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TITLE 22EXAMINING BOARDS
PART 21TEXAS STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS OF PSYCHOLOGISTS
CHAPTER 463APPLICATIONS AND EXAMINATIONS
SUBCHAPTER BLICENSING REQUIREMENTS
RULE §463.10Licensed Psychologists

(a) Licensure Requirements. An applicant for licensure as a psychologist must:

  (1) hold a doctoral degree in psychology from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting organization;

  (2) pass all examinations required by the agency;

  (3) submit documentation of supervised experience from a licensed psychologist which satisfies the requirements of Council §463.11 of this title; and

  (4) meet all other requirements of §501.2525 of the Occupations Code.

(b) Degree Requirements.

  (1) For those applicants with a doctoral degree conferred on or after January 1, 1979, the transcript must state that the applicant has a doctoral degree that designates a major in psychology.

  (2) For those applicants with a doctoral degree conferred prior to January 1, 1979, the transcript must reflect a doctoral degree that designates a major in psychology or the substantial equivalent of a doctoral degree in psychology in both subject matter and extent of training. A doctoral degree will be considered the substantial equivalent to a doctoral degree in psychology if the training program meets the following criteria:

    (A) Post-baccalaureate program in a regionally accredited institution of higher learning. The program must have a minimum of 90 semester hours, not more than 12 of which are credit for doctoral dissertation and not more than six of which are credit for master's thesis.

    (B) The program, wherever it may be administratively housed, must be clearly identified and labeled. Such a program must specify in pertinent institutional catalogs and brochures its intent to educate and train professional psychologists.

    (C) The program must stand as a recognizable, coherent organizational entity within the institution. A program may be within a larger administrative unit, e.g., department, area, or school.

    (D) There must be a clear authority and primary responsibility for the core and specialty areas whether or not the program cuts across administrative lines. The program must have identifiable faculty and administrative heads who are psychologists responsible for the graduate program. Psychology faculty are individuals who are licensed or certified psychologists, or specialists of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), or hold a doctoral degree in psychology from a regionally accredited institution.

    (E) The program must be an integrated, organized sequence of studies, e.g., there must be identifiable curriculum tracks wherein course sequences are outlined for students.

    (F) The program must have an identifiable body of students who matriculated in the program.

    (G) The program must include supervised practicum, internship, field or laboratory training appropriate to the practice of psychology. The supervised field work or internship must have been a minimum of 1,500 supervised hours, obtained in not less than a 12 month period nor more than a 24 month period. Further, this requirement cannot have been obtained in more than two placements or agencies.

    (H) The curriculum shall encompass a minimum of two academic years of full-time graduate studies for those persons have enrolled in the doctoral degree program after completing the requirements for a master's degree. The curriculum shall encompass a minimum of four academic years of full-time graduate studies for those persons who have entered a doctoral program following the completion of a baccalaureate degree and prior to the awarding of a master's degree. It is recognized that educational institutions vary in their definitions of full-time graduate studies. It is also recognized that institutions vary in their definitions of residency requirements for the doctoral degree.

    (I) The following curricular requirements must be met and demonstrated through appropriate course work:

      (i) Scientific and professional ethics related to the field of psychology.

      (ii) Research design and methodology, statistics.

      (iii) The applicant must demonstrate competence in each of the following substantive areas. The competence standard will be met by satisfactory completion at the B level of a minimum of six graduate semester hours in each of the four content areas. It is recognized that some doctoral programs have developed special competency examinations in lieu of requiring students to complete course work in all core areas. Graduates of such programs who have not completed the necessary semester hours in these core areas must submit to the Council evidence of competency in each of the four core areas.

        (I) Biological basis of behavior: physiological psychology, comparative psychology, neuropsychology, sensation and perception, psycho-pharmacology.

        (II) Cognitive-affective basis of behavior: learning, thinking, motivation, emotion.

        (III) Social basis of behavior:

social psychology, group processes, organizational and system theory.

        (IV) Individual differences: personality theory, human development, abnormal psychology.

    (J) All educational programs which train persons who wish to be identified as psychologists will include course requirements in specialty areas. The applicant must demonstrate a minimum of 24 hours in his/her designated specialty area.

  (3) Any person intending to apply for licensure under the substantial equivalence clause must file with the Council an affidavit showing:

    (A) Courses meeting each of the requirements noted in paragraph (2) of this subsection verified by official transcripts;

    (B) Appropriate, published information from the university awarding the degree, demonstrating that the requirements noted in paragraph (2) of this subsection have been met.

(c) An applicant who holds an active Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology (CPQ) is considered to have met all requirements for licensure under this rule except for passage of the Jurisprudence Examination. Applicants relying upon this subsection must request that documentation of their certification be sent directly to the Council from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB), be submitted to the Council in the sealed envelope in which it was received by the applicant from ASPPB, or be submitted to the Council as directed by agency staff.

(d) An applicant who holds an active specialist certification with the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) is considered to have met all requirements for licensure under this rule except for passage of the EPPP and Jurisprudence Examination. Applicants relying upon this subsection must request that documentation of their specialist certification be sent directly to the Council from ABPP, be submitted to the Council in the sealed envelope in which it was received by the applicant from ABPP, or be submitted to the Council as directed by agency staff.

(e) The requirement for documentation of supervised experience under this rule is waived for an applicant who is actively licensed as a doctoral-level psychologist in good standing and has been practicing psychology in another jurisdiction for at least five years or can affirm that the applicant has received at least 3,000 hours of supervised experience from a licensed psychologist in the jurisdiction where the supervision took place. At least half of those hours (a minimum of 1,500 hours) must have been completed within a formal internship, and the remaining one-half (a minimum of 1,500 hours) must have been completed after the doctoral degree was conferred. Applicants relying upon this subsection must request that verification of their out-of-state licensure be sent directly to the Council from the other jurisdiction, be submitted to the Council in the sealed envelope in which it was received by the applicant from the other jurisdiction, or be submitted to the Council as directed by agency staff.

(f) Provisional License.

  (1) An applicant who has not yet passed the required examinations or is seeking to acquire the supervised experience required under Council §463.11 of this title may practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist as a provisionally licensed psychologist for not more than two years if the applicant meets all other licensing requirements.

  (2) A provisional license will be issued to an applicant upon proof of provisional license eligibility. However, a provisional license will not be issued to an applicant who was issued a provisional license in connection with a prior application.

  (3) A provisionally licensed psychologist is subject to all applicable laws governing the practice of psychology.

  (4) A provisionally licensed psychologist may be made the subject of an eligibility or disciplinary proceeding. The two-year period for provisional licensure shall not be tolled by any suspension of the provisional license.

  (5) A provisional license will expire after two years if the person does not qualify for licensure as a psychologist.


Source Note: The provisions of this §463.10 adopted to be effective October 7, 2020, 45 TexReg 7000; amended to be effective June 1, 2021, 46 TexReg 3394

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