Oklahoma Psychology Licensure Requirements
Once you have made the decision to pursue a career in psychology, you can get started on the process of obtaining a license to practice in Oklahoma through the Oklahoma State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. The licensure process includes completing certain educational requirements, gaining experience in the field, passing an examination, and completing an application. Since the licensure process in Oklahoma can be complicated, we’ve put together the following guide to give you step-by-step instructions that will help you along the way. Some important questions that often arise during the process include:
» How do I become a psychologist in Oklahoma?
» I have earned a PhD or PsyD and am ready to learn how to get a psychologist license in Oklahoma.
» What are Oklahoma’s supervised professional experience rules and regulations?
» What psychology exams are required in Oklahoma?
» How do I become licensed in Oklahoma by reciprocity?
» How much do psychologists in Oklahoma make?
Three Steps to Becoming a Psychologist in Oklahoma
Though the journey to becoming a licensed psychologist in Oklahoma can be challenging, it doesn’t have to be confusing. Before being eligible for licensure in the state, you will have to spend some time getting the proper educational background. Following are the three high-level steps to becoming a psychologist in Oklahoma.
1. Earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in psychology.
If you are interested in becoming a psychologist in Oklahoma, you first need to get a bachelor’s degree, either in psychology or in another field. A bachelor’s degree in psychology may be a Bachelor of Science (BS) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, typically takes around four years of full-time study to complete, and usually comprises about 120 semester credits. After obtaining your undergraduate degree, you will need to pursue a master’s degree in psychology or a related field, which may be a Master of Science (MS) or a Master of Arts (MA), depending on the school. Master’s degrees in psychology typically take around two years of full-time study to complete and require around 36-54 semester credits. Keep in mind that if your bachelor’s degree wasn’t in psychology or a closely related field, you may have to complete additional prerequisites before beginning a master’s program. Some master’s degrees in psychology are offered as part of a doctoral program (see Step 2 below), so you may choose to skip a stand-alone master’s program and enter a doctoral psychology program that includes a master’s degree as part of your thesis work. This educational foundation in psychology will give you the broad base of knowledge you will need to enter into a doctoral program and eventually to become a licensed psychologist.
2. Earn a PsyD or PhD in Psychology.
Before you can practice as a licensed psychologist in Oklahoma, you must first earn your Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychology from a regionally accredited and American Psychological Association (APA) accredited program. With the exception of the area of school psychology, Oklahoma applicants must have at least three years of study leading to their doctoral degree, two of which must be full-time, on-campus study, not including internships. For school psychologists, applicants must have at least one year of full-time, on-campus study, not including internships. According to the Board, your doctoral degree must also include at least 42 hours of graduate-level courses that are “primarily psychological in content.” Most doctoral psychology programs take between four and seven years to complete, depending on the school, on whether the program includes a master’s degree, any specialties pursued, and other factors.
For a comprehensive list of the doctoral programs offered in Oklahoma, see our Psychology Schools in Oklahoma page.
3. Get licensed to practice psychology in Oklahoma.
While fulfilling the education requirements alone can take almost a decade, that’s not all you must do to earn your licensure. The steps to getting licensed by the Oklahoma State Board of Examiners of Psychologists are detailed in the following section.
Oklahoma Psychologist Licensing Process
1. Submit your applicant information form to the Board.
The first step to apply for psychology licensure in the state of Oklahoma is to submit an Applicant Information Form and Affidavit (the affidavit will need to be notarized). Along with this form, applicants will submit a $400 application fee and two passport photos. Once the Board receives these items, you will be invited via email to begin the full online application process.
2. Gain two years of supervised professional experience (SPE) in your area of training.
Before you can become licensed Oklahoma, you must gain at least two years of supervised professional experience (SPE) in your field. You may start this process before or after submitting your Applicant Information Form. One of the two years of experience can be a pre-doctoral internship as long as it is in the areas of clinical, counseling, or school psychology.
For internship supervision experience, at least 2,000 hours over at least one calendar year must be logged with at least three licensed psychologists, and at least 25% of the work must be in direct contact with the patient. For postdoctoral supervision experience, at least 2,000 hours must be logged, 75 of which must be individual, face-to-face supervision distributed at a rate of 90 minutes per week for each month.
Before beginning your post-doc work, you and your supervisor will need to complete and submit an Application for Institutional Practice Under Supervision form along with a $200 fee, unless the post-doc is in an exempt setting such as a state agency. Once you have completed your post-doc work, you will submit confirmation of the SPE online with your application and submit the Application for Health Service Psychologist Certification (HSP) to the Board.
