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:

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


Founded in 1976, NCSPP is an organization composed of delegates from programs and schools of professional psychology.