What does a School Psychologist do?
School psychologists are on the team of school-based interventionists meant to help children succeed despite learning, emotional or behavioral issues. These highly trained professionals screen students for disabilities, offer counseling and help teachers and families create Independent Education Plans (IEPs). As a school psychologist, you may also refer students to other resources such as counselors, social workers or psychiatric evaluations. School psychologists are needed for all ages' preschool through high school. They commonly work with school social workers, counselors, the principal and teachers.
School psychologists need to have their master's degree in School Psychology after completing a Bachelor's degree in a related field such as Psychology, Sociology or Education. To be a school psychologist, you must also hold state and/or national School Psychologist certification from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). This certification requires the completion of a master's degree, passing the National School Psychology Exam and 1,200 hours of internship.
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“Good and pleasant place to work”
“Annual review season is overwhelming”
“Training was ok but not structured”
“Best place to work and educate children”
“I would say the pay initially quoted to me is NOT competitive with other contracting agencies.”
“Nice place to work and live.”
“pay is not competitive”
“Good pension scheme if a member”
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