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becoming a school psych
Old 10-17-2015, 07:53 PM
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Hello Mrs. Liblit! GraceKrispy is right, I did get my degree more recently. So here are my thoughts...

Is it possible to get a M.S. in Psychology, even though my B.A is not?
My BA was in liberal studies, but I got my masters in educational psychology.

Is it better to get a degree in school psychology or clinical psychology, or does it matter?
I'm not totally sure. All the school psychs that I work with have a school psychology master's degree. I have worked with some people who have a doctorate but that's rare. I know there are some programs that allow you to get your educational psychology degree along with an MFT. The MFT would help in a private practice. I personally wouldn't want to do therapy all day, so I didn't go that route.

Since I already have a master's, could I begin working directly on a specialist or doctoral degree?
I got a masters in math curriculum because I was a teacher first. Then I got my masters in educational psychology. A few courses transferred over, but I still had to complete the vast majority of the courses for the educational psychology degree. I heard that many doctoral programs are best entered after you get your BA.

If you have teaching experience, how would you compare the work of a school psych compared to a teacher?
I think this is personal preference. I have had many teachers say they could never do my job. I hated teaching, so I would never want to do their job! I find that being a school psych is more mentally taxing, but I get the same satisfaction of helping students that I did as a teacher. Also, I feel like I get to know the kids more, especially the ones who I counsel.

How are you evaluated?
My director evaluated me a few years ago. She just sat in on a few IEPs and told me what I did well and gave me a few pointers. Now we have a new system where a peer coach is added. I'll probably be evaluated in that way next year or the year after.

What is the pay like in your district, compared to the pay of teachers?
We are on a different pay scale and get paid more. We also have to work 10 extra days. I know some districts have psychs on the teacher pay scale but with a stipend.

What advice would you give someone going into this line of work?
Shadow a few school psychs to see what their day is like. Also look at different levels because preschool is WAY different than high school.

Anything else you would like to know?
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