Explore the information below and begin your journey toward becoming a licensed psychologist in Texas. The following procedures have been the same for many years; however, they are subject to change and it would be wise to contact the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists at (512) 305-7700 if you have any concerns or questions regarding requirements for earning your Texas psychologist license.
I'm a High School Graduate
As a high school graduate, you are in fantastic shape to take advantage of many resources available to you. Libraries, your local community college or university, friends and family, the list goes on. By researching the process to become a psychologist, you are showing a great amount of organization and foresight.
The journey to eventually attain a Texas psychologist license is a rather long one; however, the steps listed below are essential steps necessary for entering any professional career. So go ahead, read the steps below and get started!
The most important step toward any professional career is to advance your current level of education. To become qualified to apply for a Texas psychologist license, you will need to eventually earn your doctoral degree. However, you will first need to earn an undergraduate education.
You can start out by earning an associate degree, or you can jump right in and start working toward your bachelor's degree right away.
Click on the links below to browse schools offering programs you are currently qualified to begin!
After you have begun earning your college education, you may want to focus on bolstering your resume for applying to graduate school and for applying to that first internship or job. One great way to add value to your resume, learn more about possible career environments and help your community is to volunteer.
The following are organizations hosting volunteering opportunities throughout Texas.
- United Way of Austin, TX
- Volunteer Center of the Coastal Bend (Corpus Christi)
- Volunteer Houston
- Volunteer Center of Lubbock
- Volunteer McKinney Center
- Round Rock Volunteer Center
- United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County
Finally, regardless of whether a career as a licensed psychologist is in your future or not, a higher education is always a great investment of your time and energy. So, go ahead and get started!
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 doctoral degree in psychology or a related field 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 is wise to speak with the career services personnel at your school to learn more about various opportunities available to improve your chances of landing 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 Texas.
First, you will need to obtain a provisional Texas psychologist license. You can do this by submitting the application to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. You will need to include all supporting documents and fees, some of which are listed here:
- An application processing fee
- Official Transcripts
- DPS/FBI criminal history record check
- 3 letters of reference
- Everything else listed on the application checklist...
The Board will review your provisional license application and once approved they will request the examination fees for both the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) and the state administered jurisprudence exam.
You will find information about the EPPP here.
Under the provisional license, you will need to earn 2 years of supervised work experience. One of these years may be completed while working towards your doctoral degree and the other year of experience will need to be met after receiving your degree.
More information is available here.
Now you can submit the application for licensure as a Texas psychologist. You will need to include the appropriate application processing fee, Document of 2 years of Experience Form, and a Verification of Formal Internship Form.
You can download the Texas psychologist licensure application here.