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GraceKrispy or other School Psychs
Old 10-16-2015, 07:59 PM
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I've taught for over 16 years. I'm currently teaching gifted education but have been thinking for a while about a career change. Each year, the ridiculousness of what the teaching profession has become wears me down a little more (the standardized testing, the evaluation process, etc).

I've been thinking more and more about becoming a school psychologist and was hoping for input and advice. I minored in psychology as an undergrad (was a psych major before switching to education) and currently have a M.Ed. in Gifted Education. I am thinking about going back to school to get another Masters in School Psychology.

I guess what I'm wondering is:

Is it possible to get a M.S. in Psychology, even though my B.A is not?

Is it better to get a degree in school psychology or clinical psychology, or does it matter? I've checked the job boards in my district and the school psych postings state that a degree in either is acceptable. Is one is more advantageous than the other for working in the private sector?

Since I already have a master's, could I begin working directly on a specialist or doctoral degree? I imagine if so, I would have to take quite a few "catch up" courses before working toward a degree, since it's been so long since I've taken an actual psych class. I'm just wondering if it's really necessary to get a second masters.

If you have teaching experience, how would you compare the work of a school psych compared to a teacher?

How are you evaluated?

What is the pay like in your district, compared to the pay of teachers?

What advice would you give someone going into this line of work?

TIA for any input you can give me!

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