The Value of Education in Psychology
Undergraduate Psychology Programs
Undergraduate psychology students learn many important skills that prepare them for work in a variety of fields, in addition to providing preparation for training as professional psychologists. Psychology students learn how to gather information, analyze information, and interpret the usefulness of that information. They learn to read critically, rather than simply accepting what they read. They understand the difference between a causal relationship and a chance relationship between two or more factors. Psychology students also understand social relationships, and the impact of personal characteristics on decision-making. They learn how to identify problems, and how to develop a plan to address a problem once it is identified. All of these factors allow psychology students to make valuable contributions in many business, educational and research settings. We have provided links to many of the undergraduate psychology programs throughout the USA.
Graduate Psychology Programs
Graduate training in psychology prepares students for teaching and research in one or more of the specialization areas within the field of psychology. It also provides training for students who wish to apply psychological principles in social, educational and clinical areas. The major areas of study for graduate programs in psychology include: Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Community Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Personality Psychology, School Psychology, Educational Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Neuroscience and/or Biological Psychology, and Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Some graduate programs provide training in additional specialty areas.
If you plan to practice as an independently licensed psychologist, you must fulfill the requirements for licensure in the State where you plan to practice. This almost always requires training at the doctoral level, but also requires fulfillment of the education, supervision and experience requirements for licensure that vary from state to state. The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) has a Website that provides links to state psychology boards, where you will be able to review the licensing requirements in your state. We have provided links to many of the graduate psychology programs in the USA.