The American Psychological Association Council of Representatives has approved a new set of national guidelines that outline models for preparing high school teachers to teach psychology effectively. The guidelines will be distributed to all state and the District of Columbia boards of education for review and consideration for implementation.
“These guidelines are the foundation for preparing professionals for the teaching and learning of psychological science at the high school level,” said Kenneth A. Weaver, PhD, chair of APA’s Board of Educational Affairs Working Group for the Certification and Training of High School Psychology Teachers. “They are designed to be read and used by state departments of education regardless of whether they choose to officially implement them.”
The guidelines replace an expired 1978 APA policy that recommended courses for the certification of secondary school psychology teachers. Although APA has significantly supported and promoted the teaching of high school psychology over the past three decades, the 2012 guidelines are APA’s first official statement on psychology teacher preparation since the previous policy.
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