Curriculum & Classroom Tools

APA Policy

Tools for Teachers

  • Unit lesson plans
    APA TOPSS provides teachers with unit lesson plans, each containing a content outline, suggested resources and activities, and references.

  • Resource manual for new teachers of high school psychology
    This manual provides resources and helpful suggestions to new psychology teachers.

  • Teaching Resources on Skills 
    Three sets of materials are provided for teachers and students, on metacognitive, transferable, and well-being skills.

  • Teaching Psychology: Where Can I Find Help?
    This resource provides the psychology teacher with a quick reference for needs and questions that arise while preparing to teach the course.

  • Videos for psychology teachers
    The APA Education Directorate and TOPSS have provided videos for psychology teachers to view and/or use in class as appropriate.

  • Psychology: Science in Action
    APA's public education campaign features videos, posters and more to help teachers give students the tools they need to launch careers in psychology.

  • Pacing calendars
    Samples of actual calendars provided by psychology teachers.

  • Classroom posters
    Use these to illustrate the role psychologists play in preventing violence, promoting health and protecting the environment.

  • TOPSS Listserv
    Join the mailing list to receive periodic news and updates.

  • Website toolbar
    APA's toolbar includes links to the most relevant and practical content, tools and feeds from APA. Easy to download to your web browser.

  • Certification requirements
    Teacher certification requirements for the 50 States, collected by the University of Kentucky, College of Education to facilitate movement from one state to another.

  • Sample two-day lesson plans
    Lesson plans and activities submitted by winners of the APA TOPSS Charles T. Blair-Broeker Excellence in Teaching Awards.

  • Webcasts and Online Modules for Psychology Teachers
    Recorded webcasts and online modules are available for teachers on a variety of topics 





  • Monitor on Psychology  
    APA’s monthly magazine with current news, articles and research findings in the field of psychology. Sent to all APA members and affiliates.


  • American Psychologist
    APA’s flagship journal; published nine times a year. Included with APA high school teacher affiliate (TOPSS) membership.



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  • Careers in Psychology
    This guide provides a look at psychology as a career in many different fields, such as research, consulting, diagnosing and teaching. It includes an outlook of the current job market and testimonials from psychologists on the career paths they have chosen.

  • Career Guides
    Guides to careers in psychology, including a general guide, and guides for high school and college students of color, as well as information on applying to graduate school.