Educational Psychology

Educational psychologists work in a variety of different ways to address the problems experienced by children and young people in education. They work directly with children and young people, individually or in groups, and with a wide range of other professionals to deliver their work.

Part of the educational psychology role is to work at a strategic level, carrying out research and advising on educational policy development. Other areas of work include delivering training on issues such as behaviour and stress management.

Direct work with children and young people includes assessing their learning and emotional needs using methods such as interviews, observation and test materials. Interventions are then developed to support the child or young person with the problems they are experiencing.

The educational psychology professional entry training in England is a three year full time doctorate degree. The courses generally consist of a first year spent studying full time. In the second and third years trainees work in a local authority as a trainee educational psychologist, with one to two days study per week.

Entry requirements for the course are usually a good honours degree in Psychology (First or Upper Second) and a minimum of 2 years working with children.

Further Resources

Department for Education - Educational Psychology Funded Training Scheme

British Psychological Society (BPS)

Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP)