Texas Psychology Education Overview
Psychology Licensure in Texas
After you have completed all of the steps necessary to become licensed to practice Psychology in Texas, a great number of employment options in the field of human services will become available to you. There are a vast multitude of directions you can take once you have your license, including: opening your own private practice in Houston or working at a school in San Antonio. With has a population of just over 25.6 million people, Texas is the second most populous state in the union. With such a massive population there are incredible amounts of potential work environments for those who have a license to practice Psychology. A Psychologist in Texas can expect a mean yearly wage of $64,260 according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics1. Those with degree concentrations in Child Psychology or those who are otherwise interested in helping children with emotional issues may want to research job opportunities with one of Texas’s incredible 1050+ School districts2. For those who enjoy fast paced and stimulating medical environments, researching employment at one of Texas’s 630+ major hospitals3 is an excellent potential idea. With your license to practice Psychology in Texas you will discover a vast array of potential job opportunities in human. Below you will find our guide on how to navigate the process to become a licensed Psychologist in Texas.
Required Educational Background
Texas is a great state to choose to become a licensed Psychologist in. To qualify to apply for your psychology license in Texas, you will first need to earn you Doctorate in Psychology. This in turn, presupposes you have already earned your Bachelor and Master of Psychology.
While you study for and earn your Bachelor of Psychology, you will gain valuable insight about your career potential in psychology. I for some reason you decide that you don’t like the idea of being a licensed Psychologist you will find that your degree is extremely useful in finding employment within the human services field.
Master Level Licensure
Some states such as Kansas will allow limited practice with a Master of Psychology degree. You also will have access to a wide variety of human services careers with your master’s degree if you prefer to work outside the field of licensed psychology. If you have your Master of Psychology you will be able to apply to become a Master’s Level Psychologist in Kansas by performing the following steps:
- You must provide proof of your educational background to the board
- You must pass the FAST criminal background check
- You must provide proof of a board approved practicum as described here: http://www.tsbep.state.tx.us/files/agencydocs/June2012.pdf
- You will need to provide proof of supervised field experience of at least 450 hours in the form of a practicum under the supervision of a licensed psychologist.
- Apply to take, and pass the Master level Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) with a 55% or higher
- Pass the Texas Jurisprudence exam at 80%.
You can find some helpful information about your EPPP exam here:
Doctoral Level Licensure
Once you have earned your doctorate in psychology from a board approved school you will need to start accumulating your required hours of field experience.
To begin gaining your required field experience for licensure, you will need to do the following:
- Provide three letters of reference from licensed psychologists.
- Apply for and receive your provisional license
- Have completed 2 years of professional supervised experience.
- One year may be accumulated while completing your doctorate
- One year must be post-doctoral under the supervision of a board approved supervisor.
- You will need to apply for licensure, get approval and take your examinations as explained below.
You will want to familiarize yourself with the Texas specific rules and regulations for licensure. These laws change so it is good to make sure you have current information, which you can find here:
Once you have completed your internship and field experience requirements, you can apply to take the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP).
- Pass the Doctoral level EPPP with a score meeting the Texas minimum of 70%
- Pass the Texas Jurisprudence exam with a minimum score of 90%
- Pass the Texas State oral examination
You can find some helpful information about your EPPP here: