With expertise in education and psychology, our program provides a unique benefit for those who will soon be aiding and leading the students of tomorrow. Southwestern is currently the only Seventh-day Adventist school that offers a combined degree in education and psychology. You’ll not only learn in the classroom but by watching those who do it every day, and by doing it yourself, you’ll build trust in your students and confidence in your own skills.

University alumni surveys find that psychology grads are currently working as psychology technicians, case managers for social services, fire fighters, ministers, teachers, authors, probation officers, 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.


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.

Curriculum Guide. To view general education requirements for this major, please visit the catalog.

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The future is bright, and the need is great in both education and psychology. These are not areas that students pursue with plans on becoming rich, but they can be fulfilling careers, filled with opportunities to touch people’s lives and help many young people grow into responsible adults.



  • Teacher
  • Principal
  • Diagnostician
  • Superintendent of Schools
  • Speech Pathology
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Technology Director
  • Curriculum Director
  • Social Services Case Manager
  • Probation Officer
  • Psychology Technician


Average Salary of a Private Practice Clinical Therapist

Faculty Profiles

Marcel Sargeant, PhD

Academic Administration
Asst. Vice President, Academic Administration

Michael England, EdD

Education & Psychology

Donna Berkner, EdD

Academic Administration
Vice President

Cheryl The, Ph.D.

Education & Psychology
Assistant Professor

Mark Aldridge, PhD

Education & Psychology

Lynette Frantzen, PhD

Education & Psychology
Assistant Professor