Who Are School Psychologists?

    School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally.  They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school.

    School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education.  They must complete a minimum of a post-Master's degree program that includes a year-long internship and emphasizes preparation in mental health, child development, school organization, learning styles and processes, behavior, motivation, and effective teaching.

    School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they work.  They also may be nationally certified by the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB).

    What School Psychologists Do


    • Collaborate with teachers, parents, and administrators to find effective solutions to learning and behavior problems.

    • Help others understand child development and how it affects learning and behavior.


    • Evaluate eligibility for special services.

    • Assess academic skills and aptitude for learning.


    • Work directly with children and their families to help resolve problems in adjustment and learning.

    • Help families and schools manage crises such as death, illness, or community trauma.


    • Promote tolerance, understanding, and appreciation of diversity within the school community.

    Research and Planning

    • Use evidence-based research to develop and/or recommend effective interventions.