3. Pass the Oklahoma psychology licensing exams.
Regardless of the state in which you are seeking licensure, you must pass a standardized national exam to showcase your ability to understand and implement complex psychological ideas, theories, and practices. In order to pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), you must earn a scaled score of 500 or better.
The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) offers an EPPP practice exam to all applicants. The practice test will help you prepare for the kinds of questions on the actual exam and give you the experience of answering the questions in a timed setting.
In addition to the EPPP exam, the state of Oklahoma Board also requires psychologist candidates to take the Jurisprudence (JP) Examination to prove they are versed in Oklahoma’s code of ethics and rules of the Board. This exam is taken at the Board office, includes 120 multiple choice questions, and takes two hours to complete. A passing score of 70% is required and no fee is necessary for first-time candidates. You can access JP study materials through the Board’s website.
4. Submit your application to the Board.
During the full online application process, you will be asked to submit three letters of reference from licensed psychologists who are familiar with your character, your professional ethics, and the quality of services you provide. You will also be asked to submit documentation of your supervised professional experience. You must also list all graduate courses you took that are in your specialty area, comprising 42 hours of psychological content. You will receive your license from the Board once the application has been received and proof of fulfilling all requirements has been verified.
Oklahoma Licensure by Reciprocity
If you have been licensed in a state other than Oklahoma, you can submit your application for licensure to the Board along with the $400 application, two recent passport photographs, a notarized Citizens Affidavit, and an Application for Health Service Psychologist Certification.
Applicants will also need to submit three letters of reference form the licensed psychologists you list in your application, an Out of State Licensure Verification form, and your Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology (CPQ) or American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) Certification.
Once the committee has approved your application, you will be able to practice on your current out-of-state licensure for one year as you work to complete the remaining requirements for Oklahoma licensure. During this time, you will need to pass the Jurisprudence (JP) Exam. You will be issued Oklahoma licensure after passing the JP Exam.
Licensing Renewal and Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Information
In Oklahoma, a minimum of 20 credits must be completed each year to renew the psychology license. Three of those credits must be in ethics, and all credits must be approved by the Board. The CPE calendar year is January 1 through December 31 and all CPE requirements are due by the end of the year. You may carry over up to 12 hours to the next renewal year. An annual renewal fee of $400 will also be due before the next calendar year. Some workshops and seminars offered that fulfill CPE requirements are listed on the Board’s website.
Oklahoma Psychology Jobs and Salary Information
While some employment data is not available for psychologists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, clinical, counseling, and school psychologists in the state earn an average of $55,360 per year and postsecondary psychology teachers earn an average salary of $58,750.1 Overall, Projections Central predicts that the number of psychologists (not including teachers) in Oklahoma is projected to increase by an average of 10.7% by the year 2026.2 The most growth is expected in clinical, counseling, and school psychologists, who are expecting to grow by nearly 16% during the 10-year period between 2016 to 2026.1
|Occupation||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
|Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists||1,130||$55,360|
|Psychologists, All Other||100||N/A|
|Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary||390||$58,750|
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2017.1
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to become a psychologist in Oklahoma?
The length of time it will take to become licensed as a psychologist in Oklahoma depends partially on how quickly you complete your education. A typical bachelor’s degree will take four years of full-time study and a typical doctoral program including a master’s degree will take four to seven years of study. In addition to these years of schooling, you will need to complete two years of supervised experience to become licensed in Oklahoma (one of which may be completed during your doctoral program). In general, you should expect the entire process to take around 10 years, though it could take more or less time depending on your choices.
What degree do I need to be a licensed psychologist in Oklahoma?
The Oklahoma State Board of Examiners of Psychologists requires candidates to have a doctoral degree in psychology, either a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychology to be licensed.
How much do psychologists in Oklahoma make?
While the BLS does not provide information for the “all other” category of psychologists in Oklahoma, it reports that clinical, counseling, and school psychologists earn an average salary of $55,360 and postsecondary psychology teachers in the state earn an average of $58,750.1
- Oklahoma State Board of Examiners of Psychologists Resource Guide to Application Requirements – elaborates on the types of licenses available for psychologists, fees associated with the licensure process, coursework focusing on child abuse, and how to maintain or renew your license.
- Oklahoma Psychological Association (OPA) – The Oklahoma Psychological Association was founded in 1946 and aims to advance the profession of psychology to promote human welfare.
- Oklahoma Psychological Society (OPS) – The Oklahoma Psychological Society provides psychology students and faculty with a space to communicate their ideas and contribute to psychological research.
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Oklahoma: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ok.htm
2. Projections Central, Long Term Occupational Projections (2016-2026): http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm