Counseling Psychology Degrees in Pennsylvania
(found programs from 1618 schools)

Psychological counseling is a highly regulated field, partly in order to protect clients during times of increased vulnerability. Counselors must have a minimum of a graduate degree as well as three years of supervision before they can practice on their own. If you are just entering this field, you will need to look into a Bachelor's degree in counseling psychology to begin, with the knowledge that you will likely need to expand into graduate psychology education to meet your end goals in this field.

If you want to practice as a licensed counselor and already have your bachelor's degree, you can look into Master's in Counseling Psychology programs in Pennsylvania. According to a program description at Temple University in Pennsylvania, students enrolled in a counseling psychology graduate program will complete the following types of classes:

  • Theories of Counseling Psychology
  • Group Counseling
  • Introduction to Research and Statistics
  • Human Development
  • Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling
  • Assessment Tools in Counseling
  • Interpreting Counseling Test Results
  • Counseling Internship

Licensing Requirements for Counseling Psychologists in Pennsylvania

Criteria for professional counselors is established and managed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors. The following qualifications must be met to earn the credential of Licensed Professional Counselor:

  • Successful completion of a program to include 60 semester hours of graduate coursework in counseling or a related field
  • The above program must include 48 semester hours in a graduate degree program in professional counseling or a closely related field
  • Student may have doctoral degree in counseling in lieu of the above
  • 3,600 hours of supervised counseling experience over a three-year period after completing 48 graduate-level credits
  • Doctoral candidates need 2,400 hours of supervised experience over a two-year period
  • All candidates must completed coursework in nine core areas, a supervised practicum of 100 hours and an internship of 600 hours
  • Passing score on the National Counseling Exam (NCE)

Career Outlook for Counseling Psychologists in Pennsylvania

A report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014 indicates that Pennsylvania has more people employed as clinical counselors than many other states. The Pennsylvania counselors and psychologists who work in Pennsylvania earn a median annual salary of $73,670. Not surprisingly, the majority of these professionals worked in Philadelphia metro area.

If you are ready to explore your options for studying counseling psychology in Pennsylvania, contact the schools that you see on our site to get details about costs, curriculum and admissions requirements.


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