|(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
(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
(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,
(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
(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
(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
(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.