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SECTION 4989.20-4989.28

4989.20.  (a) The board may issue a license as an educational
psychologist if the applicant satisfies, with proof satisfactory to
the board, the following requirements:
   (1) Possession of, at minimum, a master's degree in psychology,
educational psychology, school psychology, counseling and guidance,
or a degree deemed equivalent by the board. This degree shall be
obtained from an educational institution approved by the board
according to the regulations adopted under this chapter.
   (2) Attainment of 18 years of age.
   (3) No commission of an act or crime constituting grounds for
denial of licensure under Section 480.
   (4) Successful completion of 60 semester hours of postgraduate
work in pupil personnel services.
   (5) Two years of full-time, or the equivalent to full-time,
experience as a credentialed school psychologist in the public
schools. The applicant shall not be credited with experience obtained
more than six years prior to filing the application for licensure.
   (6) One of the following:
   (A) One year of supervised professional experience in an
accredited school psychology program.
   (B) In addition to the requirements of paragraph (5), one year of
full-time, or the equivalent to full-time, experience as a
credentialed school psychologist in the public schools obtained under
the direction of a licensed educational psychologist or a licensed
   (7) Passage of an examination specified by the board.

4989.22.  (a) Only persons who satisfy the requirements of Section
4989.20 are eligible to take the licensure examination.
   (b) An applicant who fails the written examination may, within one
year from the notification date of failure, retake the examination
as regularly scheduled without further application. Thereafter, the
applicant shall not be eligible for further examination until he or
she files a new application, meets all current requirements, and pays
all fees required.
   (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the board may
destroy all examination materials two years after the date of an
   (d) The board shall not deny any applicant, whose application for
licensure is complete, admission to the standard written examination,
nor shall the board postpone or delay any applicant's standard
written examination or delay informing the candidate of the results
of the standard written examination, solely upon the receipt by the
board of a complaint alleging acts or conduct that would constitute
grounds to deny licensure.
   (e) If an applicant for examination who has passed the standard
written examination is the subject of a complaint or is under board
investigation for acts or conduct that, if proven to be true, would
constitute grounds for the board to deny licensure, the board shall
permit the applicant to take the clinical vignette written
examination for licensure, but may withhold the results of the
examination or notify the applicant that licensure will not be
granted pending completion of the investigation.
   (f) Notwithstanding Section 135, the board may deny any applicant
who has previously failed either the standard written or clinical
vignette written examination permission to retake either examination
pending completion of the investigation of any complaint against the
applicant. Nothing in this section shall prohibit the board from
denying an applicant admission to any examination, withholding the
results, or refusing to issue a license to any applicant when an
accusation or statement of issues has been filed against the
applicant pursuant to Section 11503 or 11504 of the Government Code,
or the applicant has been denied in accordance with subdivision (b)
of Section 485.

4989.24.  The board shall not issue a license to a person who has
been convicted of a crime in this or any other state or in a
territory of the United States that involves sexual abuse of children
or who is required to register pursuant to Section 290 of the Penal
Code or the equivalent in another state or territory.

4989.26.  The board may refuse to issue a license to an applicant if
it appears he or she may be unable to practice safely due to mental
illness or chemical dependency. The procedures set forth in Article
12.5 (commencing with Section 820) of Chapter 1 shall apply to a
denial of a license pursuant to this section.

4989.28.  The board may deny an application for licensure if the
applicant is or has been guilty of unprofessional conduct as
described in Section 4989.54.