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Job title
Educational Psychologist

Job description
Educational Psychologists help children and young people to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally.  hey collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students.

Educational Psychologists apply psychological knowledge and theory to assist children and young people with their learning, behaviour, social and emotional development. The work of an Educational Psychologist is focussed on the developmental processes of children and young people in families, and in early childhood services, schools and other systems.

Qualifications required
A Master of Educational Psychology or an equivalent postgraduate qualification in psychology is needed to become an Educational Psychologist.

A one-year, post-Masters university qualification in educational psychology or two years of supervised work in a field as approved by the New Zealand Psychologists' Board is necessary to become registered as a Psychologist.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Psychology (PGDipEdPsych) from Massey University takes a year to complete.

Training costs
It will cost approximately $14,000 to complete a Master of Educational Psychology.

It will cost approximately $7000 to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Psychology.

Location of job
The Ministry of Education has 16 district offices and over 40 service centres where Educational Psychologists could be based across the country. 

Educational Psychologists travel to homes, schools and other learning centres as required.

Career path
Educational Psychologists working for the Ministry of Education may move into management or special posts heading up projects.

There are also practice-focused leadership roles that provide professional leadership and support to colleagues within the organisation.

Salary range
Salaries for Educational Psychologists vary between $51,000 and $81,000 per year, depending on skill, experience and the sector in which you work.

The Ministry of Education offers five weeks' annual leave and flexible working conditions, giving you the opportunity to balance work with child care, travel and training commitments.

Other careers this profession could lead to

- Private practice.
- Research and university teaching.

How to increase the chances of successfully entering this industry

- Useful school subjects include biology, science, maths and English.
- A genuine desire to work with children and/or adolescents.
- Volunteer work or experience working with children and their families is useful.
- Experience in teaching, social work, education, behaviour support, or vocational guidance counselling is useful but not necessary.

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Other relevant points

The Ministry of Education offers scholarships to students through their internship training year.

The Ministry of Education supports its Educational Psychologists with experienced professional supervision as well as ongoing training and mixing with a wide range of highly skilled and talented professionals. Keeping up to date with the latest research evidence will keep an Educational Psychologist challenged and stimulated.