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School Psychologist

Overview: School psychologists conduct diagnostic evaluation of individual students to identify their learning needs, limitations and potential in a school setting. They do diagnostic testing of students and meet with parents. They counsel students and advise teachers how to improve student motivation.
Duties: They plan special placement or learnining programs based on diagnostic assessments of individual students. Counsel students in groups or individually using psychodrama, play therapy, etc.

They carry out research to introduce and evaluate new programs to determine how well they meet students' educational, psychological and sociological needs.

Advise teachers and school administrators on teaching methods to enhance student motivation and participation in learning activities. They serve as a consultant to school boards.

They refer individual students to community agencies to secure medical, vocational and social services and follow up on individual student progress as a result of receiving such services.

Degree(s): A.A./B.A. QCC/QC Dual/Joint Liberal Arts & Sciences and Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) 
Job Outlook: Employment of school psychologists is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018 driven by a growing awareness of how students' mental health and behavioral problems, such as bullying, affect learning. School psychologists will also be needed for general student counseling on a variety of other issues, including working with students with disabilities or with special needs, tackling drug abuse, and consulting and managing personal crisis.
Salary Range (National Average): $33,000 to $45,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A master's or a doctorate's degree is generally required for employment as a school psychologist. To provide counseling services as a practicing psychologist, licensing is required in most states. Licensing often requires a doctorate's degree in psychology, one to two years of work experience, and a written and oral examination.
Recommended Skills:
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Bringing people together to discuss and resolve differences.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Gaining the respect of others by the nature and/or level of responsibility of your work.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Doing something to contribute to the betterment of the world. Doing something for the greater good.
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.