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Eastern Kentucky University
521 Lancaster Ave, Richmond, KY 40475-3102
Obtaining a Master of Science degree in General Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) requires candidates to take courses in the foundational teachings of psychology. This base knowledge will be used throughout the program, both in personal studies and while working with a mentoring member of the faculty to diversify and expand your understanding of the psychological world. Graduates must pass written and presentational coursework along with practical training in hands on research related learning. Successful graduates are encouraged to continue their search for education by applying to partake in doctoral programs following graduation. EKU provides top of the line resources for study, including research facilities, and a student lab. [full profile]
Masters in General Psychology Master's Campus
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinicial Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Doctor of Philosophy in Cognition and Development PhD/Doctorate Campus
Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience and Animal Behavior PhD/Doctorate Campus
Morehead State University
University Blvd, Morehead, KY 40351
If you have an interest in clinical psychology, you may want to complete a master's degree at the Morehead State University. The course includes both classroom tuition and hands-on experience and must include an internship in the final year. Morehead has been recognized as being one of the best universities in the country, which is due to their innovative and inclusive methods of teaching that puts both students and members of the community central to their operations. Additionally, they have a particular emphasis on accessibility, including for veterans. They are committed to improving the local community through their work and by delivering world class graduates. [full profile]
Master's Program in Clinical Psychology Master's Campus
Master of Arts in Psychology Master's Campus
Murray State University
218 Wells Hall, Murray, KY 42071-3318
Murray State University supplies students with the option for a Master of Arts or Master of Science in Clinical Psychology that features outstanding diagnoses and treatment training as they pertain to psychological disorders, as well as a practicum placement over the period of a year that involves the psychological assessment of families including children and adult patients. Throughout the study period students are expected to complete specific coursework that involves assessing adults and children in both in personality and intellect as well as working closely with a mentoring member of faculty who will provide more advanced training in the field of research and practical study. [full profile]
Master of Arts or Master of Science in Clinical Psychology Master's Campus
Masters of Science Degree in Psychology Master's Campus
Masters of Science Clinical Psychology/Counseling Master's Campus
Union College
310 College St, Barbourville, KY 40906-1499
Union College offers four different graduate studies in psychology. Firstly, it offers two Masters degrees in either counseling or clinical psychology. Additionally, they offer an online masters degree in psychology, as well as an online chemical dependency counselor program, which has a focus on addiction psychology. Union College is a private institution with a focus on liberal arts. Their goal is to make sure you receive the individual attention you need in order to complete your studies as well as possible. This support is given both inside and outside of the classroom, as is custom with those institutions that focus on liberal arts. [full profile]
Master's in Counseling Psychology Master's Online
Master's in Clinical Psychology Master's Online
Masters in Psychology Master's Online
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Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Master's Campus
Masters of Science in Industrial & Organizational Psychology Master's Campus
Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Ph.D. Program in Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
University of Kentucky
South Limestone, Lexington, KY 40506-0032
The University of Kentucky offers a 36 hour credit Master of Science in Education program that is aimed to prepare students in continuing academics through a Ph.D. degree in Counseling Psychology, as well as other degrees in the professional psychology world. An MA from UK also allows students pursuing certification in their state to create the foundation necessary to continue toward licensed status. Those seeking licensing are expected to complete extra course work and participate in an internship in their selected field of expertise through an Educational Specialist degree which can be applied for after completion of an MA. Kentucky's Master's program is a full-time study program consisting of 2 to 2.5 study years with a 9 credit minimum over the period of each semester. [full profile]
Master's in Counseling Psychology Master's Campus
Masters Program in General Psychology Master's Campus
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101-1000
Western Kentucky University offers a Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology concentration. This 2 year program uses the scientist-practitioner training model. The aim of the concentration is the ensure students possess the necessary skills and knowledge to be successful in research and therapy. Graduates often find employment in Mental Health, Rehabilitation and College Counseling Centers as well as various other mental health related positions. Many choose to go on to further their study and gain a Doctoral Degree before or alongside taking up employment in the field. There are many benefits to this program including small class sizes and opportunities to complete internships. [full profile]
Master of Arts in Psychology - Clinical Concentration Master's Campus
Master of Science in Psychology Master's Campus
Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy Master's Campus
Masters of Science in School Psychology Master's Campus

Psychology Education In Kentucky

The job market in the Bluegrass State of Kentucky for psychologists is very good. Indeed, it is one of the fastest growing careers in the state. Hence, it should be reasonably easy to find a job at a competitive pay. However, you will first need to earn your license, and some highly stringent requirements have been put into place to achieve this.

These requirements exist in terms of your education, your work experience and passing an examination. They have been put in place because it is recognized how big the responsibility is that psychologists carry. They are responsible for the mental health and well being of the people in Kentucky, and this ranges from mild depression to debilitation mental health problems. Hence, only those who have shown they can handle that responsibility will be able to become licensed.

Educational Requirements to Become a Licensed Psychologist in Kentucky

All psychologists in Kentucky must be educated to doctorate degree level. This starts by completing a four year bachelor's program, followed by a two year master's degree. Once you have achieved this, you will need to choose your doctorate, which can either be a Psy.D. or a Ph.D.. The Psy.D. is a practice-based degree, which generally takes around two years to complete. By contrast, the Ph.D. is a research-based degree, for which you will need to complete an original research thesis that will have an impact on the field of psychology. This is a lot of hard work, which is why it will usually take you around four years to complete this program. As a result, funding and grants also tend to be higher for the Ph.D. degree. You may want to speak to a career adviser to help you decide between the two degrees, because this will heavily influence the type of work you will be able to do on completion.

Supervised Professional Experience for Psychologists in Kentucky

During your doctorate degree educational program, you are likely to have to complete an internship. The hours you accumulate here can be counted towards your supervised professional experience, which is a requirement set by the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology and by Kentucky law. You need to complete a total of 3,600 supervised professional experience hours within two years of graduating. Up to 1,800 hours can be completed before graduation, and the other 1,800 hours must be done post-doctorate. You must also ensure that at least 100 of these hours were completed while being under direct guidance of a licensed psychologist.

Kentucky Psychologist Licensure Examinations

The final step you must complete before gaining your license is to pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), which is administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). This 225 multiple choice questions test covers the following eight core areas of psychology:

• Biological Bases of Behavior
• Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior
• Social and Cultural Bases of Behavior
• Growth and Lifespan Development
• Assessment and Diagnosis
• Treatment, Intervention, Prevention and Supervision
• Research Methods and Statistics
• Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues

You must answer at least 70% correctly in order to be awarded a passing rate. The current fee for this test is $600. However, this cost does change regularly.

The Career of a Psychologist in Kentucky

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that some 1,160 psychologists were employed in the state as of May 2014. They have also reported that:

• Clinical, counseling and school psychologists earn an average of $61,660, which is a 2.6% rise since the last count. Demand for these psychologists has grown by 9.5%.
• All other psychologists earn an average of $78,390, a rise of 1.5%. Demand in this field has shown a rise of 5.7%.

Naturally, being average salaries, this means that half of all psychologists earn less than that amount, and the other half earn more. There are great variations depending on where you work, how much experience you have and, mainly, whether you hold a Ph.D. or a Psy.D.. With a Ph.D., you are likely to get to work either in research facilities or as a lecturer, influencing the field of psychology itself. If you hold a Psy.D., by contrast, you will likely work directly with patients in clinical settings, offering them diagnosis, assessment and treatment for mental health.

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