Independent Practice Endorsement (IPE)
Background and InformationIn 1992 when the Psychology Licensure Act was passed in Indiana, Hoosier school psychologists were prohibited from practicing the profession of school psychology outside the confines of a school corporation. The Indiana Association of School Psychologists (IASP) restored Indiana school psychologists’ ability to practice as independent providers of school psychological services in 1996 by lobbying the Indiana General Legislature for a law that provided an endorsement for independent practice for school psychologists. In 2009, the process to obtain an Independent Practice Endorsement (IPE) was simplified to encourage more Indiana school psychologists to obtain private practice licensure.
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Requirements for the initial application include:
The IPE allows an Indiana school psychologist to work outside the school setting with some limitations. Unless the school psychologist has the IPE endorsement or has an HSPP (Health Service Provider in Psychology), it is against Indiana law for a school psychologist to provide any school psychology services unless hired by a school corporation. An IPE school psychologist may work independently (such as in a private practice) or may work for an organization (such as a mental health facility). Please refer to IC 20-28-12-3 for additional description of the IPE legislation and requirements.
The IPE is valid for three (3) years and is renewable. The criteria for renewal is based on the renewal requirements used by NASP for the National Certification of School Psychologists (NCSP) and consists of obtaining seventy-five (75) continuing education hours every three years. This may be obtained through completing graduate course work, attending conferences/workshops, providing in-service activities, and participating in professional state and national activities.
If you hold a current Active NCSP, renewal consists of submitting an IPE renewal application form along with a photocopy of your NCSP wallet card (both sides). If you are in the process of renewing your NCSP and you wish to renew your IPE at the same time, submit photocopies of your NCSP renewal documents with your IPE renewal forms.
Recent changes in NCSP renewal requirements include (www.nasponline.org/certification):
Renewals will be processed on the 25th of each month.
IASP serves as the contract agency with the Indiana Department of Education to process IPE applications and renewals. IPE initial application forms were changed in 2009 to reflect the new requirements. All paperwork for IPE should be submitted to IASP, 125 W. Market Street, Suite 300, Indianapolis, IN 46204.
Contact the IPE Office
Please contact the IASP office for additional information about the IPE in Indiana: