Georgia Psychology Education Overview
Psychology Licensure in Georgia
Georgia is a state that has tremendous opportunities for those human services workers who have decided to become licensed Psychologists. Many different kinds of corporations, agencies and organizations are in need of licensed Psychologists. Your choices for employment are many and varied, from working at a school in Atlanta, to being employed at a hospital in Augusta. As you can see, there are many career paths to choose from for licensed Psychologists in Georgia. With a population of over 9.8 million people, Georgia has great need for Psychologists. By doing research on the BLS website you will discover that Psychologists in Georgia can expect a mean yearly wage of $62,7601. If the idea of working with fellow professionals in a medical setting sounds appealing to you, then you may wish to try and find a job in one of Georgia’s 144+ Major hospitals2. If you like the thought of working to help children with their emotional problems or have a degree concentration in child Psychology seeking employment in one of Georgia’s 150+3 public school districts might be a great fit for you. With so many options to choose from you will be able to find a career that fits your natural talent and temperament. We have crafted a step-by-step set of instructions to help guide you through the licensure process in Georgia. You will find it below.
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Required Educational Background
- Earning your license to practice Psychology in Georgia is a challenging prospect, but one with great rewards at journey’s end. You will need your doctorate in Psychology to apply for licensure, which in turn means having already earned your Bachelor and Master of Psychology.
- Completing your studies and being awarded a Bachelor of Psychology is a great way to learn if a career in Psychology is a career path that resonates with you. The nice thing about a degree in Psychology is that even if you discover you don’t like the discipline itself after studying it, you will discover that your degree is a sought after one in workers in the human services field.
- Georgia does not have licensure for those who have earned less than a doctorate in Psychology. It is fortunate that once you have earned your Master’s – even if you choose to end your schooling without earning your Ph.D. – you will find that your degree is still a highly sought after degree for many human services careers. Even if you choose not to pursue licensure, your degree will be very useful in finding employment.
- Once your doctorate in psychology from an APA approved school you will need to start accumulating your required hours of field experience.
To verify your field experience component, you will need to do the following actions:
- You will need to complete an APA approved internship
- After your internship is completed you will need to accrue 1500 hours of supervised field experience. You will need to amass 1500 hours during a 2 year period. Of the 1500 hours, 500 hours deed to be in the form of direct client contact. The full 1500 hours must be under the supervision of a Psychologist licensed in Georgia.
- You will need to apply for licensure, get approval and take your examinations as explained below.
You will want to be versed with Georgia specific rules and regulations for licensure. These laws change so it is good to make sure you have current information, you can find that information here:
Once you have completed your field experience you can apply to take the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP).
- Pass the EPPP with a score meeting the Georgia minimum
- Pass the Georgia Jurisprudence examination
You can find some helpful information about your EPPP here: