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The following is a list of Masters in Psychology programs throughout West Virigina.  

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American Public University System
111 W Congress St, Charles Town, WV 25414
American Public University offers the unique ability to pursue a degree in Psychology over the internet through online teaching methods. Students will gain knowledge through a diverse selection of skill sets including both classical and fundamental psychology principles. Research and practical techniques are combined to give graduates insight into the intriguing development of the human mind with courses geared toward abnormal psychology as well as developmental psychology. Although the program takes place online students are urged to participate in projects and discussions with faulty and peers while working toward their prospective careers in subjects like counseling, education, psychology, counseling, law, and organizational development. [full profile]
Master of Arts in Psychology Master's Online
Marshall University
1 John Marshall Dr, Huntington, WV 25755
Marshall University's Psychology Department resides on Marshall's Huntington, WV campus in Harris Hall; there are also programs available in the campus at South Charleston. The department provides Undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral programs in Psychology, each with their own emphasis on specific core specialties. Students seeking to graduate from the MA program may undergo studies in General or Clinical Psychology, while those seeking a Ph.D. will enroll in a degree emphasizing under served and rural areas. Subjects covered throughout the courses include human behavior, the relationships formed between human beings, and the cognition and affect that human behavior has on society. Graduates face future professions in medicine, business, social services, mental health, law, or industry settings. [full profile]
MasterÕs General psychology Master's Campus
Doctoral Degree in Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Master of Arts (Master of Arts) in Clinical Psychology Master's Campus
Masters in Experimental Psychology Master's Campus
Masters in Quantitative Psychology Master's Campus
Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology Master's Campus
West Virginia University
Stewart Hall, 1500 University Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26506-6201
Degrees offered through West Virginia University's Psychology program range from Master of Arts and Master of Science to Doctor of Philosophy; each program provides students with a strong foundation in multiple facets of psychology. Ph.D. programs at WVU are offered in Clinical Psychology, Clinical Child Psychology, Behavior Analysis, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Life Span Developmental Psychology, which allows graduates to enter into the professional world in careers that focus on research and teaching fields. Applicants are required to have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and students applying to graduate programs must have successfully completed relevant undergraduate programs before pursuing further academics. [full profile]
Doctorate in Behavior Analysis PhD/Doctorate Campus
Doctorate in Behavioral Neuroscience PhD/Doctorate Campus
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Doctorate in Clinical Child Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Master of Arts in School Psychology Master's Campus

West Virginia Psychology Requirements

Those who want to work as a psychologist in the state of West Virginia with its beautiful Appalachian Mountains have a great career to look forward to. According to Work Force West Virginia, there is going to be a 6% growth in demand for psychologists between 2012 and 2022. Hence, finding a job should be reasonably easy, and pay will be competitive.

Psychologists offer essential treatment for those who have mental illnesses, which are the leading cause of disability across the country. The role of a psychologist is to help people to regain control of their lives. In the state of West Virginia, there is a recognition of the importance of these jobs, which is why they ensure that all psychologists are properly licensed. Hence, strict requirements are in place.

Educational Requirements to Become a Licensed Psychologist in West Virginia

Those who want to work as a psychologist in the Mountain State must be educated to doctoral level. There are numerous accredited programs to choose from. Most of these are offered on campus, but there are also a number of online programs.

The rule requiring a doctoral degree does not apply to school psychologists, however. Here, a bachelor's degree is the minimum educational standard. Alternatively, school psychologists can complete a Certificate of Advance Study that has psychology at its core. Then, a number of additional requirements are also imposed.

A bachelor's degree takes four years to complete. A master's degree takes an extra two years to finish. A doctorate degree takes a further two to four years to complete. This depends mainly on previous education. Additionally, it is usually required to finish a supervised residency or internship. West Virginia also has supervised professional experience requirements, and the internship or residency, will count towards that.

Supervised Professional Experience for Psychologists in West Virginia

Those who want to become licensed as a psychologist in West Virginia must complete a one year internship. Alternatively, they can complete post-degree supervision that is approved by the The West Virginia Board of Examiners of Psychologists. A board-approved psychologist must supervise this. Additionally, at least 500 hours (25% of the full experience) have to be spent in direct contact with patients. Every week, students must take part in 2 hours of direct training with a licensed psychologist. A further two hours per week must focus on other educational opportunities, such as conferences, seminars, group experiences and so on.

West Virginia Psychologist Licensure Examinations

The final step that must be achieved to become a licensed psychologist in West Virginia is to pass the EPPP (Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology). This is a comprehensive test that sets the standard for the entire industry. Various different topics are covered in the exam, such as the different bases of assessment, behavior, intervention, diagnosis and more. The exam is made up of 225 different questions, each of which is of the multiple choice type. The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB), which is a national body, administers the test. The current cost of the EPPP is $600, but this can change.

The Career of a Psychologist in West Virginia

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are currently around 660 school psychologists and clinical counseling psychologists employed in West Virginia as of May 2013. Their average salary in 2011 was $52,580. This means that half of all psychologists earn more than this amount, and the other half earns more. The bottom 10% of psychologists earn an average of $39,060 and the top 10% earn at least $110,410.

There are great variations in the type of practice a psychologist works in as well. As such:

  • Clinical, counseling and school psychologists earn an average annual wage of $50,770, which is a 3.3% rise since the last count. Employment opportunities in this area have grown by 9.6% since the last count.
  • Industrial organizational psychologists earn an average annual salary of $70,620, which is a 14% growth since the last count. There are no data on how much employment opportunities have grown.
  • All other psychologists earn an average annual salary of $76,990, which is a 1.9% growth since the last count. Employment opportunities have grown by 1.2% since the last count.

This information demonstrates clearly that the greatest demand is in industrial organization psychology. It is also expected that this area will see the most significant salary increase between 2012 and 2022, if trends continue.

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