Are you thinking about a career in educational psychology? Do you want to know what training and qualifications are needed by educational psychologists to allow them to practice in England, Wales or Northern Ireland? If so, the following information should help:

Essential Qualifications

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What is Educational Psychology?

Educational Psychology is the application of psychological theory, research and techniques to support children, young people, their families and schools to promote the emotional and social wellbeing of young people. Educational Psychologists also support those with learning difficulties to achieve their full potential through the use of assessment, monitoring and evaluation.

What do Educational Psychologists Do?

Work with children and young people usually between 0-19 years of age experiencing difficulties. For example, to promote learning, develop emotional, social and behavioural skills and support psychological development. Most are employed by Local Authorities but some work in schools, are self-employed or work as consultants for Social Services Departments, Voluntary Bodies, Parents and others. Work mainly in consultation with parents, teachers, social workers, doctors, education officers and other people involved in the education and care of children and young people.

Routes to Educational Psychology

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Career Prospects

The employment prospects for Educational Psychologists are good. As a result of former legislation; for example, the 'Education Act' (1996) demand for Educational Psychologists continues and some Local Authorities have been unable to fill all posts advertised.

Educational Psychology

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Promoting Quality

The Contribution of Educational Psychologists to the Delivery of Local Services for Children.pdf396.4 KB
The Management of Educational Psychology Services and the Role of Principal Educational Psychologists The AEP Position.pdf7.86 MB

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