National Survey of High School Psychology Teachers: Executive Summary

Introduction

The American Psychological Association (APA) Education Directorate conducted a “National Survey of High School Psychology Teachers” between December 2011 and March 2012. The purpose of this survey was to (1) gather information on who is teaching high school psychology across the United States, (2) assess teachers' knowledge of various resources and opportunities available through APA, and (3) assess the professional development needs of high school psychology teachers. A summary of key findings follows.

The survey was conducted online, and requested information on: demographic characteristics, preparation and training, resources and opportunities, classroom issues, future trends and professional development needs. All current high school psychology teachers were eligible to participate, and there were 1,087 valid responses to the survey.

The “National Survey of High School Psychology Teachers” was supported by a grant from the American Psychological Foundation, through generous support from Lee Gurel, PhD.