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

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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

  • South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa school districts

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.