How to become a Psychologist in Ohio...
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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 Ohio. The following procedures have been the same for many years; however, they are subject to change and it would be wise to contact the Ohio State Board of Psychology at (614) 466-8808 if you have any concerns or questions regarding requirements for earning your Ohio psychologist license.
I'm a High School Graduate...
There simply is not an early enough time to start thinking about your future career. As a high school graduate already looking into Ohio psychologist licensure requirements, you are in a great position.
At this point, it is important you keep the ball rolling and continue along an advancing path. The following steps will help you move toward a higher education and learn more about the psychology career environment.
If you had to choose one step to focus on, it would have to be education. For one, to be able to qualify for an Ohio psychologist license, you will eventually need to hold a doctoral degree in psychology. In addition, even if you choose another professional career path down the road, a college degree is the key to entrance for any high paying profession.
Your next step is to learn how you can enroll in an associate or bachelor degree program.
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 Ohio
The next step you should be thinking about is learning more about careers in psychology. You can do this by speaking with professors and the career services center at your college, or you can gain firsthand experience in similar psychology career environments by volunteering.
In addition, volunteering work placed on your resume or school application can help your chances of getting the job or gaining entrance into a college degree program.
Below are a few links to volunteering organizations in Ohio:
- Helpline of Delaware and Morrow Counties
- First Link (Columbus)
- Hands on Northeast Ohio (Cleveland)
- United Way of Greater Cincinnati
- United Way of Greater Stark County (Canton)
- United Way of Greater Toledo
- United Way of Summit County (Akron)
- Warren County United Way (Lebanon)
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 Ohio
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 Ohio.
Ohio requires a licensed psychologist to have had two years of supervised work experience. One of these years must be completed after receiving a doctoral degree and each year should equal 1800 hours.
More details about the work experience and qualifying supervisors can be found on the Ohio Board of Psychology website.
The Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) can be taken any time after the Ohio Board of Psychology has received official transcripts showing you have completed your doctoral degree.
The state administered oral exam can be taken directly after the completion of the required work experience.
The Ohio Board of Psychology will notify you when you are eligible to apply online for the EPPP. More information about this exam can be found on the ASPPB website.
Now you can download the Ohio psychologist licensure application and submit the application along with all other supporting documents and fees to the Ohio Board of Psychology.
The Board will notify you once your application has been evaluated and approved. You may download the application from the following Ohio Board of Psychology's webpage.