With a solid understanding of the issues and pressures facing pupils today, candidates with this embedded dual degree and credential are well equipped to serve as school psychologists in public school settings and communicate with pupils of all cultures, socioeconomic levels, and learning abilities.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for school psychologists are also expanding, with growth projected at 22 percent—faster than the average for all occupations—through the year 2020. Graduates gain preparation to serve as highly qualified psychologists in the following professional capacities:
- Public and private schools
- Colleges and universities
- School-based health and mental health centers
- Community-based day treatment programs or residential hospitals
- Juvenile justice centers
- Private practice—School psychologists with three years of experience working within a public school can become Licensed Educational Psychologists by taking the LEP exam.
- Applied behavior analysis clinics—School psychologists may work with specialized populations as consultants and interventionists for behavior change.
Graduates are also equipped for:
- Further studies at the doctoral level
- Pursuing coursework to become a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA)