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How do I gain entry-level experience with K-12 students

I am applying to Cal State Northridge for their master's degree in school psychology. My background is working with intellectually and developmentally delayed adults. However, I have never worked with K-12 how do I get started? If I don't have that experience it does not disqualify me. However, it would help me if I had some experience. Any advice would be appreciated. #graduate-school

Thank you comment icon I would suggest that you look into ways you can volunteer to connect with places with K-12 students through tutoring and mentorship type opportunities. You might be able to connect directly through a school district or even through a housing association that does after school care. Even places like Boys and Girls Club, or something similar in your area. Laura Brown

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Gwen Hardin,’s Answer

Hi Jessica,

You may want to consider looking at any volunteer opportunities that allow you to work with children if you want to gain any experience with that age group. Your work with adults is still important and an advantage on your application. It shows that you are able to work with people who have varying degrees of developmental problems which you will also come across as a school psychologist. Share any knowledge or insight on your work experience with adults and any information about their disability during childhood and how you have been able to help them. You will have more of an opportunity to work as an intern at a K-12 school site once you are in your Masters program as well. Hope this has helped you.

Thank you comment icon thank you this helps a lot jessica
Thank you comment icon I appreciate your comment unfortunately I didn't end up getting into See you soon and my career has taken a completely different direction thank you for taking the time out to answer though Jessica Gould
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Kimberly’s Answer

As mentioned above, volunteer opportunities are the best way to gain experience. If possible, I recommend getting a job as a babysitter or at a daycare. You'll have the chance to interact with the children and learn more about their way of life. You can also look for internship opportunities through your school. They will be able to provide you with a position that fits your requirements.
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