How to Become a School Psychologist

Do you have any idea how many different fields the science of psychology includes? Well, quite a lot! Psychologists can find jobs in just about any sphere of human activity.

One of the most popular areas of studying is school psychology. Many students find this field quite interesting! What about you?

Naturally, a school psychologist works in elementary, secondary or high school helping students to solve learning, behavioral and personal problems. Let’s be more specific about school psychologist’s duties:

  • Meeting with parents and teachers in order to discuss the most common problems that students face
  • Finding ways to help students deal with their daily problems
  • Researching and implementing brand-new educational programs
  • Representing new behavioral management techniques and introducing them to parents and teachers
  • Parents’ counseling
  • Providing disciplinary advice on how to deal with problematic students
  • Dealing with problematic students

Well, you can see that the job of school psychologist is really challenging! Therefore, it requires extensive training and strong knowledge. If you want to enter this field and become a school psychologist, consider the following requirements:

Apply for a Graduate Program
To become a school psychologist you have to get a graduate degree. It’s not hard to find a psychology school offering graduate program. However, it’s a quite challenging task to make a final decision, because the options are multiple. So be careful and attentive when looking for a suitable program. You can pursue Masters or Doctoral degree in either traditional or online school. Choose whatever works best for you.

Get on the Prerequisite Courses
Before entering psychology graduate school you will be required to take some prerequisite courses. In addition to this, you may be required to take the GRE and have Bachelor’s degree in school psychology.

Do a Course Work
Well, it’s clear that for becoming a school psychologist you’ll have to do a course work through the college years. It should be done in due diligence to certify your professional skills and profound knowledge of school psychology. When you successfully complete your graduate program, move forward to getting a license! Remember that you must have minimum 60 completed graduate hours to be eligible for state licensing.

Undergo the Internship
Internship is the essential part of your education. It will give you a priceless experience important for every school psychologist. This is a great chance for you to apply your skills and knowledge in practice and figure out what you need to brush up on. Besides, you’ll have a great chance to learn new things essential for your future profession as school psychologist.

So if you made a firm decision to become a school psychologist, start working for your future success right now. The sooner you start, the better results will be!

Communities, Education, Happiness and Jobs

A job is something that is offered by an employer to applicants with the appropriate skills. That is the simplest equation that describes finding and landing onto a job. But we now have a highly-competitive job market that people with skills beyond the minimum requirements are the first to get employed. Unemployment rates soar especially in the third world.

So how does the average citizen contend with such a situation?

Do you notice how kids are already in a rat race? There used to be a time when grade school studies were practically “child’s play”. Kids were then not pressured to read about and learn lessons that seem like doctoral studies. They were simple arithmetic exercises that were fun to solve. Humanities subjects used to be choral singing or oral reading of stories that sent kids to fairyland. Past generations were learning in happy environments.

Nowadays, kids are burdened with thick textbooks even at the tender age of nine. The serious ones spend more time on books, computers and online research as if they were already on an employment. They smile less and tend to be nervous most of the time. Many of them develop stress-related ailments, such as asthma, which seldom affected kids from previous generations. You see kids fidgeting just before periodic long exams and they act like job applicants queuing for interview with the big boss. It is such a sad and worrisome sight.

With what we see in our kids today, we cannot help but wonder how their kids will look like when it is their turn for the preparation for that almighty job. And how will our children cope with their parenting given the hectic and almost-always-nervous foundation they built in preparation for the race toward getting their own jobs? The spouses may not be much help as surely, they will have undergone the same high-pressure rigid training.

There is a movement in certain sectors in the general direction of keeping happy environments in schools, the workplace and the community in general. But there are very few of these educators, psychologists and sociologists preaching working “smart”, not hard, in the workplace. In school, they do it by incorporating right-brain activities into the curriculum and providing less formal and rigid learning environments. Communities benefit from cleanliness and environment-consciousness which include creating green and happy environments.

The problem about these “new” environments is that they are very expensive since they require particular infrastructure and tools to get implemented. It would be ideal if governments will subsidise a substantial part if not all of these costs. After all, their children, grandchildren and they themselves will potentially benefit from such development.