Teaching Resources from APA and TOPSS

Through APA's Education Directorate, the APA Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) aims to meet the curricular, professional development and networking needs of high school psychology teachers. TOPSS also provides opportunities for high school psychology teachers and their students to be recognized and rewarded for their excellence.

This collection of resources offers APA policy documents, manuals, lesson plans, videos and PowerPoint presentations, publications and several other online tools to help teachers of introductory psychology in their classrooms.

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.

  • PowerPoint presentations
    Demonstrations for teachers of high school psychology to use in the classroom.

  • 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.

  • Research methods, measurement and statistics
    A module to review topics such as research methods and measurements used to study behavior and mental processes, ethical issues in research with human and nonhuman animals, and basic concepts in data analysis.

  • Key points to remember in biopsychology
    A module on seven key points high school students should know after studying biopsychology.

  • Classroom activities in biopsychology
    A module to accompany the "Biological Bases of Behavior" TOPSS unit lesson plan.

  • 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. 

TOPSS Webcasts for Psychology Teachers

A webcast series for psychology teachers, available for free to TOPSS members using the provided discount codes.

  • 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.

Funding Opportunities
For Students
Get Your Students Involved
  • 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.