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Arcadia University
450 S Easton Rd, Glenside, PA 19038-3295
Arcadia University currently offers a graduate degree in counseling psychology with a number of different specialization options. These are autism, applied behavior analysis, community public health, child/family therapy, school counseling, mental health counseling and trauma (clinical bases of treatment and recovery). All of these specializations are offered to those who wish to become licensed practitioners. Arcadia University is committed to offering their students the best of the best. This includes the opportunity to take part in global partnerships and personal, one to one attention from mentors and faculty teachers. Additionally, they want to make sure you learn from real world experiences. [full profile]
Masters of Arts Counseling Psychology Master's Campus
California University of Pennsylvania
250 University Ave, California, PA 15419-1394
The California University of Pennsylvania is offering a Master of Science Degree in School Psychology. This is a graduate program which combines the knowledge and skill set of several different related branches of Psychology such as Child, Human, Educational and a highlighted focus on Special Education. This program is particularly beneficial to those seeking a career as a School Psychologist as it involves gaining valuable insight into the theories and practices behind consulting with parents and teachers, staff training and behavioral interventions. For a full time student, it takes around 14 months to gain the required credits after which the next route is up to them. [full profile]
Master of Science - School Psychology Master's Online
Master of Science in Psychology - Master of Science in Addiction Counseling - Master of Science in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy Master's Online
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
The Psychology Department of Carnegie Mellon University emphasizes research in both coursework and external training and offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. Masters and Doctoral programs at CMU require students to participate in mentored research and collaborated presentations with faculty members in their respective field of study. Students interested in the Ph.D. program are required to have graduated from the MA program with a strong foundation in social and personality psychology, developmental psychology, cognition, and cognitive neuroscience, as well as having written a thesis. The undergraduate department provides both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science within the Psychology field. Similar core values will be covered with emphasis on lab work and research achievements. [full profile]
PhD Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Master's in General Experimental Psychology & Mental Health Counseling Programs & School Psychology Master's Campus
Chatham University
Woodland Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15232
The Chatham University Master of Science in Counseling Psychology is perfect for those who wish to work directly with people, ensuring that all members of society have excellent mental health. It focuses on determining what the psychological needs of society are, and how these can be met. Chatham University is about putting the person central, be that the student or the patients you will be working with upon completion of the degree. The degree is designed to allow you to start work in various psychological fields, including mental health institutions, research facilities, educational establishments, businesses and organizations and various others. [full profile]
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology Master's Campus
Master of Science (MS) Applied Psychology Master's Campus
Chestnut Hill College
9601 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118-2693
The Clinical and Counseling Psychology Masters Degree program at Chestnut Hill College is a 48 credit program which uses a core curriculum in addition to five specialist tracks. Students may use all credits from the general curriculum or concentrate in one of the five areas which include Co-Occurring Disorders, Trauma Studies, Treatment of Autistic Spectrum Disorders and more. There are opportunities to gain valuable practical experience in internship positions and students may make up a number of their credit hours by doing so. This program is designed to enable graduates to go on to further study or become a licensed professional. [full profile]
Master of Science (Masters of Science) - Clinical and Counseling Psychology Master's Campus
Master of Arts Clinical Psychology Master's Campus
Drexel University
3141 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Drexel University offers the Master of Science in Psychology for those who want to work in the field of psychological science and research. The program focuses strongly on research and is really the first step towards a graduate degree. For instance, you may want to work towards a Ph.D., or enter a research degree. During the course, you will take part in various hands-on experiences focused mainly on behavioral and neurocognitive science. Additionally, the course requires at least 8 hours a week to be spent in a laboratory doing research work. Additionally, you must complete a thesis at the end of the degree program. [full profile]
Master of Science in Psychology Master's Campus
MasterÕs in Psychology Master's Campus
MasterÕs in General Psychology Master's Campus
MasterÕs in Clinical Psychology Master's Campus
MasterÕs in Clinical Behavioral Psychology Master's Campus
Ph.D. in clinical psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
219 Meadville Street, Edinboro, PA 16444-0001
The Department of Psychology influences one of the most popular undergraduate majors offered by the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Throughout this course students will complete work inside the classroom as well as in the psychology lab. All work is approved by the American Psychological Association for undergraduate programs and applies communication, critical thinking, and research skills into an advanced understanding of the diversity of human behavior. Students will learn about counseling, corrections programs, social services and the business side of the psychology world. This program is designed to assist students in fulfilling requirements needed to pass into more advanced levels of study in their selected field of expertise. [full profile]
Master of Education in Educational Psychology Master's Online
MA Media Psychology Master's Online
Immaculata University
1145 King Rd, Immaculata, PA 19345-0702
The Graduate Psychology Department at Immaculata University is committed to providing a unique and strategic approach to teaching the necessary tools and information for a professional career in the study of psychology. The curriculum of each individual specialization is designed to promote interest in the cultural, practical, ethical, education, and philosophical issues facing the psychological world today. Students seeking careers in professions related to mental health are given clinical study time and hands on learning experience to prepare them for a future in their prospective field. During this time they may work closely with faculty members to gain as much perspective and insight as possible. [full profile]
Master of Arts Counseling Psychology Master's Campus
Master of Arts Counseling Psychology with School Psychology Certification Master's Campus
Master of Arts CounselingÊPsychology with Elementary School Counselor Certification Master's Campus
Master of Arts CounselingÊPsychology with Secondary School Counselor Certification Master's Campus
Master of Science Industrial/Organizational Psychology Master's Campus
PhD in Clinical Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) PhD/Doctorate Campus
Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus
1011 South Dr 201 Sutton Hall, Indiana, PA 15705-1098
The Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus (IUP) provides students with an advanced Master's Degree Program in Psychology that leads graduates through a rigorous course load of research-oriented learning. Successful candidates will be motivated by faculty to pursue further education through a doctoral-level psychology degree. Although a professional career is possible with a terminal MA degree, jobs are limited to fields like research services or teaching at a community college level. Students seeking to obtain a higher level of study open doors for themselves to gain licensing as a counselor or therapist, teach at a university level, and gain the ability to become principle writers in research grants and work without as much supervision. [full profile]
Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology Master's Campus
Master of Science Industrial/Organizational Psychology Master's Campus
La Salle University
1900 W Olney Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19141-1199
The School of Arts and Sciences at La Salle University is offers a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, in which the faculty are committed to educating and training students to the required level of scientific and practical Clinical Psychology knowledge, so that they may be successful and effective in a variety of psychology professions. The program uses the Practitioner-Scholar training model and includes a wide variety of topics throughout the curriculum such as Evidence-Based Practice, Psychological Science and Theory as well as Sensitivity and Awareness of Individual Differences. On a full time basis, the program is designed to last for 5 years. [full profile]
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy Master's Campus
Professional Clinical Counseling and Industrial/Organizational PsychologyÑManagement and Human Resources Master's Campus
Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Masters in Psychology/Counseling Master's Campus
Masters in Psychology Master's Campus
Millersville University of Pennsylvania
1 South George Street, Lyle Hall, Millersville, PA 17551-0302
The Psychology Department at Millersville University of Pennsylvania expects graduates to complete a 42 credit program which provides the required information and tools to enter and succeed in a doctoral degree. Through a 60 credit option, students are able to fulfill their educational obligation to meet the level of Licensed Professional Counselor after appropriate testing and applications are complete. Clinical graduates are expected to complete 3 base courses creating the foundation of this program; courses include child development in the family system, psychopathology, and research design and statistical analysis. A minimum GPA of 3.0 must be obtained throughout the three core courses in order to succeed. [full profile]
Master of Science in Clinical Psychology Master's Campus
Masters of Science with Certification in School Psychology Master's Campus
Certification in Supervision of School Psychological Services Certificate Campus
Master's Program in Clinical Psychology Master's Campus
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
4170 City Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19131
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine's School of Psychology offers a Master of Science (MS) program taught by well-known and respected leaders of the Psychology field. The program includes a strong substructure in the subject of applied behavior analysis and is designed to attract bright, competent, professional students who possess the integrity and character necessary to provide children with educational, mental health, and behavioral services. This degree is structured to require 33 credits over the level of a basic bachelor's degree over a fourteen month period; it is a full-time program with the convenience of flexibility in some areas for students who are also working. A period of practicum is utilized to give students the required fieldwork necessary to complete the Master's degree and continue toward certification or career in the Psychology world. [full profile]
Master of Science in School Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis Master's Campus
Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology Master's Campus
Masters of Arts in General Psychology Master's Campus
Masters of Arts in School Psychology Master's Campus
PhD in Clinical Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Point Park University
201 Wood St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1984
At Point Park University, you can study towards a Masters Degree in Clinical Community Intervention and Action Research for Positive Social Change. Upon completion, you should be able to enhance the well-being of individuals and groups within communities, with a particular focus on the influence of social and cultural backgrounds on mental health. You will be required to undertake a thesis, which is a practical piece of work, during which you will be within the community itself. The focus of the university is strongly on humanities and human sciences, and a range of other qualifications are also available within this field. [full profile]
Masters in Clinical-Community Psychology Master's Campus
Master of Arts in Psychology Master's Campus
Saint Joseph's University
5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131-1395
At Saint Joseph's University, you can prepare yourself for a range of different psychology degrees, from an undergraduate and graduate perspective. The curriculum is designed to excite and challenge you, through a diverse range of subjects and teaching methods. Because of the variety of courses on offer, you can choose to work towards a career in a scientific field, or in a corporate area. The focus is strongly on current and new research, with a particular emphasis on ethical issues. Some of the courses on offer include the undergraduate BS degree, the graduate MS program and a BS/MS combined degree, which takes five years to complete. Experimental psychology is at the forefront of the curriculum. [full profile]
Post Master's Certificate in Behavior Analysis Certificate Online
Master of Arts in Counseling Master's Campus
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology Master's Campus
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299
You can study towards an MS in Psychological Science at the Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. With this, you have a choice of three tracts, being general/reading, applied and research. Choosing general/reading generally means that you are already employed and are looking at advancing your career. The applied tract is suitable for those who are looking for a career in the field. Finally, the research option is most suitable for those who want to go on towards achieving a doctoral degree. The university places a strong emphasis on community and they ensure that each student receives the personal attention he or she needs. [full profile]
Master of Science in Psychological Science Master's Online
Master of Science in Educational Psychology & Methodology Master's Campus
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085-1699
The Villanova University graduate program in psychology is designed to help you on your track towards achieving a Ph.D. in psychology. The course is beneficial for a wide range of psychological preparations, including terminal mental health, counseling and clinical psychology. Additionally, there is an emphasis on data collection and research, which is another interesting possible career option. Villanova has been able to build a very good reputation on a national level in recent years and is known to really help those who wish to pursue Ph.D. level education. One of the reasons they have been able to do this is by their excellent research facility. [full profile]
Master of Science degree in general psychology Master's Campus
Master of Arts in Psychology - Clinical Concentration Master's Campus

Psychology Education In Pennsylvania

If you want to become a practicing psychologist in the Keystone State, you have an interesting and rewarding career ahead of you. Demand for psychologists is high, and this leads to competitive salaries and interesting other benefits. However, Pennsylvania has put a number of stringent requirements in place for those who want to get to work in this field.

It has been estimated that a quarter of all adults above the age of 18 will suffer from some sort of mental illness during the course of their lifetime. A psychologist is there to ensure they are able to regain control over their lives, helping them to improve their overall health, happiness and well being. Some people have such debilitating mental illnesses that they will never be able to live an independent life. However, even these people deserve treatment, compassion and care. Whether someone is suffering from mild depression, or is experiencing a full psychosis, a psychologist has to be able to deal with it all. This is a lot of responsibility and only those who have been able to prove they can handle that through education, experience and examination will be able to become licensed.

Educational Requirements to Become a Licensed Psychologist in Pennsylvania

In order to become a psychologist in Pennsylvania, you will first need to obtain a doctorate degree. This means that you have to study for four years to achieve a bachelor's, followed by two years for a master's degree, after which you will need to choose between a Psy.D. (practical degree) or Ph.D. (research degree). It can take between three and seven years to complete this. The doctorate degree must be accredited by the American Psychological Association and/or it has to be designated by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) National Register Designation Project. It is also recommended to choose a project that includes an internship or residency, as this can help towards your professional supervised experience.

School psychologists are exempted from the requirement to have a doctorate degree. They have to earn a school psychology master's degree instead.

Supervised Professional Experience for Psychologists in Pennsylvania

According to the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology, you also need to complete supervised professional experience. This must be at least 1,750 hours (12 months) and half of this must be completed performing assessment, diagnosis, interventions, therapy, consultation or supervision.

Pennsylvania Psychologist Licensure Examinations

Finally, once you have met the above requirements, you can apply to take the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). This is a national test that is administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). It consists of 225 multiple choice questions and you must answer at least 70% correctly in order to pass. The examination covers 8 different content areas:

• 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

At present, the cost of the examination is $600, although this is subject to change.

The Career of a Psychologist in Pennsylvania

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic (BLS), there were some 5,880 psychologists employed in Pennsylvania as of May 2014. The BLS has subdivided these into three categories. As such:

• Clinical, counseling and school psychologists earned an average of $68,250, which is a rise of 2.4% compared to the last count. The industry had grown by 6.5%.
• Industrial organization psychologists earned an average of $92,780 per year, a rise of 5.7%. The industry had grown by 26.5%. Industrial organizational psychology is a new and emerging field of psychology, which is causing demand to be very high. However, this is believed to be a temporary surge that will soon plateau.
• All other psychologists earned an average of $82,980 per year, a rise of 1.8%. The industry had grown by 8.6%.

Average salaries mean that half of all psychologists in those categories earn less than the amount, and the other half earn more. Various factors are of influence, including years of experience and exact employer. Additionally, a variation is caused by whether you achieved a Ph.D. and therefore work in research or as a lecturer, or whether you achieved a Psy.D. and are employed in direct clinical treatment facilities working with patients.

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