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I noticed that most of the talk on the page centers around graduate degrees, but nobody has mentioned a PsyD. Do most people just go for the specialist degree? I was told by a friend in the field that the specialist degree wasnt worth it.
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Date:January 5th, 2009 04:56 am (UTC)
I think it depends on your market. Here in Washington state, most districts don't offer a huge bonus for having a doctoral degree and in the rural areas there is a significant shortage of psychs. Most of the psychs in my district hold a Ed.S. or M.Ed. To have a private practice and call yourself a psychologist you need to be licensed by the state (which requires a doctoral degree).
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Date:January 5th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
I agree with the previous comment. Here in Iowa you only make $1 a day more if you have a PhD compared to an EdS degree...it's not worth getting a PhD here unless you want to teach. Very very few psychs have independent practice here in Iowa too, so that's not a reason to get a Phd here either....in Iowa school psych services are provided free in the schools, so parents don't pay for outside school psych services.
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Date:January 6th, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
There are remarkably fewer doctoral programs in my area. Another issue, frankly, was I was not ready to write a thesis when I was making the committment to grad school.
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Date:January 6th, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)
There are doctoral programs in my area but I didnt want a research based program so I chose the PsyD. The programs I am applying to are not even close to where I live. There are only 5 APA accredited PsyD program in School Psych, there are 4 in New York, 1 in New Jersey. I am from Florida. Not exactly a car ride away. I just wanted to know why most go for a PhD instead of a PsyD (other than the small number of available programs).
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