The American Psychological Association recently accredited the Texas Woman’s University doctorate program in school psychology.
The association is the national accrediting authority for professional education and training in psychology.
“It’s an important milestone in the program because it’s really an endorsement by a national accreditation body,” said Daniel C. Miller, professor and department chair of the TWU department of psychology and philosophy.
The accreditation will help in recruiting students to TWU and placing them in a practicum, internship or job, Miller said.
It takes about four years to become accredited, he said. TWU hired a consultant to get ideas and applied in the fall of 2010.
“You read the standards and make sure the curriculum follows those standards,” he said, calling it a rigorous process.
The program is now accredited for seven years, the maximum period of accreditation the associations awards.
It’s been a departmental goal for the last 20 years, Miller said.
“It’s been really nice to reach this milestone,” he said.
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