How to become a Psychologist in Illinois...
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- I'm a high school graduate...
- I've already received my Bachelor's or Master's degree...
- I have finished my PhD or PsyD...
Explore the information below and begin your journey toward becoming a licensed psychologist in Illinois. The following procedures have been the same for many years; however, they are subject to change and it would be wise to contact the Illinois Division of Public Regulation at (217)785-0800 if you have any concerns or questions regarding requirements for earning your Illinois psychologist license.
I'm a High School Graduate...
As a high school graduate, you are in a great place to learn more about various career options in psychology while also working toward earning your Illinois psychologist licensure. By getting an early start with your career research, you will have a much greater chance of landing in a career that both satisfies your monetary needs as well as financial needs.
The following are steps that will help you take the next step toward a higher education and learn more about psychology career environments.
Education is the most important thing you should be focusing on right now. No matter what career you see yourself part of in the future, you will need a higher education. The foundation of psychology is of course required for Illinois psychologist licensure, but it is also highly regarded in many other industries. Some of the best and most effective managers today draw from strong backgrounds in psychology.
Click on the links below to browse schools offering psychology programs!
- Associate degree programs in psychology
- Bachelor degree programs in psychology
- Additional Psychology Colleges in Illinois
The next step is to look deeper into career environments. You will want to immerse yourself in organizations' cultures that provide similar experiences to careers in psychology. One great way to learn more about what it is like to help others emotionally is to volunteer.
Below are a few links to volunteering organizations in Illinois:
- Chicago Cares
- Springfield Community Volunteer Center
- Champaign Community Volunteer Center
- Winnetka Volunteer Center
- United Way of Rock River
- Volunteer Center of McHenry County
- Volunteer Center of Arlington Heights
- United Way of Lake County (Gurnee)
If volunteering is out of the question, look to find paid work or speak with professors about career options as soon as possible in your academic career.
I've already received my Bachelor's or Master's degree...
Once you have your undergraduate or Master's degree you will need to continue on and earn your doctorate degree in psychology, educational psychology or an education degree that specializes in counseling psychology or educational psychology from an accredited college or university.
Contact schools offering Master's, PhD or PsyD programs you are interested in.
- Master's degree programs in psychology
- PhD programs in psychology
- Additional Psychology Colleges in Illinois
When choosing a Master's or Doctoral program, you will be narrowing your career focus. Since there are a large variety of areas where you can go within the field of psychology, it would be wise to speak with the career services personnel at your school to learn more about various opportunities you may participate in to boost yourself higher on the list of possible applicants for school and/or for a professional position once you have completed your schooling.
Once you have completed your PhD or PsyD program, you may continue down to:
I have finished my PhD or PsyD...
Follow the steps to learn how to acquire your Psychologist license in Illinois.
Illinois psychologist licensure requires you to complete 2 years of supervised work experience (1750 hours is equivalent to 1 year). At least one of the years must be fulfilled after receiving your doctorate degree.
You can find more information about supervision requirements and necessary qualification of the supervisor by downloading the licensure application off the following Illinois Division of Public Regulations webpage.
Once your supervised hours have been completed, you can download the Illinois Psychologist licensure packet. The packet includes instructions, licensure application and various other forms that must be completed and sent bact to the Illinois Board of Psychologist Examiners.
You can download the packet on the following Illinois Division of Public Registrations webpage.
After your Illinois Psychologist licensure application has been evaluated, you can register online to sit for the psychologist licensure examination.
The registration page and contact information for the exam is available on the Continental Testing website.