NCSPP Educational Model Requirements

National Council of Schools and
Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) Educational Model Requirements

NCSPP Traditional Core Curriculum:
  • Biological Bases of Behavior
  • Cognitive-affective Bases of Behavior
  • Cultural Bases of Behavior Including Diversity and Multiculturalism
  • Dysfunctional Behavior and Psychopathology
  • Historical and Philosophical Context of Psychology
  • Life Span Development
  • Professional Ethics and Standards
  • Psychological Measurement
  • Social Bases of Behavior
  • Theories of Individual and Systems Functioning and Change
NCSPP Core Competencies:
  • Relationship Competency
  • Assessment Competency
  • Intervention Competency
  • Research and Evaluation Competency
  • Consultation and Education Competency
  • Management and Supervision Competency
  • Diversity

Comparison of NCSPP Requirements with
American Psychological Association Accreditation Requirements:

APA has moved toward an outcome-based accreditation process, however, they identify areas to which students must be “exposed.” The educational experiences associated with the NCSPP educational model overlap with the APA accreditation requirements as you can see below.

  • Biological Aspects of Behavior
  • Cognitive and Affective Aspects of Behavior
  • Social Aspects of Behavior
  • History and Systems of Psychology
  • Psychological Measurement
  • Research Methodology, Techniques of Data Analysis and Evaluating the Efficacy of Interventions
  • Individual Differences
  • Human Development
  • Dysfunctional Behavior or Psychopathology
  • Professional Standards and Ethics
  • Theories and Methods of Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Effective Interventions
  • Consultation and Supervision
  • Cultural and Individual Diversity

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