How to become a Psychologist in Montana
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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 Montana. The following procedures have been the same for many years; however, they are subject to change and it would be wise to contact the Montana Board of Psychologists at (406) 841-2394 if you have any concerns or questions regarding requirements for earning your Montana psychologist license.
I'm a High School Graduate...
As a high school graduate, this is a great time to learn what you will need to do to become eligible for a Montana psychologist license. There are only a couple steps you should be focusing on right now that will help to expedite your journey toward becoming a psychologist.
Education. To become eligible for a Montana psychologist license, you will need to eventually hold doctorate credentials in psychology. Therefore, your first step is complete an undergraduate education.
At this point, there is little to worry about in terms of committment. Whether you continue down the path to Montana psychologist licensure or choose to go down another career path, a college degree is necessary all professional positions.
Your next step... Learn how you can enroll in an associate or bachelor degree program and get the ball rolling!
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 Montana
Secondly, it is wise to learn more about career environments in the psychology field. You may speak with professors, psychology professionals (counselors, psychologists, etc.), or gain actual work experience.
The latter you can accomplish through volunteering opportunities. Volunteering and the psychology professions both share similar foundations of caring and helping individuals through rough times.
Below are a few links to volunteering organizations in Montana:
- United Way of Yellowstone County (Billings)
- Volunteer Connection of Southwest Montana (Bozeman)
- Western Montana Volunteer Center (Missoula)
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 Montana
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 Montana.
First, you will need to earn a doctoral degree from an accredited college approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) or a doctoral degree in psychology including a course of study meeting minimum standards specified in the Board’s rules ARM 24.189.604.
Statutes are available for download from the following Montana Board of Psychologists webpage.
Next, you must complete 2 years of supervised clinical experience, 1 year of which must be acquired post-doctorally, but may not include more than 6 months of supervised research or teaching.
Download, complete and submit a Montana psychologist licensure application. You will want to make sure you accompany your application with all additional necessary forms and fees.
You may download the application from the following Montana Board of Psychologists webpage.
The Montana Board of Psychologists will contact you when your application has been evaluated and approved. You will be informed of your eligibility to sit for the Montana psychologist licensure examination, the written Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), and an oral examination conducted by the Montana Board of Psychologists.
You can find more information about the EPPP on the ASPPB website.