Every child can shine
Ms Tan Su-Lynn
Educational Psychologist, Psychological Services Branch
As an Educational Psychologist, Su-Lynn provides psychological services to mainstream schools and develops initiatives to support students with special educational needs through research. Her sphere of influence extends to the broader special needs landscape as she works directly with students with special educational needs as well as with external agencies to implement and monitor intervention programmes to support their learning.
One of the main challenges she faces is helping parents to overcome the stigma associated with learning disabilities and accept that their child needs additional support or an alternative educational setting. However, hearing from teachers or parents that their child is progressing well in school because of the recommendations and strategies that they have adopted, based on her advice, makes her work immensely rewarding.
“Nothing is more fulfilling than working in a place that is committed to supporting children with special educational needs and ensuring that they have access to quality education. This is indeed my passion and purpose in life.”
As an Educational Psychologist in the Education Services Division, you will lead the delivery of psychological services to schools as well as develop and review policies, programmes and resources through research.
Your key responsibilities include:
- Providing guidance on issues pertaining to educational support for students with special needs in mainstream schools
- Developing, monitoring and evaluating the support structure, programmes and resources for schools to support students with special needs
- Implementing strategies for ensuring quality psycho-educational services for students with special needs
- Guiding, mentoring and supervising Associate Psychologists
- Leading teams in research and development projects
- Designing and conducting training programmes on special needs
We are looking for applicants with:
- At least a Masters degree in Educational Psychology, School Psychology or Applied Psychology; related working experience would be an advantage
- Good interpersonal, communication and supervisory skills, and ability to work well with people at all levels
- Embraces the value of professionalism and has a strong passion and drive to work with students with special needs and external stakeholders
Educational Psychologists will be appointed on the Management Executive Scheme of Service. The appointment grade and starting salary will commensurate with the qualifications and work experience of successful candidates. Those who have completed full-time National Service will be granted additional salary increments.
- 18 days’ vacation leave
- Medical leave - 14 days’ sick leave (if no hospitalisation) and up to 60 days’ sick leave (with hospitalisation)
- Subsidised medical and dental benefits
- Use of Government Holiday Bungalows
- Group Insurance Scheme at low premiums
To apply, please visit Careers@Gov to view our current job openings.
Ms Tan Su-Lynn’s article is reproduced with the permission of Choice Employer 2017 © Singapore Press Holdings Limited.