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Education Careers

Why Major in Psychology?

Studying psychology is great preparation for working in the school system. Psychology majors can learn how to work with students with learning, mental health, and emotional issues, as well as physical disabilities. They can gain knowledge of student development in a variety of contexts, can implement strategies to help students succeed in the classroom, and can assist with barriers affecting positive student outcomes.  Having a thorough understanding of the behavior of children, adolescents, and adults and an understanding of developmental theories and approaches to treatment can benefit students who want to work in a variety of educational settings.

Sample job titles with a bachelor’s degree

Secondary Education Teacher
Special Education Teacher
Daycare Instructor
Teacher’s Assistant/Aide
Before & After School Program Worker
Admission Counselor

Sample job titles with a master’s degree

Guidance Counselor
School Counselor
Speech/Language Pathologist
Academic Advisor
Career Advisor

Sample job titles with a doctoral degree

School Psychologist
Educational Psychologist

Special Considerations

Many professions within education will require state teaching licensure or a number of education-based courses in addition to psychology courses. For teaching licensure, students would need to apply and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program at Iowa.  Admission is competitive. Students who are not interested in teaching licensure may still want to take some courses through the College of Education in topics such as educational psychology, student development, and working with diverse populations.