Delaware Psychology Licensure Requirements
To become licensed as a psychologist in Delaware, you must meet all of the licensure criteria developed by the Board of Examiners of Psychologists. These criteria include earning a doctoral degree in psychology, submitting an application to the Board, completing a year of supervised postdoctoral work, and passing a national licensure exam. The process of becoming a licensed psychologist in Delaware can be a lot of work, but we’ve prepared a guide to help you through it. On this page are instructions for each step of the path towards psychology licensure and answers to common questions, such as:
» How do I become a psychologist in Delaware?
» I have earned a PhD or PsyD and I am ready to learn how to get a psychologist license in Delaware.
» What are Delaware’s supervised professional experience rules and regulations?
» What psychology exams are required in Delaware?
» I am already a licensed psychologist in another state; how do I become licensed in Delaware by reciprocity?
» How do I renew my psychology license in Delaware?
» How much do psychologists in Delaware make?
Three Steps to Becoming a Psychologist in Delaware
There are three general steps involved in becoming a practicing psychologist in Delaware. First, you must complete a bachelor’s degree; afterwards, you may choose to earn an optional master’s degree. Second, you will need to earn a doctoral degree in psychology. You can meet this requirement by attending a psychology school in Delaware or in a state with similar requirements. The third and final step is to go through the steps of obtaining a psychology license through the Board.
1. Earn a bachelor’s degree and (optionally) a master’s degree in psychology.
Anyone planning to become a psychologist in Delaware should begin by completing a bachelor’s degree, which typically takes four years. Although it is helpful to take at least some psychology courses while you are an undergraduate, you can major in any subject for your bachelor’s degree. When you have finished, you will be awarded either a Bachelor of Science (BS) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, both of which are accepted by graduate programs in psychology.
After you have earned your bachelor’s degree, you can consider earning a stand-alone master’s degree in psychology. This is often a good option for people who have not taken many psychology courses or those who want more experience before applying to doctoral programs. To be admitted into a master’s degree program in psychology, you may need to meet prerequisites (e.g., certain prior psychology coursework) and take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Master’s degree programs usually take two to three years to complete and award either Master of Science (MS) or Master of Arts (MA) degrees, depending on the program and focus of training. Note that earning a stand-alone master’s degree is an optional step, however, and you are likely to earn a master’s degree during your doctoral program.
2. Earn a PsyD or PhD in psychology.
The next step towards becoming a licensed psychologist in Delaware is to earn a doctoral degree in psychology. Doctoral programs in psychology generally take between four and seven years to complete and award either Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degrees. There are some differences between these degrees that you should become familiar with before applying to doctoral programs.
In Delaware, you must earn your doctoral degree from a program that is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS), or one that is determined by the Board as providing equivalent training. This program must include a predoctoral internship that is at least 1,500 hours long, and the hours earned during this will count towards the Board’s supervised experience requirements for licensure.
3. Get licensed to practice psychology in Delaware.
After you have completed your doctoral degree in psychology, the last remaining step is to go through the process of becoming licensed through the Board. For this, you will need to earn additional postdoctoral experience, submit an application to the Board, and pass a national examination. Below are more details for each of these tasks.
Delaware Psychologist Licensing Process
1. Register as a psychological assistant.
For psychology licensure in Delaware, you will need to complete a year of supervised postdoctoral experience (see Step 2 below). Before you can begin earning these hours, however, the supervisor you will be working under will need to submit an Application for Psychological Assistant Registration on your behalf. You will need to provide some of the information for this application and your supervisor will complete other portions. Note that you will need to submit to a background check for a fee of $65 and must also request that your graduate transcripts be sent to the Board. When this form is complete, it must be notarized and your supervisor will need to submit it to the Board along with a fee of $92. The Board will notify you when your application has been accepted and you have been licensed as a psychological assistant.
2. Complete two years of supervised professional experience (SPE).
In Delaware, you must complete two years (3,000) of supervised professional experience (SPE) to earn a license to practice psychology. The first year of this (1,500 hours) will be earned during your predoctoral internship. During this internship, at least 50% of your time must be spent in activities related to providing services to patients, and 25% of those hours must be earned from face-to-face contact with patients.
The second year (1,500 hours) will need to be completed under your psychological assistant license after you have earned your doctoral degree. At least 375 of these hours must be earned from direct contact with patients or supervision of graduate students. For every 10 hours you work, you must receive one hour of in-person supervision. Your supervisor for your postdoctoral SPE must be a psychologist who has been licensed for at least two years with no disciplinary actions.
3. Pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology.
When the Board grants your psychological assistant license, they will also give you permission to sign up for the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), the national psychology licensure exam. It costs $687.50 to register for the EPPP, and you can take it while you are still working on your postdoctoral SPE. There are 225 multiple-choice questions on the EPPP that cover a variety of domains in psychology, and you must earn a score of 500 or higher to pass.
4. Submit an application to the Board for your full psychology license.
After you have successfully completed your SPE requirements and the EPPP, you can apply for your full psychology license. To do this, complete the Application for Licensure as a Psychologist by Examination form. Note that your postdoctoral SPE supervisor will need to complete the Supervisory Reference Form and submit it directly to the Board. When you have completed the application, mail it to the Board and include a $55 fee to upgrade your license.
5. Receive your license from the Board.
Before issuing your license, the Board will need to review and approve your application. They estimate that this process can take four to eight weeks. After you receive your license from the Board, you can begin practicing psychology without supervision.
Delaware Licensure by Reciprocity
The Board allows some psychologists who hold licenses in other states to apply for licensure in Delaware by reciprocity. To be eligible for this, you must hold an active psychology license in another state and have been in active practice for the past two years, hold a Certificate of Professional Qualification (CPQ) from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB), or be credentialed by the National Registry of Health Service Providers in Psychology. To apply for licensure by reciprocity, complete the Board’s Application for Licensure as a Psychologist by Reciprocity, have it notarized, and submit it to the Board with a $263 processing fee. As part of this application, you will also need to complete a background check, which costs $65. If your application is approved, you should receive your license in four to eight weeks.
Licensing Renewal and Continuing Professional Education Information
All Delaware psychology licenses expire on July 31 of odd-numbered years, so you will need to renew your license every two years to keep it active. In the weeks leading up to the renewal date, the Board will mail you a notice that informs you of the renewal fee for that period and provides instructions for renewing your license. Applications for renewal are completed online through Delaware Licensee Online Services.
During each two-year renewal period, you must also complete 40 hours of continuing education (CE) activities. At least 10 of these hours must be earned from attending activities in person or watching live webinars. In addition to attending seminars or workshops, you can also earn CE credits through activities such as taking a graduate course, authoring scholarly works, or presenting at conferences (though there are limits to how many credits can be earned from these types of activities. CE activities sponsored by the APA are automatically approved by the Board, but you will need to request approval for any other activities by submitting the Request for Approval of Continuing Education form to the Board. For more information about CE requirements, see Section 10 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations.
Delaware Psychology Jobs and Salary Information
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that the average salary for counseling, clinical, and school psychologists in Delaware is $73,210.1 Postsecondary psychology teachers in Delaware have an average salary of $94,220.1
It is expected that additional psychology jobs will be created in Delaware between 2016 and 2026. The number of counseling, clinical, and school psychology jobs is expected to increase by 9.6% during this time, while the number of postsecondary psychology teaching jobs is projected to increase by 14.0%.2 These numbers suggest a good outlook for anyone seeking a position as a psychologist in Delaware during that 10-year period.
|Occupation||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
|Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists||400||$73,210|
|Psychologists, All Other||N/A||N/A|
|Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary||60||$94,220|
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2017.1 Statistics for your locale may vary within this state.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to become a psychologist in Delaware?
Before earning a license to practice psychology in Delaware, you will need to earn a doctoral degree in psychology, obtain a year of postdoctoral work experience, and pass a national licensing exam. The entire process of becoming a psychologist usually takes about 10 years. However, this can vary based on a variety of factors, including whether you choose to pursue a stand-alone master’s degree and how much coursework your doctoral program requires.
What degree do I need to be a licensed psychologist in Delaware?
In Delaware, you must earn a doctoral degree in psychology, which will be either a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree. This degree will need to be awarded by a program that is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) or provides training equivalent to these standards.
How much do psychologists in Delaware make?
On average, counseling, clinical, and school psychologists in Delaware make $73,210 per year.1 Postsecondary psychology teachers in Delaware make an average of $94,220 per year.1 The BLS is missing data for “all other” and industrial-organizational psychologists.1
- Delaware Board of Examiners of Psychologists – State organization that issues psychology licenses.
- Delaware Psychological Association (DPA) – State psychological association that holds an annual conference and offers other CE opportunities.
- Delaware Association of School Psychologists (DASP) – Organization advocating and providing resources for school psychologists in Delaware.
- American Psychological Association (APA) – National organization with resources for the public as well as students and practitioners in all areas of psychology .
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Delaware: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_de.htm
2. Long Term Occupational Projections (2016-2026): http://www.projectionscentral.com/projections/longterm