Psychology Teacher

You might consider becoming a psychologist if you are fascinated by human behavior and enjoy working with young people.

Psychology teachers teach students the fundamental concepts behind why people behave the way that they do. Psychology is a science that studies human behavior using observational analysis, psychological theories and the scientific method. Learn about the different psychological approaches that can be used to understand and manage human behavior.

Psychology teachers are usually found in postsecondary and high schools. While most teachers are focused on teaching, some who work at colleges and universities could also be psychologists. Some college instructors can also be counselors or clinical psychologists.

Psychology teachers at a glance

High school Postsecondary
Education Master’s degree/masters preferred and state-issued certificate Master’s degree/doctorate preferred
Average study time 4-5 Years 6- 9 years
Median salary $57,200 $72,470
Outlook for Job Growth +6% +13%

Source U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Who is a good psychologist teacher?

The following are the characteristics of good psychology teachers:

  • Patient
  • Persistency
  • Organised
  • Well-spoken
  • Ability to motivate
  • Specialized in their field
  • Strong communicators
  • Expertise in psychology theory and practice

Job description for a psychology teacher

You will likely end up teaching at the college or high school level if you are a psychology teacher. The school and level of instruction will determine the work environment.

The majority of high school teachers work in either public or private schools, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Teachers in high school can expect to work after school hours, grading papers or tests. However, they are not expected to be on the job during the summer months.

The work environment for psychology professors is very different. Psychology professors at college may teach in universities, colleges or community colleges. Psychological research and clinical work are often the main activities outside of class.

You can expect to spend most days working with students if you choose to become a psychologist. Expect to spend time lecturing, answering questions, and assisting students in class activities. Based on the level of instruction received and the type of psychology being studied, the nature of classes can vary.

Different levels of teaching

Psychology teachers for high school

Teachers of high school psychology create courses that introduce students to basic psychology concepts. These courses provide an overview of top psychologists and current knowledge about the human mind. Students might learn about common disorders in psychology and where intelligence comes.
Continue reading for more information about high school psychology teachers

Psychology teachers for postsecondary institutions

These teachers are employed in universities and colleges as postsecondary psychologists. They may teach a variety of psychology courses and also mentor students.
Continue reading to learn more about postsecondary/college computer psychology teachers

Professional development

Continuing education

Your interests will determine your ability to continue your education. Are you looking to move into school administration or to become a school psychologist? Do you prefer to research? Are you interested in a career in a different area, such as child, developmental, or clinical psychology?

A PhD can also be useful or practical for your school. Is it helping you achieve your life goals?

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