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Bowie State University
14000 Jericho Park Rd, Bowie, MD 20715-9465
To gain a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology at Bowie State University, students must demonstrate a number of different areas of knowledge and skill set including an in depth and general knowledge of three theories of Counseling Psychology including those related to the development of careers and education. They must also have a knowledge of different software programs and be able to recognize how these can aid counseling in schools. The required skill sets to achieve the Masters Degree include the appropriate response to clients behavior, the correct use of crisis intervention and more. A lot of attention focuses on commitment to helping relationships. [full profile]
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology Master's Campus
Master of Arts in School Psychology Master's Campus
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology Master's Campus
Loyola University Maryland
4501 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21210-2699
Loyola University Maryland provides a top notch Psychology Department with three main tracks for students to follow in the Master's Program. Graduates may choose from the following fields of specialty: Masters in Clinical Counseling Psychology, on a practitioner track, Masters in Clinical or Counseling Psychology on a thesis track, or a Masters Plus and Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) program. The practical approach to psychology gives students the necessary skills and tools to prepare them for employment in their selected field alongside a licensed psychologist at the doctoral level. Students are influenced to continue their education toward their own doctoral degree of to become an official Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. The thesis track is more aimed toward graduates considering further studies in psychology, while the CAS program is aimed toward students requiring additional course completion towards reaching their goals. [full profile]
Masters in Clinical or Counseling Psychology Practitioner Track Master's Campus
Masters (Masters of Science) in Clinical or Counseling Psychology Thesis Track Master's Campus
Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Doctoral Program in School Psychology PsyD PhD/Doctorate Online
Towson University
8000 York Rd, Towson, MD 21252-0001
Towson University College of Liberal Arts supplies a Master's of Arts degree in psychology that centers on four areas of study including experimental, school, clinical, and counseling psychology. Graduates in the clinical concentration are given the information and training necessary to apply for a doctoral program and enter the professional world with the ability to become licensed clinical professional counselors. The counseling course helps students get closer to the dream of achieving their license in order to work in hospitals, university counseling services, group homes, and mental health facilities. Students who choose to explore the experimental program are encouraged to develop a strong background in research in order to provide services to universities, hospitals, and other research based facilities. [full profile]
Master of Arts in Psychology Concentrations to Clinical Concentration - Counseling Concentration - Experimental Concentration Master's Campus
Accelerated Masters in Psychology Master's Campus
University of Baltimore
Charles at Mount Royal, Baltimore, MD 21201
The Graduate Program in Applied Psychology at the University of Baltimore provides training from top graded professors who specialize in psychotherapy, social psychology, research, and counseling, among other expertise. Students will gain knowledge and experience by working alongside faculty in an effort to gain the 42 to 48 credits necessary to graduate from the Master of Science program. In order to receive credentials as a National Certified Counselor graduates must complete all assigned coursework, show leadership and organizational skills and gain experience in the categories of advanced treatment methods, assessment, career development, counseling theory, as well as psychopathology and diagnosis and other lessons. [full profile]
Masters of Science in Applied Psychology Master's Campus
PhD in Psychology with concentrations in Behavioral Neuroscience - Clinical Psychology - Developmental Psychology - Ecological Psychology - Industrial / Organizational Psychology - Language and Cognition - Neurosciences (Interdepartmental) - Social Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
The University of Maryland promotes Psychology through a remarkable assortment of research and practical teaching methods that provide students with the skills necessary to further their education or find professional careers in their respective fields. The coursework covers the study of human behavior and cognitive function from society as a whole to individuals within selected cultures. Students entering the doctoral program are expected to work with one of five program areas including Cognitive and Neural Systems (CNS), Developmental Psychology, Social, Decision, and Organizational Science (SDOS), Counseling and Clinical Psychology. Students are mentored by well-respected faculty members, some of whom have experience as Editors, Associate Editors, and have received awards in their fields. [full profile]
Ph.D. in Clinical Counseling Developmental Social - Decision - Organizational Science (SDOS) PhD/Doctorate Campus
Master of Arts in Psychology Master's Campus
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
University of Maryland-Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250
The University of Maryland-Baltimore County is considered an Honors University accepting students with exceptional academic records and motivation for the field of Psychology. Within the Department of Psychology at UMBC students may choose from Master's Degree programs within the categories of Applied Behavior Analysis or Industrial and Organizational Psychology, while doctoral candidates may apply to gain a degree through either Applied Developmental Psychology or Human Services Psychology. Students in the MA programs are encouraged to continue on their academic path toward Ph.D.'s in their selected fields, although some graduates may go on to apply their knowledge to a professional career in Psychology. [full profile]
Masters Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis Master's Campus
Doctorate in Applied Developmental Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Ph.D. in psychology Behavioral Neuroscience PhD/Doctorate Campus
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Ph.D. in Quantitative Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Ph.D. in Social Psychology. PhD/Doctorate Campus

