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School psychologists -- Supply and demand; Academic theses;


The shortage of school psychologists in the United States has been an issue for many years. Though research has been done to address regional shortages, no research has addressed the shortages in each state. Furthermore, little research exists that examines the settings in which the practitioner shortage is most critical. This study utilizes survey research to examine the current shortage in each of the 50 states (and the District of Columbia) and also to determine whether the shortages exist in urban, suburban, or rural areas. Additionally, this study begins to examine possible reasons the shortage exists in the different states. Results indicate that a shortage of school psychologists is still prevalent today, and the majority of practitioner openings are in rural settings. The major factors contributing to this shortage are retirement, salary, and promotion to other jobs. Implications for these findings, along with potential future research are presented.

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Specialist in Education


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

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Charlotte Haselhuhn


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