More than 1,600 hundred people work in the psychology field in the state of Tennessee, and as a sign of the popularity of this field of study, the Department of Psychology at the University of Tennessee is the largest on campus. For students who are hoping to one day work as a psychologist within Tennessee or beyond, finding the right psychology school and graduate program should be a top priority.

The search tool below is a great way to locate a variety of educational options that can start one on the path toward becoming a practicing psychologist.

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The University of TennesseeKnoxville, TN30,194Public, 4-year$7,802Campus
Bachelor’s
  • Psychology - General
Master’s
  • College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
  • Psychology - General
  • Educational Psychology
Doctorate
  • College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
  • Psychology - General
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • School Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
Middle Tennessee State UniversityMurfreesboro, TN26,442Public, 4-year$5,616Campus
Bachelor’s
  • Psychology - General
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Master’s
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Psychology - General
University of MemphisMemphis, TN22,725Public, 4-above$6,648Both
Master’s - ONLINE
  • Master of Science in Educational Psychology
Bachelor’s
  • Psychology - General
Master’s
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Psychology - General
  • School Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
Doctorate
  • Educational Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Psychology - General
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
East Tennessee State UniversityJohnson City, TN15,250Public, 4-above$5,640Both
Bachelor’s - ONLINE
  • General Psychology
Bachelor’s
  • Psychology - General
Master’s
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Psychology - General
Doctorate
  • Psychology - General
Vanderbilt UniversityNashville, TN12,836Private, 4-year$41,088Campus
Bachelor’s
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology - General
  • Developmental and Child Psychology
Master’s
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Psychology - General
  • Community Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior Studies
Doctorate
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology - General
  • Community Psychology
Tennessee Technological UniversityCookeville, TN11,768Public, 4-year$5,472Campus
Bachelor’s
  • Psychology - General
Master’s
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
The University of Tennessee at ChattanoogaChattanooga, TN11,438Public, 4-year$5,722Campus
Bachelor’s
  • Psychology - General
Master’s
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Psychology - General
Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN10,873Public, 4-above$5,424Online
Master’s - ONLINE
  • Master of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology

It is an impressive accomplishment to complete an education in psychology, but that alone is not enough to legally practice in Tennessee. Once educated, there are a number of other steps to be completed before an individual can acquire a license and begin to work in this field.

Licensing for Psychologists in Tennessee

After completing all of the necessary education and experience to gain a license, a psychologist in Tennessee will be able to work in a variety of ways, such as:

  • Offering group and individual therapy to people struggling with various conditions
  • Diagnosing and treating problems related to anxiety, depression, and more
  • Working with individuals battling addictions to drugs or alcohol

Tennessee Licensing Authority

The Tennessee Board of Examiners of Psychology is in charge of issuing and maintaining licenses for psychologists in the state. The Board has set a specific set of rules and procedures individuals must follow to obtain a license, which is outlined below.

Finish a doctoral degree in psychology at an accredited institution

Perform two years of supervised professional experience, including a 1,900 hour internship

Pass two examinations

Submit to a criminal background check

File all necessary application forms and fees in order to be considered for licensure in Tennessee

Licensing Exams for Psychology in Tennessee

Two exams must be passed to obtain a license, the first being the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology, or the EPPP. The other, a jurisprudence exam, is administered by the Board and is open book.

Recognized Psychology Specializations in Tennessee

  • Behavioral Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • School Psychology

Specialization Requirements

  • Fulfill all existing requirements for licensure under Tennessee state rules, including any specialization-specific experience or education

License Renewal

  • 40 hours of continuing education must be completed every two years
Tennessee Licensure Resources

Tennessee Employment Trends and Salary Information for Psychologists

Growth and Employment Rate in Tennessee for Psychologists vs. Nationwide Data

Clinical, Counseling & School Psychologists Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Tennessee 12.6%

Psychologists, Other Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Tennessee 10.1%

Number Clinical, Counseling, & School Psychologists and Psychologists, Other employed 2014

Nationwide 115,810

Tennessee 1,690

Psychologist Earnings in Tennessee vs. Nationwide

Clinical, Counseling & School Psychologists   Psychologist , Other

Nationwide

Median Wage Annually

$68,900

 

$92,110

Tennessee

Median Wage Annually

$64,120

 

$93,640

Tennessee

Median Wage Hourly

$30.83

 

$45.02

Tennessee

Lowest 10% yearly wage

$45,530

 

$23,980

Tennessee

Highest 10% yearly wage

$103,710

 

$107,440

Tennessee Psychology Resources