What is an Educational Psychologist?
An Educational Psychologist is an important part of the education sector and helps children’s development through a range of techniques, observations and practices. It is very common for children of all ages to encounter challenges with their learning, concentration, participation and social interactions and psychologists specialising in these areas; specifically for children can be crucial for their future development and success in life.
It is very important that there are the proper safeguards and protections in place for children of any age to allow them to thrive, reaching their true potential. Educational Psychologists also routinely work with other education professionals such as teachers to train them about dealing with different types of children in different circumstances, offering up various challenges.
Part of the routine for these psychologists involves observing, interviewing, assessing and engaging with the children in question to formulate plans and strategies to best deal with the challenges obstructing the child’s development.
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Roles and Responsibilities of Educational Psychologists
Part and parcel of the work carried out on a day to day basis by Educational Psychologists is detailed and constant interactions with children and young people with potential issues, conditions and learning difficulties. The age range covered by these professionals tends to be between 10 and 19 years old and in some form of education or training. One of the ultimate aims of psychologists working with these people is to ensure the engagement of their subjects with their education or training.
Typical duties will often entail:
- Assessing – Observing and making notes about the person or people in focus to form an accurate picture of their behaviour, what they do and any tell-tale signs of anything
- Development and Design – Based on the initial observations, a psychologist will often create at least the initial parts of a programme for the child in focus, taking their specific needs into account
- Training – Working with the child’s teachers, trainers and even parents and to teach them how best to deal with and confront the challenges at hand on a day to day basis, in the best interests of the child
- Follow Ups – Regular check-ups and re-assessments to make sure that the recommended programme that is implemented is having the desired effects, working in the child’s best interests and ensuring their continued progress and success
How much do Educational Psychologists Earn?
As with all other jobs across all industries, the exact salaries of Educational Psychologists vary. However, the pay scales, as for other education professionals is set by the Soulbury Agreement via the National Union of Teachers (NUT). This dictates that a trainee can expect to earn around £22,500 as their starting salary, rising to around £30,000 and continuing up the pay scale.
What Qualifications are Needed?
As can be expected, a university degree, at Undergraduate level in Psychology or a closely related degree is required. To be able to apply for all nature of relevant jobs, it is important that the degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Many then go on to complete a BPS accredited Doctorate in Educational Psychology, with additional training in their specific area of interest thereafter. For those without Psychology degrees, conversion courses are offered, accredited by the BPS.
What Skills are Needed?
Being an Educational Psychologist can be challenging although at the same time it is hugely rewarding and changes young peoples’ lives for the better, allowing them to make a success out of their most formative years. There are several skills that are vitally important for anyone considering a career in this field:
- Strong Verbal and Written Communication
- Empathy and Sensitivity
- Persuasiveness and Negotiating Skills
- Tactful Nature
Psychology in Education – Who are the Employers?
For psychology professionals going into the education sector, there is no shortage of employers with some on constant lookout for qualified professionals in this area. Employers for these professionals in the UK include:
- Local Authorities
- The NHS
- Colleges and Schools
- Nurseries and Kindergartens
- Rehabilitation Programmes
- Special Units for Young People
- Public and Private Sector Organisations
There are benefits with working in each of these areas, be they in the public or private sector. In addition, there is usually a strong sense of career progression available.
Some educational psychologists go on to work at universities or research centres to further themselves in specific areas of relevant study in their chosen field. This can lead to further teaching and training opportunities, using their skills to train other related professionals to broaden and sharpen their skillsets.
Can I use my Skills and Qualifications to Work for Charities?
Yes, many Educational Psychologists volunteer their time or acquire full or part-time employment at a range of charities requiring these skills. There are many charities that work in education, with vulnerable young people, with people with learning difficulties and disabilities and many others that are always on the lookout for Educational Psychologists.
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