Why School Psychology
Why Choose a Career in School Psychology?
School psychologists use foundations of psychology and education to understand school systems, effective teaching, and successful learning. They have an active role identifying the psychological, behavioral, social, or emotional issues that prevent students' achievement and craft a systemic solution that promotes academic success in a safe, healthy, and supportive environment. School Psychologists are the leading problem-solvers in changing student outcomes in schools.
U.S. News & World Report ranks School Psychology as one of the 50 Best Careers in the US. In addition, U.S. News has ranked it #2 Best Social Services Job in the USA. It is #5 now.
The job title “School Psychologist” is ranked #5 in Best Social Services Jobs, according to the most recent U.S. News and World Report Job Rankings Report (2022). This same report ranked School Psychology #24 in Best STEM Jobs and #70 in the 100 Best Jobs list. Moreover, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 10.4% employment growth for school psychologists between 2020-2030, with 12,300+ jobs opening up during that time frame.
To learn about the field, read NASP's "What is a School Psychologist"
Why Join the School Psychology Program?
- Kent State University is ranked as one of the Top 200 Universities in the World and one of the best national universities.
- Professors in the School Psychology Program are recognized as leaders who have acquired international, national, and regional acclaim.
- The School Psychology Program is Accredited and Approved:
- APA Accreditation:
- The Doctoral (Ph.D.) Program is Accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Our next site visit is scheduled for 2028.
- NASP Approval:
- Both the Doctoral (Ph.D.) and the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) Program is Approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Our next review is scheduled for 2028.
- APA Accreditation:
- A variety of research and internship opportunities are tailored to meet your specific, long-term professional goals.
- For the past 5 years, 100% of our graduates have gained employment in School Psychology or related human-service fields.
Read What Graduates of the School Psychology Program Have to Say
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Talk with Faculty, Family and Professionals
- Find out what a career is really like by speaking to someone in the field. Review the informational interviewing questions to ask and the list of possible people in your network to speak with.
- Talk with your professors who have a wealth of knowledge about their career fields.
- Chat with family members about their work experiences and:
- how they selected their careers
- what they find rewarding/challenging
- what skills they utilize
- what their long-term goals are