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Understanding how the brain works helps you teach in a way that is meaningful and memorable. 

To be a successful educator, you need to present students with information in a way that is compelling and memorable. Classes in social psychology can help you understand what is important to students, and classes in cognition can help you present information in a way that is easy to understand.

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Interested in a career in education? Check out the resources below.

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    Teacher

    As a teacher, you would be creating and implementing lesson plans for various age groups and subject matters.

    Recommended classes:

    • PSY 341 - Developmental Psychology
    • PSY 320 - Learning and Motivation 
    • PSY 324 - Memory and Cognition
    • PSY 344 - Directed Child Study
    • EDP 311 - Educational Psychology for Future Teachers

    Typical salary: $42,000 - $80,000 per year

    Requirements:

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    Special Education Teacher

    As a special education teacher, you would adapt lesson plans to help promote development in children with a range of developmental disabilities.

    Recommended classes:

    Typical salary: $38,000 - $96,000 per year

    Requirements:

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    Professor

    As a professor, you would be creating and implementing lesson plans within your interested field of study, as well as conducting research of your choice. 

    Recommended classes:

    • PSY 320 - Learning and Motivation
    • PSY 290 - Research Methods
    • PSY 350 - Social Psychology
    • PSY 230 - Introduction to Statistics
    • PSY 399/499 - Supervised Research is strongly recommended for students interested in graduate school

    In order to be a competitive candidate for graduate school, students will need:

    • Experience working in a research lab or as a teaching assistant
    • Letters of recommendation from faculty
    • Strong GRE scores.

    Typical salary: $39,000 - $170,000 per year

    Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree in the academic field of your choice
    • 2-year master’s or 5-year doctoral degree depending on the academic field of interest
    Click here to see the doctoral programs available in our Psychology department
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    Administrator

    School administrators handle a variety of tasks required for the day-to-day operations of a school.

    Recommended classes:

    • PSY 304 - Effective Thinking
    • PSY 320 - Learning and Motivation
    • PSY 440 - Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    • EDP 310 - Educational Psychology for Non-Teachers
    • PSY 370 - Interpersonal Relationships

    Typical salary: $61,000 - $140,000 per year

    Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree in educational studies or other related field
    • 2-year master’s degree
    Click here to see ASU’s Master’s in Educational Leadership program
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    Advisor

    As a college advisor, you would assist college students in registering for classes, ensure they fulfill graduation requirements and maintain student records.

    Recommended classes:

    • EDP 310 - Educational Psychology for Non-Teachers
    • PSY 315 - Personality Theory and Research
    • FIN 123 - ASU Financial Literacy
    • CAP 120 - Introduction to Counseling

    Typical salary: $53,000 per year

    Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree in the academic field of your choice
    • 2-year master’s degree
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    School Counselor

    As a school counselor, you would track student’s school performance, identify any issues contributing to poor performance and help students develop needed skills.

    Recommended classes:

    • CAP 120 - Introduction to Counseling
    • PSY 341 - Developmental Psychology
    • PSY 344 - Directed Child Study
    • PSY 370 - Interpersonal Relationships
    • PSY 399/499 - Supervised Research is strongly recommended for students interested in graduate school

    Typical salary: $32,000 - $92,000 per year

    Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree in the academic field of your choice
    • 2-year master’s degree in school counseling
    • Pass the relevant state licensure exam
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    School Psychologist

    As a school psychologist, you would try to identify students with learning disabilities or mental health problems and develop plans to help address these issues.

    Recommended classes:

    • CAP 120 - Introduction to Counseling
    • PSY 341 - Developmental Psychology
    • CAP 120 - Introduction to Counseling
    • PSY 366 - Abnormal Psychology
    • PSY 399/499 - Supervised Research is strongly recommended for students interested in graduate school

    Typical salary: $42,000 - $124,000 per year

    Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, education or other related fields
    • 2-year master’s or 5-year doctoral degree
    • Pass the National Certified School Psychologist exam or other state licensure test

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