Psychology (B.S.), Emphasis in School Guidance

Southwestern Adventist University’s Education and Psychology department offers two majors in its undergraduate program in psychology namely:

  1. Bachelor of Science in Psychology is designed for students wanting to obtain entry-level positions in the field of psychology or who are planning on pursuing advanced degrees as part of their career path. To be a licensed counselor you must have a master degree or higher and successfully complete the respective licensure examinations.

  2. Bachelor of Science in Psychology Emphasis School Guidance prepares students to be licensed and certified as a Generalist EC–6 teachers, as well as obtain entry level positions in psychology. Please note that the State of Texas requires candidates who desire a certificate in school counseling to complete two years of successful teaching and hold a valid teaching certificate issued by the State of Texas and a master degree in school guidance/school counseling.

We offer unique opportunities for students planning to become teachers initially, to do a number of microteaching episodes, observing the teaching and learning process in an actual classroom (field experience), culminating in a 14 weeks internship in a school in one of our local school districts. Students also have opportunities to do field experience or internship in a mental health facility once their major is psychology.

University alumni surveys find that psychology grads are currently working as psychology technicians, case managers for social services, fire fighters, ministers, teachers, authors, probation offcers, small business owners and corporate executives.

Job Outlook

A number of institutions hire graduates with a bachelor's degree, thus the outlook for a psychology major is excellent. Training in critical thinking, interpersonal communications, and human behavior make graduates in this field highly versatile and employable.

Earnings

Depending on the area of the country and type of job, grads can expect to earn a salary range of $30,000–$50,000.

Educational Qualifications

Students must be prepared to pursue licensure for becoming teachers first, and for further advancement students must complete a master degree and take the various licensure exams in order to be qualified as a school counselor. Students planning to teach at tertiary level in psychology programs must have at least one area of expertise and a doctorate degree is preferred. A terminal degree is also very advantageous in psychology to make an individual highly qualified.

To view general education requirements for this major, please visit http://catalog.swau.edu/undergraduate/2016-2017. 

PSYCHOLOGY COURSES:

PSYC 212 General Psychology.............................................3

PSYC 220 Human Growth Development ........................... 3

PSYC 222 Ethics for Mental Health Professionals.............3

PSYC 244 Courtship, Marriage, and Family.......................3

PSYC 322 Adolescent Psychology........................................3

PSYC 326 Exceptional Children ..........................................3

PSYC 340 Abnormal Psychology ......................................... 3

PSYC 360 Personality Theory & Development..................3

PSYC 445 Deviant Behavior ................................................. 3

PSYC 460 Applied Social Research Methods ..................... 3

PSYC 470 Counseling Theory & Techniques ..................... 3

SUBTOTAL: 33

EDUCATION COURSES:

EDUC 312 Educational Psychology......................................3

EDUC 350 Educational Technology .....................................3

EDUC 364 Kindergarten Materials & Methods ...............................3

EDUC 382 Reading and Language Arts in the
Elementary School...............................................3

EDUC 386 Mathematics in the Elementary School............3

EDUC 413 Science in the Elementary School .....................3

EDUC 416 Legal and Philosophical Foundations...............3

EDUC 419 Social Studies in the Elementary School ..........3

EDUC 424 Language Arts Essential Skills in the Elementary School...............................................3

EDUC 434 Classroom Assessment........................................3

EDUC 436 Classroom Management.....................................3

EDUC 475 Directed Teaching................................................6

SUBTOTAL: 42

REQUIRED COGNATES:

POLS 211 National and Texas Constitution.........................3

MATH 241 Intro to Probability and Statistics......................................3

TOTAL: 81

 

First Year

First Semester

BIOL 104—Human Biology with Lab .....................................4

ENGL 121—Freshman Composition......................................3

HIST 111 or 112—American History......................................3

KINT 111—Health & Wellness* .............................................3

RLGN—Christian Beliefs*.......................................................3

UNIV 101—Principles of Active Learning ..............................1

TOTAL:​ 17

Second Semester

BIOL 105—Human Biology II with Lab...................................4

CSIS 102 or 104—Computer Science ................................ 1-3

HIST- Non-American ..............................................................3

MATH 110—College Algebra .................................................3

PSYC 212—General Psychology .............................................3

TOTAL:​ 14-16

Second Year

COMM—Speech ....................................................................3

ENGL 220—Research Writing ................................................3

P.E. Elective ............................................................................1

POLS 211—National & Texas Constitution ............................3

PSYC 244—Courtship, Marriage, & Family............................3

RLGN 201—Bible Study Methods*........................................3

TOTAL:​ 16

EDUC 350—Educational Technology ......................................3

PSYC 220—Human Growth and Development. .....................3

PSYC 222—Ethics for Mental Health Professionals ...............3

PSYC 322—Adolescent Psychology ..........................................3

RLGN—History SDA Church* ..................................................3

TOTAL:​ 15

Third Year

EDUC 312—Educational Psychology .....................................3

EDUC 382—Reading/Language Arts in Elem. .......................3

EDUC 385—Philosophy of Education.......................................3

ENGL—Literature ...................................................................3

MATH 241—Intro. to Probability and Statistics.....................3

PSYC 360—Personality Theory and Development ................3

TOTAL:​ 18

EDUC 419—Social Studies in Elementary School ..................3

EDUC 413—Science in Elementary School ............................3

EDUC 424—Language Arts Essential Skills.............................3

EDUC 495—TExES Review - Generalist..................................0

PSYC 326—Exceptional Children .............................................3

PSYC 340—Abnormal Psychology............................................3

PSYC 445—Deviant Behavior....................................................3

TOTAL:​ 18

Fourth Year

EDUC 434—Classroom Assessment ......................................3

EDUC 364—Kindergarten Methods & Materials...................3

EDUC 386—Math in Elementary School ...............................3

EDUC 416—Legal & Philosophical Foundations....................3

EDUC 496—TExES Review-Pedagogy & Prof Responsibility..0

PSYC 460—Applied Research Methods.................................3

RLGN—Upper Division Religion ............................................3

TOTAL:​ 18

PSYC 470—Counseling Theories & Techniques.....................3

EDUC 436—Classroom Management....................................3

Directed Student Teaching.....................................................6

TOTAL:​ 12