Teaching Resources From APA and TOPSS
National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula
This document is constructed to guide curriculum decisions by providing content and performance standards for those designing psychology instruction.
Guidelines for Preparing High School Psychology Teachers: Course-Based and Standards-Based Approaches
The purpose of these guidelines is to outline training models for the preparation of teachers of high school psychology.
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.
Samples of actual calendars provided by psychology teachers.
Use these to illustrate the role psychologists play in preventing violence, promoting health and protecting the environment.
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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
Local/State Groups for Psychology Teachers
A listing of local, regional or state groups or conferences (workshops) for high school psychology teachers.
TOPSS Speakers Bureau
Find and contact local psychologists who are available to visit high school and community college psychology classrooms and speak with students.
Psychology Awareness Initiative
Promote awareness of psychology in your school and community.
TOPSS minority recruiting recommendations
Encourage and motivate minority high school students to consider pursuing psychology as a career through meetings with role models and mentors.
“Psych Learning Curve”
Check out the latest news from psychology and education.
Psychology Teacher Network
PTN is a quarterly newsletter for teachers of introductory psychology.
Psychology Student Network
PSN is published twice a year for precollege and undergraduate psychology students.
Subscribe to other APA newsletters
TOPSS members can opt-in to receive a variety of newsletters from APA, including the Psychological Science Agenda and more.
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.
APA’s flagship journal; published nine times a year. Included with APA high school teacher affiliate (TOPSS) membership.
Activities Handbook for the Teaching of Psychology
Demonstrations, assignments and experiments to complement psychology course textbooks.
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition
A complete style manual for writers, editors, students and educators in the social and behavioral sciences.
Careers in Psychology
“Psychology: Scientific Problem Solvers — Careers for the 21st Century” booklet and video.
Graduate Study in Psychology
Offers practical information about approximately 600 graduate programs in psychology in the U.S. and Canada.
Professional Development Awards for High School Psychology Teachers
$500 to help high school psychology teachers travel to and attend APA's Annual Convention.
High School Psychology Outreach Grants
The purpose of these grants is to support innovative programs that support networking, professional development and educational outreach opportunities for high school psychology teachers and students.
Get Your Students Involved
Online Psychology Laboratory
The OPL website offers students opportunities to participate in studies and engage in data analysis.
Conducting research with students
Students learn the practical applications of psychology by participating in a school psychology club or creating experiments for a science fair.
Many schools offer psychology clubs to give students a more complete view of the world of psychology.
APA TOPSS Competition for High School Psychology Students
Annual competition for psychology students.
TOPSS Academic Achievement in Psychology Certificates
To recognize outstanding psychology students.
The APA supports student research through the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and through ISEF-affiliated regional science fairs.
Join APA as a Student Affiliate
Become a High School Student Affiliate and enjoy many great benefits!
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.
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.
High School Psychology
- Teaching High School Psychology as a Career Pathway
From Eye on Psi Chi, Winter 2008 (Vol. 12, No. 2).
Society for the Teaching of Psychology
APA's Division 2 is dedicated to promoting excellence in the teaching and learning of psychology.