If you are interested in working with children and adolescents, teachers, and parents to
then you may be interested in becoming a school psychologist. The kinds of problems that school psychologists try to help children and adolescents resolve include
Who Are School Psychologists?
School psychologists have specialized training in both psychology and education. They use their training and skills to team with educators, parents, and other mental health professionals to ensure that every child learns in a safe, healthy, and supportive environment. School psychologists understand school systems, effective teaching and successful learning. Today’s children face more challenges than ever before. School psychologists can provide solutions for tomorrow’s problems through thoughtful and positive actions today.
The majority of school psychologists are employed in public and private school systems but they may also work in clinics, hospitals, school-based health centers, various institutions or private practice.
A Doctorate (Ph.D., Psy.D., Ed.D.) would be needed to teach at the University level. Many with doctorates also work in public schools, hospitals, university counseling centers, or government. Doctoral programs are 4 to 5 years including internship. It is not necessary to have a doctorate to work as a school psychologist (See Ed.S. description.)
The requirements to become a school psychologist are
Resources for identifying programs in school psychology include:
For further information on school psychologists
Adapted from: National Association for School Psychologists. (2000). What is a School Psychologist. [Brochure]. Bethesda, MD: Author.
Another option for the person interested in working with children in the schools is an MA in School Counseling. This degree takes 1 and 1/2 years to complete and requires a teaching certificate.
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