - 2022-23 - $5,000 Signing Bonus. Please click the link for more information about this vacancy.
  • 05/27/2022 9:42 AM | Anonymous member

    Congratulations to Rosa DiPiazza, Milford School District School Psychologist (and DASP GPR Co-Chair), for being named Delaware's inaugural 2022 Behavior Health Professional of the Year!

    Read all about it in a recent Delaware Department of Education article.


  • 05/10/2022 12:09 PM | Anonymous member

    There is a vacancy in the NCCVT School District for the 2022-2023 school year. Check out the district website for more details!

  • 02/27/2022 2:23 PM | Anonymous member

    DASP is seeking nominations for the following awards:

    • Delaware School Psychologist of the Year (SPOTY)

    • Outstanding Advocate

    • Friend of DASP

    Check out our Award Nominations page for more information!

  • 11/22/2021 6:47 PM | Anonymous member

    Tenure Track Faculty Position, School Psychology

    The School of Education (SOE) at the University of Delaware invites applications for an outstanding scholar and teacher in School Psychology. This 9-month tenure track faculty position is open rank (Assistant, Associate, or Professor level). The start date of the position is September 1, 2022.

    Click here for more information!

  • 07/08/2019 1:22 PM | Anonymous
    • Contracted Services for School Psychologist in the Prison Education Program
    • Work:  Psycho-educational evaluations and assessments, consultative meetings and report development for student with Special Needs at Howard R. Young Correctional Institution (Wilmington, DE)  and Dolores Baylor Women’s Correctional Center (New Castle, DE)
    • Reports to:  Teacher/Supervisor of the Howard R Young Prison Education Program and Teacher/Supervisor of the Baylor Prison Education Program
    • Dates of Work:    Approximately July 15, 2019  to June 30, 2020 on an as needed basis
    • Contract Not To Exceed:  $8,000 (including OECs where applicable)
    • Date for Application: July 30, 2019
    • Submit Resume and Letter of Intent toMaureen.Whelan@doe.k12.de.us under the subject line “HRYCI School Psychologist”
    • Description of Work:  Psycho-evaluations and assessments, consultations and report development for Level 5 offenders at Howard R Young and Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution
    • Requirements:  Must be a currently licensed school psychologist; possession of DOC clearance is preferred.
    Any questions regarding this contract can be directed to the Young Teacher/Supervisor Darrell.miller@state.de.us
  • 05/11/2019 9:56 PM | Anonymous

    A school psychologist position is available within NCC Vo-Tech School District. Great district and friendly people to work with! If you or anyone you know is interested, please visit our website and feel free to send Ellen Flanagan an email with any questions. ellenfb@verizon.net or ellen.flanagan@nccvt.k12.de.us

  • 03/25/2019 12:11 PM | Anonymous
    2019 School Psychologist.pdf

    MOT Charter is hiring a K-12 school psychologist for part time/flexible hours (25 hours per week)! Please click the link above to see a full job description.

  • 11/03/2018 9:35 PM | Anonymous
    A school psychologist position JUST became available at Delcastle Technical High School in the NCCVT School District. The new hire will join the current full-time school psychologist, Ellen Flanagan Burns. Great district and friendly people to work with! If you or anyone you know is interested, please feel free to send Ellen an email with any questions. Send any inquiries to ellenfb@verizon.net or ellen.flanagan@nccvt.k12.de.us

     

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