Investigates processes of learning and teaching and develops psychological principles and techniques applicable to educational problems.
This career is part of the Human Services cluster Counseling and Mental Health Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Compiles and interprets students' test results, along with information from teachers and parents, to diagnose conditions and to help assess eligibility for special services.
- Selects, administers, and scores psychological tests.
- Interprets test results and prepares psychological reports for teachers, administrators, and parents.
- Counsels children and families to help solve conflicts and problems in learning and adjustment.
- Provides consultation to parents, teachers, administrators, and others on topics such as learning styles and behavior modification techniques.
- Reports any pertinent information to the proper authorities in cases of child endangerment, neglect, or abuse.
- Maintains student records, including special education reports, confidential records, records of services provided, and behavioral data.
- Assesses an individual child's needs, limitations, and potential, using observation, review of school records, and consultation with parents and school personnel.
- Collects and analyzes data to evaluate the effectiveness of academic programs and other services, such as behavioral management systems.
- Promotes an understanding of child development and its relationship to learning and behavior.