Graduate and professional school programs sometimes earn additional or advanced program accreditation. Generally, a school or degree program is accredited by a professional organization in the field that officially recognizes the program as meeting essential requirements, such as academic excellence.
For example, if you want to become an attorney, it is advantageous to go to a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. Interested in becoming a librarian? Attend a library science program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA).
The same is true for doctoral programs in clinical, counseling, and school psychology. It’s important to choose a degree accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
Who is the APA?
Founded over 100 years ago, the APA is a scientific and professional organization with over 150, 000 members, making it the largest association of psychologists worldwide. Its stated mission is to “advance psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting health, education, and human welfare.”
What does APA certification mean?
The APA Commission on Accreditation (CoA) accredits doctoral programs in clinical, counseling, and school psychology, as well as predoctoral internship and postdoctoral residency training programs in accordance with published guidelines and procedures.
Susan Zlotlow, PhD, director of APA’s accreditation office, explains that accreditation “serves as a quality-control guide for students.” She says, “For example, students can expect APA-accredited programs will offer organized, sequential training curricula and qualified faculty in adequate numbers.”
Students can also be confident that such programs will offer a certain level of supervision, and appropriate supplemental resources, such as libraries, computers, and office space.
What are the advantages of APA certification?
Accreditation gives students a measure of assurance that they can get a return on their educational investment. In many states, graduating from APA-accredited school is required for licensure. Graduating from an APA-accredited school will also open more opportunities for jobs and for membership in professional organizations.
For example, to become a member of the APA, one has to be a qualified professional in psychology with a doctoral degree in psychology from an APA-accredited school or a related field from a regionally accredited graduate or professional school.
How do I find an APA accredited school?
In addition, every December in the American Psychologist journal, the APA publishes its most recent listing of programs and their accreditation status.
It is best not to apply to a school listed as being “on probation.” If it indicates a particular program is pending, it is wise to contact the department head and discuss where they are in the process.
For those interested in studying online, Fielding Graduate University’s PhD program in Clinical Psychology is the only online doctoral program accredited by the APA. Students who are enrolled in the program do meet twice a year to meet residency requirements.
- Vaughn, Thomas J. ed. (2006). Psychology Licensure and Certification: What Students Need to Know. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
- Sayette, Michael A., Mayne Tracy J. & Norcross, John C. (2010) Insider’s Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology: 2010/2011 Ed. New York, NY. The Guilford Press.
- U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, (2009-2010). National Postsecondary Student Aid Study. Retrieved April 9 2010, from
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Angie Boss is an award-winning health writer and author or co-author of several books, including Before Your Time: Living Well with Premature Menopause (Simon and Schuster, 2010). She received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Sociology and Journalism from Virginia Wesleyan College and a Masters of Pastoral Counseling from Union Theological Seminary.Tips on more height when driving a golf ball? What does pitiful mean? Players only love you when they're playing meaning? What does msd stand for? What is cross country? What does 8 mean? How to do magic tricks with only cards? What does taurus mean? how to do to be vet helper Describe the meaning of the phrase wall of separation when it comes to freedom of religion? How to clean washing machine top loader? Tips on how to orgasm for women show? What does the purple heart mean? What is the meaning of a lion? What is an anthology? How to make pickled beets? How much ibuprofen is safe to take long-term? What is tax evasion? How to get a business license? How to train cat tricks? what os sf-helper What does the spread mean in betting? What does notifications silenced mean? 9 easy mind tricks to get what you want? why do we use static functions for helper functions What does bot mean? What is the meaning of teardrop tattoo? What is mail tips? How to avoid line when dying tips of hair? What does seal mean? What is tomorrow's forecast? What does sedition mean? What does harbinger mean? How much do uber eats drivers make in tips? How to/tips relating to the private investigation industry? How to do tricks in high heels? Claddagh ring how to wear? How to calculate mean in excel? Tips on how to get a glow up? How to get custom ringtones on iphone? What friends character are you? How many oz of water to drink a day? what is smartwi helper What time does the courthouse close? What does adl stand for? How to get a social security card? How to add cash to cash app card? How to make a hopper? How to get std? How to cure diarrhea? What is the meaning of 86 in restaurant? what happens if you dont stir hamburger helper What is the meaning of the three kings? How to be a good secretary tips? How to remove gel nails? Notable actresses who perform magic tricks? What are above the line deductions? What are two shooting tips? What is the meaning of discontinued? where to spec a helper spring for my xida's? What do you value meaning? how to make helper in codeigniter Theater tricks how to get a tail to grow? What does title mean on a form? What does precum meaning? What is triage mean? How many gordie howe hat tricks? How to get all the tricks in dog with a blog game 2015? What are the deathly hallows? How to clean acrylic paint brushes? How to hold a bowling ball? How to learn julius magic tricks? why is antivirus helper billing my credit card? How to do tricks with gamecube controller mario kart wii? What are some tricks you didnt believe reddit? How to get rid of internal hemorrhoids? How long does it take to replace a windshield? Tips on how to treat a new boyfriend? How often to change spark plugs? How to make rice noodles? What does ara ara mean in anime? What time does it get dark tonight? How much can you contribute to roth ira? What does pixels mean? Where to buy easy magic tricks? What does smexy mean? How to cook a whole chicken? What does bronchitis feel like? What does it mean to own your masters? Balisong tricks how to? What does belittle mean? how to configure ip helper address on cisco switch 2960 How to get abs in a week? How to tie a windsor knot? Ghetto boys mind playing tricks on me who raps? What does it mean to exploit someone? What do heart flutters mean? What are reborn dolls? What causes the tips of the thumb nails to be white? What is the meaning of the name harmony? How far to st louis? modem helper what is it