Like other states, someone who wants to be a working psychologist, must first earn their doctorate degree in psychology, but unlike most states, New York maintains its own list of acceptable colleges.
When you’re choosing your psychology program, the accreditation information should be included in the university’s course catalog. You can also check New York’s college list.
If you’re attending college in another state and want to get a New York-based psychology license, your college will need to be regionally accredited. The psychology program also needs to take the equivalent of three years of work or 30 semester hours.
In addition to earning your doctorate, you must take three semester hours of each of the following subjects:
- Psychology history and design
- Research design, methodology, and statistics
- Biological basis of behavior
- Individual differences
- Social basis of behavior
- Cognitive-affective basis of behavior
Psychology students must also take classes that cover cultural and ethnic diversity and scientific and professional standards. Their coursework will include child abuse training as well. New York-based students will have this content included in their classes, but transfers will need to get this training through an approved provider.
Before graduating, candidates must also have a year’s worth (or 1,750 hours) of practical experience. This could be a practicum, internship, or applied research.