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What would you recommend I do at this point to get into the educational/psychology field?

I am currently taking a class in where I work with children and learn about them psychologically as well for adults. #psychology #counselor #career #college

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alan’s Answer

As a former teacher and a clinical psychologist I applaud you for seeking to help children as they struggle to become adults. After graduating university I became a middle school teacher while I went to night school to become certified as a guidance counselor. While working as a counselor I studied for my PhD in psychology. I left public school counseling to open a private psychology practice. After twenty five years I returned to my first love as a teacher.

I encourage you to become a classroom teacher at the beginning of your career. You will then begin to understand what makes children tick. You then need to choose your path between counseling or psychology. If you focus on becoming a school psychologist you will learn to test students and place them in special education. Guidance counselors teach coping skills, assist in career planning, and helping children overcome personal problems.

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Angela D.’s Answer

Greetings Diana! Well, you are asking the right question to the right person! I'm a professor in Educational Psychology and have been working with children, adolescent, and adult learners for over 20 years. This is an intriguing field with lots of different applications/subsets. For instance, you can become a K-12 classroom teacher that specializes in Special Education or Emotionally/Behaviorally Disturbed (EBD) youth, or more. You may want to explore becoming a school psychologist or academic counselor. I've been teaching student teachers and graduate level teachers for years now, but that requires at least an MA/MAT, Ed.D., or Ph.D. degree. When you're an Educational Psychologist, you teach courses about motivation, self-efficacy, the difference between ability and effort, teaching and learning, inclusion, classroom management, foundations, gender/orientation/cultural/family/language/disAbled/gifted/etc. differences, and more. If you don't know what some of these words mean, please look them up...another step on your path. Frankly, I LOVE this field! You will become a lifelong learner and enjoy the company of like-minded parents, teachers, colleagues, administrators, and community members. But the big PLUS is that you will be contributing to student success, be they youth, adults, or teachers.
Please contact us if you have any further questions, best always on your journey, Dr. B

Angela D. recommends the following next steps:

Research online.
Consider shadowing and/or interviewing a school counselor or school psychologist.
Contact us again with any further questions.