Who Are School Psychologists?
School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school. School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education. They must complete a minimum of a post-Master's degree program that includes a year long internship and emphasizes preparation in mental health, child development, school organization, learning styles and processes, behavior, motivation, and effective teaching. School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they work.
What Skills Do School Psychologists Have?
School psychologists' unique training builds a broad range of skills that enables them to:
- Work collaboratively with students, parents, teachers, and other professionals.
- Use problem solving approaches to address student issues.
- Improve school practices and policies to reduce impediments to student achievement.
- Exhibit strong team member and leadership skills.
- Promote appreciation and support for human diversity.
- Employ good interpersonal and communication skills.
- Demonstrate the highest standards for ethical and professional behavior.
Where Do School Psychologists Work?
School psychologists play an increasingly integral role in the success of today’s youth and the schools they attend. In fact, demand for psychologists is expected to grow 12 percent from 2008 to 2018. Highly trained, well respected and recognized for their high Praxis II Exam scores, graduates of CBU’s MS with a Specialization in School Psychology are making a measurable difference in the lives of students in a range of educational settings including:
- Public and private school systems
- School-based health centers
- Clinics and hospitals
- Private practice and consultancies (as a LEP)
- Community and state agencies, and other institutions