Delaware, the first state in the union, has an active and rich tradition in the study and practice of psychology. The University of Delaware has fostered aspiring psychologists since 1916. Today, the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences includes 60 grad students and 34 full time faculty who study and teach in four graduate training programs.

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Delaware takes the licensing of psychologists seriously. Candidates must complete a three-year doctoral degree, participate in both a pre- and a post-doctoral working experience, and pass a national exam before a license can be awarded.

Delaware Psychologist Licensing

Licensed psychologists in Delaware are permitted to do the following:

  • Apply psychological principles to prevent symptomatic, maladaptive, or undesired behavior and to enhance relationships, adjustment, and mental health
  • Test, evaluate and assess personal characteristics; diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders and substance abuse
  • Render psychological services to individuals, families, groups, organizations, institutions, and the general public

Delaware’s Psychology Licensing Authority

The Delaware Board of Examiners of Psychologists licenses psychologist candidates in the state, develops standards for professional competency, and sanctions against professional misconduct.

Psychologist licensure candidates in Delaware must have completed the following steps:

Graduated with a doctoral degree in psychology or relevant practice

Completed 1,500 hours of pre-doctoral supervised experience

Completed 1,500 hours of post-doctoral supervised experience

Passed the Examination for Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP)

Other Psych Licensing Criteria in Delaware
  • The candidate must hold a degree from a program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or a program offered by a regionally accredited institution that meets Delaware’s academic standards.

  • The program of study must endow students with an understanding of the breadth of scientific psychology and the history of its thought and development. This is achieved through courses in: biological aspects of behavior, cognitive and affective aspects of behavior, social aspects of behavior, history and systems of psychology, psychological measurement, research methodology, and techniques of data analysis. The program must also cover foundations of practice of psychology through courses in: individual differences in behavior, human development, dysfunctional behavior or psychopathology; and professional standards and ethics. The diagnosis and definition of problems and the implementation of intervention strategies must be studied through courses on: theories and methods of assessment and diagnosis, effective intervention, consultation and supervision, and the evaluation of the efficacy of interventions. An understanding of cultural and individual diversity must be imbued into all of the above areas of study.

  • Of the 1,500 hours of pre-doctoral supervised experience, at least 50% must be in client services (treatment, assessment, consultation, and report writing) and 25% of that time must be in direct patient/client contact. No more than 25% of the hours can be completed in a purely research setting. One out of every 10 hours of clinical work must be completed under direct supervision. The 1,500 hours must be completed in 48-104 weeks.

  • The 1,500 hours of post-doctoral work experience must be completed in one to three calendar years. Exceptions are given for those individuals temporarily licensed as psychological assistants, who can hold that title for up to six years. At least 25% of the post-doctoral experience must be completed in direct service in the area of the candidate’s academic training. For every 10 hours of clinical work completed, at least one must be in direct face-to-face supervision. The candidate may chose to have up to 25% of their supervision time completed by a licensed mental health professional who is not a psychologist.

Delaware Psychology Licensing Exams

Psychologist candidates in Delaware must pass the national Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) to become licensed psychologists.

Delaware’s Recognized Psychology Specializations

  • General Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • School Psychology

Specialization Requirements

  • Candidate must meet all other licensure requirements
  • At least 25% of the post-doctoral work experience is to be completed in the area of candidate’s academic training

License Renewal

  • Licenses must be renewed biennially. License holders must complete 40 hours of continuing education, at least 10 of which must be via face-to-face or live webinar and three of which must be concerning ethics, for each license renewal period.
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Delaware Psychologist Salary and Employment Trends

Growth and Employment Rate for Psychologists in Delaware vs Nationwide

Clinical, Counseling & School Psychologists Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Delaware 6.9%

Psychologists, Other Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Delaware N/A

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

Nationwide 115,810

Delaware 280

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To learn more about psychology education programs, licensure, and economic data in Delaware, please visit the following resources.

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