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Education Careers that Require a Graduate Degree

Education Careers--Doctorate in Educational Psychology (PhD)

Can I pursue a PhD in Education with my Psychology degree?

You might decide to use your Psychology degree to move forward into graduate school. One path you can take is to earn a PhD in Education. As with all PhD degrees, this is a research degree, so be prepared to conduct research about education issues (e.g., learning, motivation, technology in the classroom,etc.). Typically, a student earning an Education PhD will focus their research toward a subarea like special education, teacher development, or literacy and reading. Ultimately you can use your PhD degree to obtain a job in higher education, consulting, administration at the K-12 level, and policy making. Remember, a PhD offers greater job opportunities and greater salary than a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.

As a PhD degree program, you need to understand that it will require a Master's degree from another school or as part of the PhD program, and that the total time to complete your PhD will be 4 to 6 years. At many schools you do NOT pay tuition. In addition, at many schools you receive a stipend, a form of salary for serving as a Teaching Assistant (TA) or Research Assistant (RA). You will need to check with schools you are applying to in order to see what support you will receive

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Education Careers--Master's Degree as a School Counselor

Education Careers--EdD in Education

Education Careers--PhD in School Psychology

Education Careers-Education Specialist (EdS) in School Psychology

A Psychology degree can lead to an Education Specialist (EdS) degree in School Psychology

With a Psychology degree you may decide to become a School Psychologist with an Education Specialist (EdS) degree. As an EdS in School Psychology you will work with children and the schooling process. You will likely work in one or more schools, with a good amount of your time devoted to the assessment of children for learning disabilities, as well as developing behavioral intervention plans with teachers and parents. 

When you pursue an EdS degree in School Psychology, it is best to go to a school that is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to be assured that the program is recognized by a governing body as providing the highest level of advanced training. Completing an EdS program involves two years of coursework and a one-year internship (half of which must be in a school setting). If you go for an EdS degree, you should check to see if the school you would like to attend offers any financial assistance (e.g., tuition waiver).

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median income for School Psychologists at $75,000, but does not specify if this is for an EdS or PhD.

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Education Careers--Master's Degree as a School Counselor

EEducation Careers--PhD in Educational Psychology

Education Careers-Master's Degree as a School Counselor

Use a Psychology degree to become a School Counselor

If you want to work with children in grades K-12 you can move from a Psychology degree to pursue a Master's degree in School Counseling. You will be located in a school and help children with academic and personal issues. Your work will also involve working with parents and teachers to help improve a child's well being. Finally, as a School Counselor you have the opportunity to communicatie with school administrators and outside agencies to find useful resources.  

Choosing to be a School Counselor will require you to earn a Master's degree in a School Counseor or Counseling (Psychology or Education) program. Typically, it will take 2 years to earn your Master's degree. You need to check with every program to see if the Master's program offers you any kind of financial assistance (tuition and a stipend to be a Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant). I is likely, however, that such assistance is limited or not available at all. 

Your Master's degree should offer you greater job opportunities and greater salary than a Bachelor’s degree. Moreover, you can always decide to use your Master's degree as a springboard to a Doctoral degree. 

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median income for school counselors at $53,660.

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Education Careers--PhD in Educational Psychology

Education Careers--EdD in Education

Education Careers--PhD in School Psychology

 

Education Careers--Doctorate in Education (EdD)

With a Psychology degree, what education career options are there with an Doctoral Degree in Education (EdD)?

You may decide to use your Psychology degree to pursue a more hands-on leadership role, especially in education, This could lead to graduate school to earn a Doctorate in Education (EdD). This degree is practically oriented toward candidates pursuing leadership roles in education, government agencies, and nonprofits. That is, those with an EdD  are responsible for the application of education research in the classroom and workplace. Those with an Ed.D. serve as principals in schools, administrative positions at colleges and universities, and as managers with companies and organizations. Like most dotoral degree, earning an EdD will probably take 5 years, with the focus of your curriculum primarily on classroom issue. You will need to check if a school you want to attend offers a tuition waiver and/or a stipend to serve as a Research or Teaching Assistant. 

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Education Careers--Master's Degree as a School Counselor

Education Careers--PhD in Educatiional Psychology

Education Careers--PhD in School Psychology

Education Careers-Doctorate in School Psychology (PhD)

Use a Psychology degree to pursue a PhD in School Psychology

You can use a Psychology degree to move forward into graduate school for a PhD in School Psychology. A School Psychologist is concerned with the science and practice of psychology with children and the schooling process. You could use your degree to get a job in higher education, likely teaching undergraduates and conducting research. You may decide that you want to use your degree to work in the schools. The latter will typically involve a large percentage of time assessing children for learning disabilities, behavioral intervention, and developing intervention plans with teachers and parents. As with all PhD degrees, this is a research degree, so be prepared to conduct research about various schooling issues including assessment, intervention, and program development. 

In thinking about going for a PhD in School Psychology, make sure you check out if a program is accredited. In this way you can be assured that the program is recognized by a governing body as providing the highest level of advanced training. Also, you need to understand that being accepted into a PHD program will require a Master's degree from another school or as part of the PhD program. The total time to complete your PhD will be 4 to 6 years. Finally, it is very important to find out if the school you would like to attend offers any financial assistance (tuition and a stipend for serving as a Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant).

Click to check out this website about being a School Psychologist. Salary Information

The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median income for School Psychologists at $75,000, but does not specify if this is for an EdS or PhD.

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Education Careers--Lbrary Assistant

Education Careers--Administration

Click on the links below to read about another Education careers that requires a graduate degree:

Education Careers--Master's Degree as a School Counselor

EEducation Careers--PhD in Educational Psychology

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