School Psychologist, EdS, NCSP
Hours: M-F 8:00am to 3:30pm
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 Specialist-level
degree program (60 graduate semester credits) that includes a
1200-hour internship and emphasizes preparation in the following:
data-based decision making, consultation and collaboration,
effective instruction, child development, student diversity and
development, school organization, prevention, intervention, mental
health, learning styles, behavior, research, and program
School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the
state in which they work. They also may be nationally certified by
the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB).
What School Psychologists Do
School psychologists work to find the best solution for each
student and situation; they use different strategies to address
student needs and to improve school and district-wide support
School psychologists work with students individually and in
groups. They also develop programs to train teachers and parents
about effective teaching and learning strategies, techniques to
manage behavior at home and in the classroom, working with students
with disabilities or with special talents, addressing abuse of
drugs and other substances, and preventing and managing crises.
In addition, most school psychologists provide the following
- Collaborate with teachers, parents, and administrators to find
effective solutions to learning and behavior problems.
- Help others understand child development and how it affects
learning and behavior.
- Strengthen working relationships between teachers, parents, and
service providers in the community.
- Evaluate eligibility for special services.
- Assess academic skills and aptitude for learning.
- Determine social-emotional development and mental health
- Evaluate learning environments.
- Provide psychological counseling to help resolve interpersonal
or family problems that interfere with school performance.
- Work directly with children and their families to help resolve
problems in adjustment and learning.
- Provide training in social skills and anger management.
- Help families and schools manage crises such as death, illness,
or community trauma.
- Design programs for children at risk of failing at school.
- Promote tolerance, understanding, and appreciation of diversity
within the school community.
- Develop programs to make schools safer and more effective
- Collaborate with school staff and community agencies to provide
services directed at improving psychological and physical
- Develop partnerships with parents and teachers to promote
healthy school environments.
Research and Planning
- Evaluate the effectiveness of academic and behavior management
- Identify and implement programs and strategies to improve
- Use evidence-based research to develop and/or recommend