School Psychology Intervention Paper

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According to the North Carolina pay scales, school psychologists with a specialist degree earn a yearly salary between $40,194.96 and $59,130. Schools psychologists with doctorate degrees earn between $42,680.04 and $61,659.96. Merrell stated that $56,262 is the average salary of a school psychologist on a 180 day contract working in a traditional school setting. Thus, in North Carolina, school psychologists’ salaries will rise above the mean salary as experience is gained in the schools. Both Merrell and Fagan show that women now occupy the field of school psychology more than men. While I was not able to find the demographics for school psychologists in North Carolina, I would assume the majority of school psychologists in eastern North Carolina are Caucasian women based on East Carolina’s graduate students. Since this demographic does not accurately represent the students that are being served, it is important that…show more content…
According to North Carolina’s job description, NC school psychologists also follow this model. While assessment is still a large part of the role, school psychologists are transitioning to implementing more interventions. They are using data to determine the effectiveness of the intervention. Interventions can be as broad as a school-wide to a more specific reading intervention for an individual child. The purpose of the intervention model is to problem-solve and find a solution to problems. It would be interesting to oversee schools in Pitt County to determine if they are effectively using the RTI model or if school psychologists are primarily conducting assessments. Merrell and Fagan do not discuss the necessity of using technology in the role of a school psychologist; however, the North Carolina job description does focus on using technology to present data and store

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