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Program Type Format
Aspen University
720 S Colorado Blvd Ste 1150N, Denver, CO 80246
Aspen University currently offers the Master in Psychology and Addiction Counseling degree. This degree is directed mainly at those that wish to pursue a career in addiction counseling, although they do also have the option of continuing on to a doctoral degree at a later stage. The focus is strongly on working directly with families and children who deal with substance abuse, which means you could find work and placements in schools, community centers and general health and medical centers. Aspen University offers distance learning opportunities and focuses strongly on providing students with as much support as they need, particularly since courses are fully self-directed. [full profile]
Master of Arts in Psychology and Addiction Counseling Master's Campus
Master of Science in Psychology Master's Campus
Colorado State University-Fort Collins
102 Administration Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0100
Master of Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology (M.A.I.O.P.) Master's Online
Colorado State University-Global Campus
8000 East Maplewood Avenue, Greenwood Village, CO 80111-0000
The Colorado State University Global Campus' College of Natural Sciences Psychology offers 6 innovative graduate programs to choose from. Students may apply to participate in Applied Social and Health, Industrial and Organizational, Cognitive, Counseling Psychology, as well as Cognitive Neuroscience, or a Master of Applied Industrial and Organizational Psychology, which is offered as an online distance learning opportunity. Application to these programs is highly competitive and students are encouraged to apply early and provide an exemplary academic record with a GPA ranging from 3.2 upwards. Scores in the GRE verbal scores and quantitative scores should also be higher than average, ranging within the fiftieth to seventieth percentile. [full profile]
Master of Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology (Master of ArtsI.O.P.) Master's Online
Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology Master's Campus
MA-JD in Forensic Psychology and Law Master's Campus
Naropa University
2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302-6697
The Naropa University Graduate School of Psychology offers a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology which is designed for those students who wish to develop a broad understanding of the field of Counseling Psychology. The course work for this program focuses on a practical learning experience set in the present day psychology world. Students are supported in cultivating their own professional identity and will be challenged in this process by faculty staff. Only 48 graduates are accepted on to this program each year and the department ensures that they create a diverse and cultural learning environment for all students who are undertaking the course. [full profile]
Masters in Counseling Psychology Concentration Master's Campus
Masters in Engineering Psychology Master's Campus
Masters in Cognitive Psychology Master's Campus
Masters in Social Pscychology Master's Campus
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
It was 1967 when the Department of Psychology at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, offered it's first psychology programs, the department was run by a single faculty member and didn't add it's first Doctoral program until 2004. Over the years it has grown and expanded, adding new members of the faculty as well as majors all the time. It now offers several programs at both graduate and undergraduate levels and currently offers the largest amount of undergraduate majors throughout the whole of the University. Each program is designed to support students in taking the next step towards their career and educational goals. [full profile]
Master of Arts in Psychological Science Master's Campus
PhD in Clinical Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Master of Arts in Psychology Master's Campus
Psychology Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) PhD/Doctorate Campus
University of Colorado Denver
1380 Lawrence Street, Lawrence Street Center, Suite 1400, Denver, CO 80217-3364
At the University of Colorado, Denver, you can take part in a number of psychology degree programs. Firstly, there is the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and secondly the Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Additionally, they offer a Ph.D. program in clinical psychology. The focus is strongly on behavioral neuroscience and clinical health psychology. They have a number of state of the art research facilities to ensure all students are able to have the best possible learning experience. A strong emphasis is placed on research in a variety of different fields, including depression, stress, child development and health and wellness. [full profile]
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Health Psychology (CHP) PhD/Doctorate Campus
Ph.D. in Clinical - Developmental - Industrial/Organizational - Social Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
University of Denver
2199 S. University Blvd, Denver, CO 80208
At the University of Denver, you can attend the graduate school of professional psychology, which allows you to work towards four different degrees. These are the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, and the MA in Psychology (clinical, forensic, international disaster or sports and performance). The University is committed to delivering a learning environment that is fully supportive of you as a student. Additionally, their goal is to make sure that their alumni are able to make a true impact on local and global communities. To achieve this, they have a strong focus on ensuring students are able to work in a variety of fields across the world. [full profile]
MasterÕs in Forensic Psychology (MAFP) Master's Campus
Ph.D. in Clinical Counseling Developmental Social - Decision - Organizational Science (SDOS) PhD/Doctorate Campus
University of Northern Colorado
Carter Hall - Rm 4000, Greeley, CO 80639
The Masters Degree in Educational Psychology offered by the University of Northern Colorado is a valuable tool for a wide range of individuals, teachers and consultants for example, in addition to those who are interested in gaining more knowledge in this field or wishing to gain employment in a related role. Educational Psychology is a study of how humans learn and what motivates them, it includes research and investigations into cognition and the brain, cognition and technology, the psychology of teaching a much more whilst also addressing these issues in different environments such as the workplace, school or everyday home life. [full profile]
Master of Arts Educational Psychology Master's Campus
Master of Arts in Psychology Master's Campus
University of the Rockies
1201 16th Street. Suite 200, Denver, CO 80202
The University of the Rockies currently offers a comprehensive Master of Arts degree in psychology. The degree teaches you how to human emotions, thought processes and motivation works and you will learn how to apply this information in a range of different settings in the world of business, organizations, criminal justice, sport, mental health counseling and education. If you wish to take part in the degree, you will have to choose a specialization. The university offers a wide variety of options in terms of this, ranging from non-profit management to career management and counseling, and everything in between those options.  [full profile]
Master of Arts in Psychology Master's Online
Master of Arts in Psychology - Health and Wellness Psychology Specialization Master's Online
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Doctor of Philosophy in Health Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus

