Intermediate Units...master's degree in special ed/school psych?

I'm getting ready to apply to grad schools but am unsure of what I want to focus on. My B.S. is in Child Development and Family Studies. I am interested in working with special needs children but I do NOT want to be a teacher. I prefer one to one or small groups and like the idea of coming up with behavior/treatment plans for the children to focus on their needs. Therapist positions or Early Intervention appeal to me, I enjoy the behavioral/developmental side of things. School psychology/counseling is something I'm very interested in but have been told I'm limiting myself working in a school. What about intermediate units or other settings? And although it's not my top priority, salary is a concern of mine. I have 2 years experience in social work and 1 year as an aid in a school for autistic children. In both jobs, I barely make enough to pay all of my expenses. I really want to live comfortably yet do something I'm passionate about. What Master's degree/career would be most beneficial?

Asked By: autumn - 4/13/2009
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A behavior specialist sounds like it would be a great match. In a school system, you could work as a consulting specialist to draw up behavior plans for specific students, do observations and intervention plans, conduct small group student sessions for behavior/social skills... More
Answered By: JazzyGee - 4/13/2009
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Ultimately the decision is going to be yours of course, but from what you have written, I would suggest Psychology. Not necessarily school psychology, but rather set a goal of becoming a psychologist. You could open a private practice or work in a clinical situation, perhaps in a hospital or even a school. Psycho-... More
Answered By: Gibbs - 4/13/2009
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