Undergraduate Major in Educational Psychology
Why major in educational psychology?
- Prepare to work in the helping professions with people of various ages and in a range of settings
- Understand the social, emotional, and cognitive aspects of human development and learning
- Develop skills in individual and group counseling, behavior change, consultation, collaboration, and multicultural competence
- Gain real-world experience through supervised field placements
- Graduate with endless career possibilities!
So.... I have questions!
- Educational Psychology is a branch of psychology that seeks to understand human growth, behavior, and learning from multiple perspectives.
- In working with people, it is important to understand differences in physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and cultural development.
- Educational psychological principles of motivation, learning, and behavior are integral skills for careers in which people teach, train, assess/evaluate, counsel, manage, consult, and collaborate with a variety of clients (children, adolescents, parents, teachers, employees) in multiple contexts (homes, schools, community agencies, hospitals, business).
The career possibilities are endless!
- Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) (*during the program)
- Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) Certification (*upon graduation)
- School Interventionist/Behavior Specialist in the Schools
- Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialist
- Child Life Advocate
- Academic Advisor
- Admissions Evaluator
- College Recruiter
- Wilderness Therapy Guide
- College/Employment Counselor
- Employee Relations Specialist
- Personnel Recruiter
- Community Program Manager
- Activities Director
- (General/Special Education) Paraprofessionals
- Student Support Assistant
- Home Health Aides and Personal Care Aides
- Probation or Parole Officer
- Management Analyst
- Psychiatric Aide/Technician
- Substance Abuse Counselor
- Victim’s Advocate
The University of Utah also offers guidance and support for students' entering the job market: https://careers.utah.edu/
- RBT: While in the program, students have an opportunity to be credentialed as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). The RBT is a paraprofessional certification in *behavior analysis.
- BCaBA: Upon graduation, students have an opportunity to be credentialed as a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA). The BCaBA is an undergraduate-level certification in behavior analysis.
- BCBA: Through additional coursework in a graduate program, students have an opportunity to be credentialed as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). The BCBA is a graduate-level certification in behavior analysis.
*Behavior Analysis is concerned with describing, understanding, predicting, and changing behaviors. It’s been used to help people in areas of diet, exercise, drug addiction, juvenile delinquency, classroom learning, social skills, skill acquisition, behavior reduction, and organizational change.
Average Annual Income
Registered Behavior Technician (RBT): $35,000 - $45,000
Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA): $45,000 - $55,000
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA): $60,000+
The B.A. or B.S. in Educational Psychology can prepare you for master’s and doctoral programs in:
- School Psychology (EdS/Ph.D.): https://ed-psych.utah.edu/school-psych/
- School Counseling (M.Ed): https://ed-psych.utah.edu/school-counseling/
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.Ed): https://ed-psych.utah.edu/prof-counseling/
- Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.): https://ed-psych.utah.edu/counseling-psych/index.php
- BCBA Certification: https://special-ed.utah.edu/graduate/graduate-bcba.php
- Health Education & Wellness Coaching (M.S.): https://health.utah.edu/health-kinesiologygraduation-programs/health-education-wellness-coach
- Parks, Recreation, & Tourism (M.S.): https://health.utah.edu/parks-recreation-tourism/degrees/masters
- Social Work (M.S.W.): https://socialwork.utah.edu/msw/
- Human Development & Social Policy (M.S./Ph.D.): https://fcs.utah.edu/
- Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.): https://psych.utah.edu/graduate/clinical.php
- Education, Culture, & Society (M.A./M.Ed./M.S./Ph.D): https://ecs.utah.edu/
- Education, Leadership, & Policy (Ed.D./M.Ed./Ph.D.): https://elp.utah.edu/
- A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree demonstrates proficiency in math. The B.S. degree requires two Quantitative Intensive (QI) courses.
- A Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree demonstrates proficiency in a second language. The B.A. degree requires fourth semester proficiency in a second language. You can take a language proficiency test to prove language proficiency or be placed in the appropriate level class: https://languages.utah.edu/language-requirements/language-placement-testing.php
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