One of the largest states in the country, Texas has a huge population base and a strong need for psychologists to serve that base. More than 6,000 people currently work within the psychology profession across the state of Texas. With plenty of great schools in Dallas, Houston, Austin, and beyond, prospective psychologists have plenty of educational opportunities to consider, including graduate programs in behavioral neuroscience, developmental psychology, and social & personality psychology.

Individuals interested in obtaining a psychology education in the state of Texas can use the search tool below to uncover some of the best psychology schools and graduate programs that the state has to offer.

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Despite what many believe at first, completing an education is not the final step in becoming a licensed and practicing psychologists. Each state, including Texas, has its own process for obtaining the license required to work legally in this field. While education is a big part of the process, there are other steps as well.

Licensing for Psychologists in Texas

Once that license process has been completed and individuals are eligible to practice psychology in Texas, they will be able to offer the following services, among others:

  • Group and individual therapy sessions which address issues such as anxiety or depression
  • Work with organizations and businesses on improving the emotional health and well-being of their staff as a whole
  • Help individuals struggling with addictions by offering treatment and therapy plans

Texas Licensing Authority Information

Candidates for a license to practice psychology in the state of Texas must apply to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. This Board has clearly defined a number of requirements for those desiring to obtain a license.

The steps that need to be taken by potential psychologists include the following:

Complete a doctoral-level education in the field of psychology at an accredited institution

Finish two years of supervised experience, with one of those years completed after doctoral degree has been received

Pass a total of three exams

Complete all relevant forms, submit to a background check, and pay all necessary fees

Texas Exams for Psychology Licensing

There are a total of three exams that need to be passed in order to complete the licensing process. The EPPP (Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology), a jurisprudence exam, and an oral examination.

Texas Psychology Specializations

  • Clinical Psychology
  • School Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Specialization Requirements

School psychologists in Texas have separate licensing requirements. To become a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, candidates must take the following steps, as outlined by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists:

  • Complete training program in school psychology approved/accredited by the American Psychological Association or the National Association of School Psychologists, or a graduate degree in psychology with specified coursework
  • Complete formal internship of at least 1200 hours, 600 of which must be in a public school
  • Pass National School Psychology Examination
  • Pass Jurispudence Examination

License Renewal

  • 20 units of professional development must be completed during each year that a license is held
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Texas Psychologist Salary and Employment Trends

Growth and Employment Rate for Psychologists in Texas vs Nationwide

Clinical, Counseling & School Psychologists Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Texas 16.5%

Psychologists, Other Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

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

Nationwide 115,810

Texas 6,240

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For more general information on the study and practice of psychology in the state of Texas, please feel free to browse the links below.

Texas Psychology Resources