ERIC Number: ED257751
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Guidelines for the Specialty Training and Certification of Secondary School Teachers of Psychology.
American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Guidelines that offer a model plan of study to provide candidates for teacher certification in psychology with sufficient knowledge to teach in secondary schools are presented. All secondary psychology teachers should have a thorough understanding of the empirically based principles of behavior and of the evidential approach to the study of behavior. Because those seeking certification may have followed different educational paths, three alternative plans to obtain psychology certification are presented. Each plan requires prospective psychology teachers to study both the content and the method of psychology. While courses that will help teachers develop sensitivity to adolescents' needs should be required of all secondary teachers, these courses should not be considered part of the specialty training of psychology teachers. Nor does a haphazard collection of introductory psychology, psychological foundations of education, mental health, and social studies methods courses assure sufficient background for a psychology teacher. Regardless of the field of certification, a separate endorsement with specific requirements in psychology should be added to the certificate. (RM)
Descriptors: Employment Qualifications, Guidelines, Models, Psychology, Secondary Education, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Qualifications
Clearinghouse on Precollege Psychology, Educational Affairs, American Psychological Association, 1200 Seventeenth St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036 (free).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents, see SO 016 568-572.