Explore the information below and begin your journey toward becoming a licensed psychologist in South Carolina. The following procedures have been the same for many years; however, they are subject to change and it would be wise to contact the South Carolina Board of Examiners in Psychology at (803) 896-4664 if you have any concerns or questions regarding requirements for earning your South Carolina psychologist license.
I'm a High School Graduate
As a high school student researching psychologist licensure in South Carolina, you are in a great position to expedite your journey into a career and learn what field of psychology is most interesting to you! By continuing your research and education, you are going to be way of ahead of the curve!
The following are steps that will help you take the next step toward a higher education and learn more about psychology career environments.
The most important step you can take right now is to learn how you can enroll in an associate or bachelor degree program. South Carolina psychologist licensure requires you eventually hold a doctoral degree in psychology.
However, regardless of whether you end up becoming a psychologist in South Carolina or a professional in any other industry, higher education is a requirement almost 100% of the time.
Click on the links below to browse schools offering psychology programs!
Secondly, you will want to learn more about work environments in psychology careers. One way you can learn what it may be like to enter a career where your purpose is to help individuals resolve their issues is to volunteer.
Below are a few links to volunteering organizations in South Carolina:
- Hands on Charleston (Mt. Pleasant)
- Hands on Greenville
- United Way of Anderson County
- United Way of Beaufort County (Beaufort, Hilton Head, Jasper 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 My PhD or PsyD
Follow the steps to learn how to acquire your Psychologist license in South Carolina.
After earning your doctoral degree, you will need to get your preliminary license by downloading the application and submitting it to the South Carolina Board of Examiners in Psychology.
When the Board approves your preliminary license, they will send you a packet for full licensure. You can download the preliminary South Carolina psychologist license application here.
After the Board approves your preliminary psychologist license application, you will be eligible to take the Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology. The South Carolina Board of Examiners in Psychology will send you information about registration for the exam.
More information about the exam can be found on the ASPPB website.
Next, you will need to begin acquiring 2 years of supervised work experience. One of the years may be completed while still working on your doctoral degree and the remaining year should be completed post graduation.
More details about the professional experience and qualifying supervisors is available on the South Carolina Board of Examiners' website.
Once all of the requirements have been completed, you will need to submit the full South Carolina psychologist licensure application to the Board along with the necessary forms and fees.