Education & Psychology
The Education and Psychology Department
at Southwestern Adventist University provides a high-quality educational experience. We prepare individuals for careers in multiple educational settings and a wide range of counseling and mental health professions. Our faculty brings expertise through earned degrees and real-world experience to their teaching. Our goal is to provide meaningful learning experiences to promote critical thinking, knowledge acquisition, and problem-solving skills. All teaching and learning are focused on preparation for the classroom, clinical practice, research, and other relevant settings.
A vital feature of our education program is integrating field experience from the freshmen year until graduation.
Our students complete: many hours of observations, peer teaching, and engagement in the local classrooms in addition to a 14-week student teaching experience in their final semester. Additional experience is available for students interested in working in our on-campus reading lab for children in the community or one of several tutoring positions available in the community’s public and private schools.
Our psychology program is proud to offer a one-of-a-kind B.S. degree in Psychology with an emphasis on School Guidance.
This degree combines psychology and education for those interested in becoming a school counselor. Students have the opportunity to build a solid foundation in psychology while they prepare for teaching in the elementary classroom. The State of Texas requires school counselors to teach for two years prior to earning licensure for school counseling. The intent is to prepare individuals to teach while, at the same time, they obtain the requisite experience in the classroom, they can pursue a master’s degree in school counseling.