CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Educational Psychologists

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Educational Psychologists
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Investigate processes of learning and teaching and develop psychological principles and techniques applicable to educational problems. Compile and interpret students' test results, along with information from teachers and parents, to diagnose conditions, and to help assess eligibility for special services.
 
Report any pertinent information to the proper authorities in cases of child endangerment, neglect, or abuse.
 
Assess an individual child's needs, limitations, and potential, using observation, review of school records, and consultation with parents and school personnel.
 
Select, administer, and score psychological tests.
 
Provide consultation to parents, teachers, administrators, and others on topics such as learning styles and behavior modification techniques.
 
Promote an understanding of child development and its relationship to learning and behavior.
 
Collaborate with other educational professionals to develop teaching strategies and school programs.
 
Counsel children and families to help solve conflicts and problems in learning and adjustment.
 
Develop individualized educational plans in collaboration with teachers and other staff members.
 
Maintain student records, including special education reports, confidential records, records of services provided, and behavioral data.
 
Serve as a resource to help families and schools deal with crises, such as separation and loss.
 
Attend workshops, seminars, or professional meetings to remain informed of new developments in school psychology.
 
Design classes and programs to meet the needs of special students.
 
Refer students and their families to appropriate community agencies for medical, vocational, or social services.
 
Initiate and direct efforts to foster tolerance, understanding, and appreciation of diversity in school communities.
 
Collect and analyze data to evaluate the effectiveness of academic programs and other services, such as behavioral management systems.
 
Provide educational programs on topics such as classroom management, teaching strategies, or parenting skills.
 
Conduct research to generate new knowledge that can be used to address learning and behavior issues.
 
Interpret test results and prepare psychological reports for teachers, administrators, and parents.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Educational Psychologists
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Educational Psychologists
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Educational Psychologists
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Educational Psychologists
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
Required Level of Education Master's Degree
 
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
Required Level of Education Post-Master's Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master's degree, but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Educational Psychologists
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Assessment Specialist
Associate School Psychologist
Behavior Specialist
Behavioral Analyst
Behavioral Specialist
Bilingual School Psychologist
Child Psychologist
Child Psychometrist
Child Study Team Director
Consulting Psychologist
Early Intervention School Psychologist
Educational Diagnostician
Guidance Counselor
Preliminary School Psychologist
Psychologist
Psychometrist
School Counselor
School Psychological Examiner
School Psychologist
School Psychologist Assistant
School Psychology Specialist
School Psychometrist
School Social Worker
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Educational Psychologists
 
 
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