|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.|
* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .
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 agreementswith 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.