department of sTATe

Division of Professional Regulation

3500 Board of Examiners of Psychologists

Statutory Authority: 24 Delaware Code, Section 3506(a)(1) (24 Del.C. §3506(a)(1)
24 DE. Admin. Code 1400



The Delaware Board of Examiners of Psychologists in accordance with 24 Del.C. §3506(a)(1) has proposed changes to Regulation 6 of the Board’s rules and regulations regarding Evaluation of Credentials. Specifically, the proposal amends regulation 6.1 and the subsections therein to conform to the American Psychological Association requirements for accreditation.

A public hearing will be held on October 3, 2005 at 9:30 a.m. in the second floor conference room A of the Cannon Building, 861 Silver Lake Boulevard, Dover, Delaware where members of the public can offer comments. Anyone wishing to receive a copy of the proposed rules and regulations may obtain a copy from the Delaware Board of Examiners of Psychologists. Persons wishing to submit written comments may forward these to the Board at the above address. The final date to receive written comments will be at the public hearing.

The Board will consider promulgating the proposed regulations at its regularly scheduled meeting following the public hearing.

6.0 Evaluation of Credentials

6.1 Candidates for licensure as psychologists in the State of Delaware shall:

6.1.1 Have received a doctoral degree based on a program of studies which is psychological in content and specifically designed to train and prepare psychologists. The doctoral degree must be from a college or university, accredited as required by 24 Del.C. §3508(a)(1) having a graduate program which states its purpose to be the training and preparation of psychologists Graduates of non-United States (U.S.) degree programs will be required to have their credentials evaluated by a credential evaluation service approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, to determine equivalency to the accreditation requirements of §3508(a)(1) and equivalency of psychological content and training. The Board will consider programs to be psychological in content by the criteria established by the joint designation project of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards and the Council for the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, as follows: Programs that are accredited by the American Psychological Association are recognized as meeting the definition of a professional psychology program. The criteria for accreditation serves as a model for professional psychology training. Or, all of the following criteria, (1) through (9): Training in professional psychology is doctoral training offered in a regionally accredited institution of higher education. The program, wherever it may be administratively housed, must be clearly identified and labeled as a psychology program. Such program must specify in pertinent institutional catalogues and brochures its intent to educate and train professional psychologists. The psychology program must stand as a recognizable, coherent organizational entity within the institution. There must be a clear authority and primary responsibility for the core and specialty areas whether or not the program cuts across administrative lines. The program must be an integrated, organized sequence of study. There must be an identifiable psychology faculty and a psychologist responsible for the program. The program must include a body of students who are matriculated in that program for a degree. The program must include supervised practicum, internship, field or laboratory training appropriate to the practice of psychology. The curriculum shall encompass a minimum of three (3) academic years of full time graduate study. In addition to instruction in scientific and professional ethics and standards research design and methodology, statistics, and psychometrics, the core program shall require each student to demonstrate competence in each of the following substantive content areas. This typically will be met by including a minimum of three or more graduate semester hours (5 or more graduate quarter hours) in each of these 4 substantive content areas: Biological bases of behavior: Physiological psychology, comparative psychology, neuropsychology, sensation and perception, psychopharmacology. Cognitive-affective bases of behavior: Learning, thinking, motivation, emotion. Social bases of behavior: Social psychology, group processes, organizational and systems theory. Individual differences: Personality theory, human development, abnormal psychology. The program specifies education and training objectives in terms of competencies expected of its graduates. Those competencies must be consistent with: The program's philosophy and training models. The substantive area(s) of professional psychology for which the program prepares students at the entry level of practice. An understanding of professional issues, including ethical, legal, and quality assurance principles. In achieving its objectives, the program has implemented a clear and coherent curriculum plan that provides the means whereby all students can acquire and demonstrate substantial understanding of and competence in the following areas: The breadth of scientific psychology, its history of thought and development, its research methods, and its applications. To achieve this end, the students shall be exposed to the current body of knowledge in at least the following areas: biological aspects of behavior; cognitive and affective aspects of behavior; social aspects of behavior; history and systems of psychology; psychological measurement; research methodology; and techniques of data analysis: The scientific, methodological, and theoretical foundations of practice in the substantive area(s) of professional psychology in which the program has its training emphasis. To achieve this end, the students shall be exposed to the current body of knowledge in at least the following areas: individual differences in behavior; human development; dysfunctional behavior or psychopathology; and professional standards and ethics: Diagnosing or defining problems through psychological assessment and measurement and formulating and implementing intervention strategies (including training in empirically supported procedures). To achieve this end, students shall be exposed to the current body of knowledge in at least the following areas: theories and methods of assessment and diagnosis; effective intervention; consultation and supervision; and evaluating the efficacy of interventions; and Issues of cultural and individual diversity that are relevant to all of the above. In addition, all professional education programs in psychology will include course requirements in specialty areas.

6.2 Have had, after receiving the doctoral degree, at least 2 years of supervised experience in psychological work satisfactory to the Board; and

6.3 Have achieved the passing score on the written standardized Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) developed by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) or its successor; or

6.4 The Board will qualify for licensing without examination any person who applies for licensure and who is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology. All such applicants must meet all other requirements for licensure.

2 DE Reg. 776 (11/1/98)
4 DE Reg. 980 (12/1/00)

*Please Note: As the rest of the sections were not amended they are not being published. A complete set of the rules and regulations for the Board of Examiners of Psychologists is available at:

9 DE Reg. 373 (09/01/05) (Prop.)