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Connecticut Psychology Doctorate Programs & Requirements

Connecticut has universities where you can earn a PsyD degree. This guide will help you find the right one of those universities for your needs, so you can get the most from your education. You will also get information about how to earn your PsyD degree and what other requirements you need to meet in order to become a practicing psychologist in your state. Ready to get started? Let’s look at what you need to do next.

Quick Facts:

  • You can get a master’s degree after your bachelor’s degree, or head into a doctoral program that has a master’s component to it.
  • There are 12 schools in Connecticut that are offering a master’s degree or higher in the psychology field.
  • If you have worked in another state for five years and have been properly licensed there, you may quality for licensure in Connecticut by reciprocity.
  • Your license has to be renewed every year, and during that year you must complete at least 10 hours of continuing education.
  • Yale University has the highest graduation rate, with 98 percent of its students completing their education.

Top PsyD Degree Programs in Connecticut

The state has several options for schools that provide programs for a PsyD in Psychology. Here are some of them to consider:

#1 Western Connecticut State University (Danbury CT)

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at this university provides students with core course requirements along with a number of psychology courses. There are a number of on-campus activities that students can get involved in, including psychology clubs and related organizations. A psychology day is held annually, which gives students in the psychology department the opportunity to get involved with both scholarly and social activities.

#2 Central Connecticut State University (New Britain CT)

A Master of Arts in Psychology offers the chance to prepare for a doctoral program. There are also three concentrations to choose from, which are community, health, and general psychology. Both full-time and part-time options are available for students, so they can study in a way that works for them and their schedule. Depending on the concentration, there are between 36 and 42 credits needed to graduate. International courses and assistantships are both important to these kinds of programs, and students are encouraged to get involved with both.

#3 Connecticut College (New London CT)

Offering four different concentrations for the Master of Arts in Psychology, this college gives students choices when they want to move toward a doctoral program. Most students take two years to complete this program, but they have the opportunity to take up to two years to do so. The program is a very competitive one, and a 3.0 gpa is required throughout its completion.

How to Become a Practicing Clinical Psychologist in Connecticut

When you want to become a practicing psychologist in Connecticut, you need to tackle the first things first. You’ll need a degree, and the best way to get started is with a bachelor’s in psychology or a related field. You can get a certificate or associate’s degree, but you’ll still need to go for a bachelor’s after that.

While you’re working on that degree, make sure you’re paying attention to opportunities for you to get research work experience. The university you’re attending should have some opportunities like that, and as an undergraduate you’ll want to take advantage of those. You can work as a psychology research assistant for a professor, for example, and get a lot of good work experience while you also focus on your studies.

After you’ve earned your bachelor’s degree it’s time to get a master’s in psychology. Along with the programs listed above, there may be other programs in your area where you can earn your degree. That gives you plenty of choices, so you can pick the right one for you. Earning your master’s degree is a real accomplishment, but then you’ll need to focus on a PsyD degree, which is your doctorate work. When you add in the time it takes for your internship, you can expect this degree to take four or five years to complete.

Then you’ll graduate, and can put your effort into obtaining your license to practice as a psychologist in Connecticut. There are steps you’ll have to complete, and here are the main things you should be looking at.

  1. The Connecticut Department of Public Health will need you to submit an application form. This can be done online, which makes things faster and easier for anyone wanting to begin the licensing process.
  2. You’ll need one year of supervised work experience in your area of interest. Anything that you did during your doctoral work does not count as part of this requirement. While most states require two years of supervised work experience, these states allow the doctoral work to count toward this requirement. Connecticut doesn’t allow this, but it only asks for one year of experience. This essentially takes the same amount of time to complete.
  3. The Connecticut Department of Public Health will need verifying documentation. In short, you have to be able to show that you actually have the supervised work experience that’s required. If you can’t show that, you won’t be allowed to move forward to taking the exams.
  4. All state licensing exams will have to be taken and passed. Once these exams are successfully completed, you can request your psychology license from the Department of Public Health and start practicing psychology in that state.

Connecticut Clinical Psychologist Salary and Job Outlook

The average pay for psychologists in Connecticut is nearly $89,000, which is higher than many states. However, the northeast in general typically costs more and therefore has higher wages to compensate for the cost of living. It’s also important to note that the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a seven percent growth rate in psychology in Connecticut throughout the upcoming decade, with some types of psychology fields growing at a rate of more than 12 percent.

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Ann Steele, Ph.D.

Ann Steele, Ph.D.

Editor-In-Chief

Ann Steele, Ph.D., is Editor-In-Chief of PsydPrograms.org. Ann has training as a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who has worked with adults, couples, adolescents, and preteens throughout San Diego county.