Educational Psychologist

Use psychology to improve learning and teaching methods.
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Salary Range
$39,000 – $109,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Educational Psychologists do?

An Educational Psychologist is like a Scientist who looks at schools under a microscope. As a result, they can make recommendations that improve Teachers’ teaching and enhance students’ learning. Basically, it’s your job to make system-wide changes that will help students succeed.

Every day starts with a question: How — and why — do people learn? To answer it, you employ a variety of techniques. For instance, you might assess students to determine their IQs and learning styles, or to diagnose learning disabilities such as dyslexia, ADD, and autism. You might analyze standardized test scores and student demographics. Or, you might observe classrooms, or interview parents and Teachers. Always, however, your goal is figuring out how the brain learns so you can determine what makes good students and good Teachers, and what makes bad ones.

Sometimes, you’re employed as a School Counselor. In that case, you channel your findings into psychological counseling sessions with individual students and Teachers to help them overcome obstacles to learning and teaching. More often, though, you’re a Learning Consultant, in which case you use your findings to recommend systemic changes to curriculums, programs, and policies that promote school-wide learning from the top down.

Think of it this way: A normal Psychologist diagnoses and treats the mental condition of a single patient, but you diagnose and treat that of an entire education system!

Should I be an Educational Psychologist?

You should have a master's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Psychologist, Educational

    How to Become an
    Educational Psychologist

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