C wrote:I don't know if I could be an educational psychologist. I have thought about it a lot, actually, but I think I'd have real difficulty in administering the cognitive tests (e.g. IQ tests). I remember the test the ed psyc did with me, that I did really badly on, and I really struggling with doing it myself, so I think actually doing it on someone else and having to keep track on their score, the things they were getting right etc. would just not be possible.
Remember that you would be taking notes throughout the assessment, so you wouldn't have to hold all the scores in your head. You would also have the test information right in front of you, where the child couldn't see it, so your own difficulties wouldn't affect you in quite the same way. As you've coped with statistics at university, you would probably be able to calculate all the percentile scores without too much difficulty either.
I have considered doing an MSc in child development/child psychology, although there aren't very many of them about - my Uni doesn't do any child related psychology degrees. So I'd also have to live away from home if I did this - first of all that really put me off the idea but another part of me thinks it might be quite exciting, I'll be 22 by the time I start, I'll have a new baby brother crying all the time and I need to move away from my parents at some point (at least, I think I do)!!!
A university near here offers an MA in Autism. Would that interest you?http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/?view=Cour ... de=DTPESA6
It takes three years to complete, as it is only available part-time. However, you can exit after one year with the Postgraduate Certificate in Autism. I considered it for myself at one point, but I decided against it as I don't plan on working in education. If you're thinking about retaking your science GCSE, a part-time course of that sort might be best - then you could enrol in evening classes for your science without overworking yourself. You could probably do some work in schools on the side as well.
I had actually considered the teaching training option... or rather lots of people have suggested it for me! I think teaching very young children, reception, may interest me, but although I love children and love the work at the school that I help out at sometimes I think I don't have enough patience! Plus there's a lot about the school curriculum I personally don't agree with (the formalised testing, lack of play etc.)
Have you looked into training as a teacher in a Montessori or a Steiner school? I have participated in a Steiner special needs conference before, and I think that it is the sort of system that you would very much appreciate - there is a lot of focus on play, using the imagination, and 'learning by doing'. Competitive sport is not a part of PE in the primary classes. You've probably come across this system before in your childcare course. I know that Rudolf Steiner had a few ideas about reincarnation and so on that you may not agree with, but those ideas are not taught in Steiner schools.
If you're able to go straight into a PhD after university, perhaps you could try e-mailing a few potential supervisors to discuss your thesis ideas? Talking them over with people might help you to make up your mind.