To obtain a degree in psychology in South Carolina, your college options include four campus-based ones offering a master's degree, one of them offering a doctoral degree. The University of South Carolina, in Columbia, is one of the top South Carolina psychology colleges.
Your choices also include several online psychology schools in South Carolina. These distance learning schools are popular because they let you study on your own time, off campus. Online education is especially attractive to working professionals and/or people with children. If you prefer to take a mix of online and offline classes, consider a program that offers both.
South Carolina Psychology Degree Programs
If your goal is to become a Board of Psychology-credentialed psychologist, you need a doctoral degree in psychology, two years of supervised experience, and a minimum score of 70 percent (or 500) on the Examination for Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP).
School psychologists, however, are credentialed through the Department of Education, which offers three licensure levels. All require a qualifying score on the State Board of Education-required examination. In addition, the lowest license level requires a master's degree whereas the intermediate level requires a specialist degree, both from accredited regional or national colleges or universities. The highest level requires a doctoral degree and completion of an advanced school psychologist training program.
Psychology can be a lucrative career, with clinical, counseling, and school psychologists earning a mean annual salary of $62,620 in 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Other types of psychologists earn as much as $81,510 a year.