Core Standards


While Psychology is not a core requirement for High School graduation it is often taught as an elective course in Utah. Course descriptions created by teachers will often follow national standards.

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Utah Core Language Arts & Literacy Standards in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects

1. National Standards

The American Psychological Association National Standards

National Standards from National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)

2. Materials and Resources

The following are materials and resources that can be used to support the core curriculum.

Teacher Resources

Teacher of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS)
Information about the Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools. Contains links to teacher and student resources, the TOPSS Annual Report, APA collaborative projects, upcoming events, and the Standards for the Teaching of High School Psychology.

Utah State Office of Education Recommended Instructional Materials System (RIMS)
Find instructional materials that have been adopted by the Utah State Office of Education.

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
Founded in 1921, National Council for the Social Studies has grown to be the largest association in the country devoted solely to social studies education. NCSS engages and supports educators in strengthening and advocating social studies. With members in all the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 69 foreign countries, NCSS serves as an umbrella organization for elementary, secondary, and college teachers of history, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and law-related education.


Notable Trade Books for Young People
The books that appear in these annotated book lists were evaluated and selected by a Book Review Committee appointed by National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and assembled in cooperation with the Children's Book Council (CBC).

Internet Resources

Pioneer (Utah's Online Library)
Provides statewide access to newspaper articles, magazines, professional journals, encyclopedias, video, photographs, maps, charts, and graphics.

Utah Education Network
Provides education tools, activities, lesson plans, curriculum guides and professional development for teachers and educators in the state of Utah. You can also find other UEN resources like KULC channel 9, EDNET, and distance learning resources here.