School Psychologist at a Glance

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Best States for School Psychologist

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in 2011
Average
Annual Salary
Average
Hourly Pay
Massachusetts 4,090 $78,440 $38
New Mexico 1,160 $67,760 $33
Rhode Island 590 $92,580 $45

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Becoming a School Psychologist

School psychologists must hold a master's, specialist, certificate of advanced graduate studies, or doctoral degree in school psychology. To become licensed or certified, most states require at minimum the completion of a 60-credit-hour specialist program in school psychology and completion of a year-long supervised internship. Degree programs will include coursework in education and psychology.

School psychologists must also be licensed or certified to practice in schools. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) provides information about each state's requirements for licensure or certification, which can vary state-to-state. The NASP also awards the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) certification, which is currently recognized by 30 states as a route to licensure or certification.

A sampling of classes you may take in a school psychology program, drawn from course listings from Fort Hays State University's master's of science in school psychology program, include the following:

  • Behavior Therapy
  • Development Psychology
  • Methods of School Psychology
  • Appraisal of Children

Most school psychologists work as practitioners, administrators, and faculty in the public school system. They are also employed in private schools, hospitals and clinics, and universities.