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Psychology (B.A./B.S.) - Teaching Specialization

Why do people do the things they do?

Psychology is the scientific study of "why," or specifically, the examination of behavior and mental processes and their application to human welfare. It is a tremendously broad field spanning subject matter from the biological to social sciences. The teaching specialization prepares students to qualify for certification to teach psychology in one of thousands of schools nationwide.  Students pursuing this specialization should contact the College of Education and Human Sciences before their junior year.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Are curious about human nature
  • Have a desire to help people
  • Enjoy working with people
  • Are inquisitive and like to solve problems
  • Are interested in teaching

Career Opportunities

  • Teacher
  • Counselor (typically with additional education)

Recent Employers

  • SD, MN, and IA School Districts

Suggested Certificates

  • Experiential Learning

Suggested Minors

  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Sociology
  • History

Clubs and Organizations

  • Psychology Club
  • Psi Chi

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.