Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists

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The Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists issues four types of licenses each of which has different requirements as set by the Act and rules. (Note: refer to the Psychologists' Licensing Act and rules for complete requirements for licensing.)

A. Licensed Psychologist (Independent Practice)
Requires prior licensure as a Provisionally Licensed Psychologist (see below)
Requires a doctorate degree in psychology
Requires the passage of the Oral Examination
Requires two years of supervised experience
Board rule 463.11 and 463.13.
B. Provisionally Licensed Psychologist (Supervision Required)
Requires a doctoral degree in psychology
Requires passage of the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology at the doctoral level at 70%
Requires passage of the Jurisprudence Examination at 90%
Board rule 463.10.
C. Licensed Psychological Associate (Supervision Required)
Requires a master’s degree primarily psychological in nature
Requires passage of the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology at the master’s level at 55%
Requires passage of the Jurisprudence Examination at 80%
Board rule 463.8.
D. Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (Independent Practice in Public Schools after One Year of Licensure)
Requires completion of a training program in school psychology approved/accredited by the American Psychological Association or the National Association of School Psychologists or a master’s degree in psychology with specified course work.
Requires passage of the National School Psychology Examination at the score of 165
Requires passage of the Jurisprudence Examination at 90%
Board rule 463.19.
E. Licensure by Reciprocity:
 
Texas has reciprocity at the doctorate level with five states (Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma) and two Canadian provinces (Manitoba and Ontario). Licensure as a psychologist by reciprocity requires a reciprocity psychologist application.
Board rule 463.12.

Licensure for Licensed Out-of-State Applicants:
Requires provisional licensure as a psychologist in Texas.
Licensure in good standing in another state.
Applicant testiment of two years of supervised experience. No disciplinary action.
Board rule 463.13.

Licensure for Military Spouses
For persons who (1) hold licensure in other states which have licensing requirements substantially equivalent to Texas licensure and (2) are spouses of active members of the armed forces, the Board offers alternative licensing requirements. Refer to Board rule 463.30.

Information for Candidates for the Oral Examination(PDF)

Additional Information for Licensed Out-of-State Psychologists Seeking Licensure in Texas

Information for Persons with Criminal Backgrounds Requesting a Preliminary Evaluation of Licensure Eligibility (PDF)

 

Application Packets:

The Board does not pre-evaluate applications.  Therefore, a person who is interested in becoming licensed with this Board should download the desired application packet listed below.

The current Act and Rules of the Board are available only in an online version which is available for free download on the Act and Rules page of our Site.

After reviewing the information in the application packet and the pertinent Act and Rules, applicants who have questions about licensure should contact the Board office.

To download an application packet and all supporting materials, click below on the type of license that is appropriate for your education and training, per the guide to requirements provided at the start of this page.

Choose a link below to see its table of contents:

Licensed Specialist in School Psychology
Licensed Psychological Associate
Provisionally Licensed Psychologist
Licensed Psychologist
Reciprocity Licensed Psychologist

 


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