Psychology Education In Colorado

Colorado has put some stringent requirements in place for anybody who wishes to become a psychologist in the state. These include criteria in terms of education, supervised working experience and examination. Once all these requirements have been completed, you can get to work as a psychologist in Colorado.

Educational Requirements to Become a Licensed Psychologist in Colorado

First of all, you must complete a bachelor's degree that is related to the field of counseling. This will generally take four years to completed. After graduation, you must study on towards achieving a master's degree. Colorado is one of the few states where you are not obliged to also complete a doctoral degree in order to work as a psychologist. However, many choose to do so regardless, as it improves the quality of care they can offer, and it improves their job prospects and remuneration packages.

A doctorate degree can either be a Psy.D. or a Ph.D. Choosing between the two can be a difficult decision, as it will significantly impact the future of a person's career. If you choose a Psy.D., you will work directly with people with mental disorders, diagnosing and treating them through various forms of psychotherapy. If you choose a Ph.D., you will be qualified to do the same, but it is more likely that you will get to work in research or education.

There is a clear significant difference between the two in terms of future career prospects. There is also a difference in the educational pathways. Generally, a Ph.D. will take at least four years to complete and it will include an original research thesis related to psychology. A Psy.D., by contrast, usually only takes two years to complete, which also means the thesis is shorter. The consequence of this is that grants and funding for Ph.D.s tends to be higher.

Supervised Professional Experience for Psychologists in Colorado

During your master's or doctorate degree program, you must take part in an internship of at least 700 hours, which will count towards your supervised professional experience. Once you have graduated, however, you must complete a further 2,300 hours of supervised experience and you have no more than two years to complete this. A total of 3,000 must have been completed before you can become licensed.

Further detailed information on requirements to become licensed as a psychologist in Colorado are available through the Colorado State Board of Psychologist Examiners website.

Colorado Psychologist Licensure Examinations

Colorado also sets itself apart from other states because it does not require prospective psychologists to take the national Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). Rather, they require those who have completed their education and their hours of supervised professional practice to pass the National Counsellor Examination for Licensure and Certification or NCE. Only those who pass this can get to work as a licensed psychologist in the state. Applying for a license can be completed through the website of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies.

The Career of a Psychologist in Colorado

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are currently some 2,550 psychologists employed in the state as of May 2014. The BLS has also reported that there are differences in the type of psychologists in terms of their average earnings and job growth. As such, they have reported that:

  • Clinical, counseling and school psychologists earn an average of $72,640 per year, which represents a growth of 2.3%. Employment in this field has risen by 4.3%.
  • All other psychologists earn an average of $77,710, a rise of 4.0%. The field itself has grown by 4.9%.

The average salary means that half of all psychologists earn less than that amount, and the other half earns more than that amount. There are a variety of influencing factors in terms of average salaries. Exact employer and years of experience are very important. However, a further difference is seen between holders of Ph.D.s and holders of Psy.D.s. Someone with a Psy.D. is more likely to work directly with patients in clinical settings. Their salary is likely to be closest to the actual average. Someone with a Ph.D. who works in research, however, is more likely to earn above that amount. By contrast, someone with a Ph.D. who works as a lecturer is more likely to earn less than average.

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