Psychology Education In Maryland

The job opportunities for psychologists in the Old Line State that is Maryland are positively thriving. If you are fully licensed to work as a psychologist, therefore, you should have no trouble in finding a job. The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation has stated that demand for psychologists is projected to grow by 11.7% between 2010 and 2020, which certainly represents a significant growth.

However, before you can become a practicing psychologist in Maryland, you must be fully licensed. This will require you to gain a certain amount of education, followed by experience hours and, finally, passing an examination. These requirements are very strict and for good reason. Maryland wants to make sure all psychologists practicing in that state are ready to take on the significant responsibilities that come with their job. You will be the greatest ally of your patients in terms of helping them fight a mental illness and live a healthy, happy and productive life. This means you must be able to diagnose and treat them, but also monitor them for progress and make adjustments as and where required. This can only be achieved through significant education and experience.

Educational Requirements to Become a Licensed Psychologist in Maryland

All psychologists in Maryland must be educated to doctorate level. This means you first have to complete a four-year bachelor's program, followed by a two-year master's program. At that point, you will have to choose between completing a Psy.D. or a Ph.D. at doctorate level. The degree program must be accredited by the American PsychologicalAssociation or recognized by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists.

A Psy.D. will usually take about two years to complete, and a Ph.D. will generally take at least four years. It is best to choose a program that includes an internship, as you also have to meet professional supervised experience requirements and your internship can count towards that. Choosing between the Psy.D. and the Ph.D. is a very important decision and it is recommended that you speak to a careers counselor before you make your choice.

Only school psychologists are exempt from the doctorate rule in Maryland.

Supervised Professional Experience for Psychologists in Maryland

You also need to complete a set amount of time of supervised professional experience. This must amount to at least two years, or 3,250 hours in total. Half of this can be obtained during internship, but at least half must be obtained after graduating from your doctorate degree. 75% of your hours must be completed while under direct professional supervision and your supervisor must be a licensed and approved psychologist. Further details can be obtained through the Maryland Office of the Secretary of State.

Maryland Psychologist Licensure Examinations

Finally, you will need to pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). This is a national test that consists of 225 multiple choice questions. It is administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). You must answer at least 70% of the questions correctly in order to pass. At present, the cost of the test is $600, although this does change regularly. The test covers all 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

The Career of a Psychologist in Maryland

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were some 2,160 psychologists employed in the state of Maryland as of May 2014. These have been subdivided into two categories. As such, the BLS reports that:

• Clinical, counseling and school psychologists earned an average of $73,840 per year, which was an increase of 3.4%. The sector had grown by 7.9% since the last count.
• All other psychologists earned an average of of $100,710, which was an increase of 3.7%. The sector had grown by 4.1% since the last count.

Do remember that an average salary means half of all psychologists earn less than that amount, and the other half earn more. Various factors are of influence in this, including where you work, how long you work and whether you hold a Ph.D. or a Psy.D.. It is here that you will notice the biggest difference and where the importance of your choice becomes clear. With a Psy.D., you will most likely work in direct care with patients with mental health issues. As a Ph.D. graduate, you are more likely to work in research or to be a lecturer and influence the next generation of psychologists.

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