Question by  Joy91 (35)

What training is required to become a child psychologist?

I am interested in psychology and I like working with kids.


Answer by  mem4dr (1378)

To become a licensed child psychologist, you must get a doctorate in clinical psychology. A doctorate can take up to eight years to earn. The training includes both formal classes and hands-on clinical experience. To be accepted to graduate school, you must have at least some background in statistics as statistics are used a lot in academic research.


Answer by  tamkees (3203)

You'll need at least a master's degree in psychology or a related field. After completing a clinical practicum, all that's left is passing your state's licensing exam.


Answer by  technogeek (6640)

You will need to get a degree in psychology, but your concentration would need to be in child psychology. You will follow that up with a doctorate, and then you will either start your own practice, or get a job with a school as the psychologist. That would be the easiest way.


Answer by  John (9008)

You have to obtain a doctoral degree in psychology, and then pass board and licensing examinations. It takes a long time and is a lot of work.


Answer by  elynne (1153)

the normal path to this career is to complete first a degree in psychology from a college program, followed by graduate work with a speciality in child psychology. Writing the APA and requesting information from them would lead you to the best graduate program for this career goal

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