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Business and Professions Code Section 2914, effective January 1, 2017, has been amended to gradually require applicants for licensure to obtain their qualifying degree from a regionally accredited university. The timeline for implementation of these requirements is below:

  • Applicants for licensure that are enrolled as of December 31, 2016, in a doctoral program in psychology, educational psychology, or education with a field of specialization in counseling psychology or educational psychology at a nationally accredited institution, or an approved institution that meets the requirements of Section 2914 (h), will be able to apply for licensure at any time, and this requirement will not apply.
  • Applicants for licensure that enroll in a doctoral program on or after January 1, 2017, in psychology, educational psychology, or education with a field of specialization in counseling psychology or educational psychology at a nationally accredited institution, or an approved institution that meets the requirements of Section 2914 (h), will need to meet the requirements for and apply for licensure on or before December 31, 2019.
  • Applicants for licensure that apply after on or January 1, 2020, must possess an earned doctorate degree in psychology, educational psychology, or education with the field of specialization in counseling psychology or educational psychology from a college or institution of higher education that is accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.