Membership

The North Carolina School Psychology Association represents nearly 400 individuals involved in, or just interested in, school psychology in North Carolina. They include school-based practitioners, graduate students, faculty, private practitioners, Department of Public Instruction employees, and other educators. Member benefits include access to professional development across a variety of topics, monthly subscription to our online newsletter, legislative representation via a lobbyist, leadership opportunities, and much more!

Become a member today! Simply complete the online application, selecting the membership category that best describes you, and pay the associated dues. By joining our association you agree to our Bylaws. We will contact you if we have any questions.


Categories of Membership

Full Membership: Full Members shall have voting and office holding privileges. Once Full Member status has been established, that status shall not be altered due to change in work setting or job description during that membership year. Upon application, exceptions to the above will be considered by the Membership Manager.

  1. Practitioner. A type of Full Membership open to residents of, or employees within, North Carolina, who:
    • has a minimum of a Master’s degree in school psychology or education, or are a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP), and are certified by a state department of education in school psychology and/or by the NC Psychology Board, and are delivering psychological services in North Carolina, or
    • have faculty status in an approved school psychology program and are involved for a portion of their time in the training of school psychologists.
  1. Emeritus Member. A type of Full Membership open to individuals who attest that they do not anticipate being employed as school psychologists, full- or part-time, in any setting, during the membership year.
  2. Patron Member. A type of Full Membership open to individuals who wish to support the Association with an additional financial contribution.
  3. Transitional Member. A type of Full Membership open to school psychologists in North Carolina during their first year of practice following graduate school.

Other Types of Membership

  1. Associate Member. This category of membership is open to individuals who:
    • would be eligible as a Full Member except they are employed and reside outside of North Carolina, or
    • are professionally trained in a related field such as Clinical Psychology, Counseling or Social Work. Associate Members shall not have voting or office holding privileges.
  2. Affiliate Member. This category of membership is open to individuals who have an interest in school psychology, but do not qualify as full members or associate members as defined above. Affiliate members shall not have voting or office holding privileges.
  3. Graduate Student Member. This category of membership is open to individuals enrolled in a college or university graduate program for the study of School Psychology or Education. The student must be considered to have full-time status. Graduate Student Members shall not have voting or office holding privileges.
  4. Undergraduate Student Member. This category of membership is open to individuals enrolled in a college or university program and has an interest in School Psychology. The student must be considered to have full-time status. Undergraduate Student Members shall not have voting or office holding privileges.
  5. Honorary Member. Individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the profession of School Psychology may be nominated by any member of the Association for honorary membership. Such nominations shall be made in writing to the Membership Manager and must be confirmed by a majority vote of the Executive Board. Honorary members shall have voting and office holding privileges only if they meet the requirements for Full Member status. Honorary members will not pay dues.
  6. Corporate Member. This category of membership is open to non-profit and for-profit companies that have an interest in promoting school psychology practice and who wish to support the work of the Association. Corporate members shall not have voting or office holding privileges.

C. Institutional membership is designed to assist Local Education Authorities (LEAs) with developing, supporting, and sustaining the professional practices of all student service personnel, especially school psychologists. NCSPA offers opportunities for professional development for all student services personnel, recognizes the work of individuals and LEAs, and emphasizes leadership development. Institutional membership exemplifies a commitment to continued professional learning and networking, a message that is appreciated by current and prospective employees. Benefits of institutional membership are comprehensive, and are designed to benefit the LEA as well as the individual member.

Benefits – In addition to the benefits enjoyed by individual members of NCSPA

  • Institutional Members are eligible to have job opportunities posted directly on the NCSPA website and in the monthly newsletter
  • Institutional Members have the opportunity to host NCSPA Drive-ins to support Professional Development of all members
  • Institutional Members enjoy exclusive opportunities during the Fall Conference, such as complimentary interview space, recognition in the Program Book, and discounts on exhibiting fees.

Criteria – To qualify for Institutional Membership, an LEA must purchase at least 10 memberships:

  • Practitioner memberships are available for school psychologists
  • Affiliate memberships are available for school counselors and school social workers.
  • Associate memberships are available for other school personnel such as school nurses, MTSS Coordinators, Principals, etc.

Any written correspondence can be mailed to:

NCSPA
PO Box 12661
Durham, NC 27709

or you may also email any questions/comments

Please note: NCSPA’s membership year runs from August 1 to July 31. Dues cannot be prorated. Please be advised that NCSPA dues are not deductible for federal income tax purposes.