Explore the information below and begin your journey toward becoming a licensed psychologist in New York. The following procedures have been the same for many years; however, they are subject to change and it would be wise to contact the New York Division of Professional Licensing Services at (518)-474-3817 if you have any concerns or questions regarding requirements for earning your New York psychologist license.
I'm a High School Graduate
The future looks bleak for those who are not actively learning about their career options at an early age. However, as a high school graduate looking into New York psychologist licensure requirements, you are ahead of the curve and doing just fine.
At this point in your educational career, there are only a couple important decisions you need to make to help you down the path toward career success. The following are steps that will help you make these important decisions.
THE most important move you can make now is to learn how you can enroll in an associate degree program or bachelor degree program. For each year students wait after high school to attend college, the percentage of those who never go to college increases exponentially.
Whether you earn a psychologist license in New York or you enter an entirely different career field, a college education is a must. Click on the links below to browse schools offering psychology programs!
Secondly, you will want to begin learning whether or not you enjoy a work environment that revolves around helping others with difficult mental issues. The fact of the matter is that some people do not. There is absolutely nothing wrong with realizing you would be happier as a mathematician, engineer or a health care practitioner, but it certainly is a shame when some people end up in careers that make them miserable.
A great way to learn more about yourself and whether you enjoy working with people who are in need of help is to volunteer. In addition, volunteer work on your resume can mean the difference between being accepted into that prestigious college or not!
Below are a few links to volunteering organizations in New York:
- Eastern Niagara United Way (Lockport)
- Long Island Volunteer Center (Hempstead)
- Mayor's Volunteer Center (New York)
- New York Cares Inc.
- Volunteer Center of Rockland County (Pomona)
- United Way of Central New York (Syracuse)
- United Way of Greater Rochester
- United Way of Buffalo and Erie County
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.
Already Received 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.
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.
I Have Finished PhD or PsyD
Follow the steps to learn how to acquire your Psychologist license in New York.
After completing in a doctoral program (or at least beginning a doctoral program), you will need to learn how to meet the supervised work experience requirements consisting of 2 years, or 3500 hours, practicing psychology. One of the years can be done while earning your degree through a practicum or internship. The remaining year needs to be completed once you have met all of the education requirements for New York psychologist licensure.
More information about the requirements and qualifying supervisors can be found on the following New York State Board for Psychology webpage.
Next, you will need to download the New York psychologist licensure application and submit the application along with any other supporting documents and fees to the New York State Board for Psychology.
You may download the application off the following NY Board for Psychology webpage.
Once the Board has reviewed your application and approved your candidacy, you will be eligible to take the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). The Board will send a notice to the Professional Examination Service and they will send you an exam application packet.
Information about the EPPP exam can be found on the ASPPB website.