School Psychologist (Education Assessment Specialist)

Before You Apply

Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a School Psychologist (Education Assessment Specialist) in Special Education Unit, Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development in St. Lucia. The mission of the Special Education Unit is to maximize the educational achievement of students with exceptionalities in the least restrictive and most enabling environment, and to minimize the occurrence of deficits in children who are at risk. Special Education Centers in St. Lucia cater to over 300 students with special needs including mentally and physically challenged, visually impaired and hearing impaired. Specialized Education programs are delivered in five (5) centers across the island, as well as in individual general education schools as needed. Despite the availability of special education centers and service providers, there are many children in mainstream schools whom teachers suspect may be in need of special education services. The Ministry seeks to build capacity and knowledge among parents, teachers and other professionals that work with students with special needs.

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer with a master’s degree in school psychology or other related field AND a minimum of 5 years’ experience conducting tests related to behavior/emotional functioning, social functioning, self-concept and self-esteem is needed to is needed to train teachers, parents, and school psychologists on best practices for dealing with the behaviors of emotionally disturbed children, understanding the nature of children with special needs. The PCRV will provide training in creating developmentally appropriate activities and lessons, managing the potential stresses that come with dealing with students with special needs, as well as other related topics. The PCRV would also work with the Special Education unit staff to continue to support their efforts to ensure that all referred students receive appropriate psychological testing and will conduct high-level special education evaluations and assessments.

Please note these are approximate departure dates and may change due to programmatic needs.

Partner Information

Special Education Unit, Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development

Required Skills

• Master’s degree in school psychology or other related field
• Minimum of 5 years’ experience conducting tests, particularly those related to intelligence, behavior/emotional functioning, social functioning, self-concept and self-esteem
• Training and program facilitation skills
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Skilled use of Microsoft office programs
• Ability to develop organized reports that can be used to inform decisions regarding student placement and/or services

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations in Eastern Caribbean

  • Eastern Caribbean may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: none identified.
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified.
  • After arrival in Eastern Caribbean, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot and mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.


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