Licensure Process and Examinations
The Master’s in Clinical Psychology prepares students to pursue either the Licensed Psychological Associate or the Licensed Professional Counselor Texas state licenses. Other states often have similar licenses for Master’s level providers that our graduates may be qualified to pursue. In general, pursuing such licensure involves finishing the appropriate coursework and the Master’s degree, taking and passing state or nationally administered tests, and completing a number of supervised clinical hours after the Master’s degree is awarded. The rules of licensure will be covered in Psy 6363 (Ethical Principles). The Texas Administrative Code (TAP) which covers licensure is accessible on the internet: http://www.sos.state.tx.us./tac. Click “TAC Viewer” to the right. Then click Title 22, Licensing Boards, Part 21 for psychologists and Part 30 for professional counselors.
Licensed Psychological Associate. Completing either of the Clinical Psychology degree Master’s degrees (with or without thesis) will qualify you to sit for the licensing exams for the Licensed Psychological Associate. More detail about the licensure process for psychological associates is obtainable from the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists web site, www.tsbep.state.tx.us/licensed.html; information about the written, multiple choice licensing exam is at www.asppb.org/store/publications.aspx
Licensed Professional Counselor. Careful selection of “designated electives” is important to qualify for licensure as a Professional Counselor. Completing the degree Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology (non-thesis track) will qualify you to sit for the counselor’s exam if you choose the following two designated electives: Psy 6330 (Developmental Psychology) and EPSY 6366 (Lifestyles and Career Development) as part of your degree. More detail about the licensure process for licensed professional counselors is available from the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, www.dshs.state.tx.us/counselor/default.shtm. Information about the written, multiple choice licensing exam is at http://nbcc.org/nce.