Child psychologists specialize in the mental health and well-being of children ranging from toddlers to teens. To become a child psychologist in Georgia you would first have to get a bachelor’s degree in psychology. After you get that degree, you would then apply to graduate schools that have programs in child psychology. You can either earn a master’s degree or a doctorates degree. After you finish your degree program, you can take the state licensing exam to become certified. All together you are looking at eight years of school or more. It takes a lot of dedication to become a child psychologist, but for someone who has a strong desire to work with children and have a positive impact on them, it can be a rewarding experience.
The Savannah State University has a child psychology program. It is one of the top five programs of study at the University. The number of students who attend the University is about 4,500 and total cost per-year averages $16,000 for in-state and $28,000 for out-of-state students according to the National Center for Educational Statistics.
You can also pursue a degree in child psychology online. There are several schools that have programs in the field of child development and general family development. If you decide to choose the online path to obtain your degree you might want to consider going to a physical school for your first degree in psychology, and then taking online classes for a higher degree. You can look at the websites for Kaplan University and Walden University for online programs.
The field of psychology, including children’s services, is expected to grow over the next few years as stated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median salary for a child psychologist in the state of Georgia is can range from $70,000 to the mid $80,000s. It is a lot of work that can turn into a profitable and rewarding career.