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TWU becomes first public university in Texas to offer specialist degree


Sept. 28, 2006 - DENTON — Texas Woman’s University recently became the first public university in the state to offer a specialist degree. Graduate students who complete the specialist-level, 60-plus hours of training in school psychology now will be awarded a specialist in school psychology (SSP) degree rather than the master’s in school psychology degree.

A specialist degree falls between a typical 36-hour master’s degree and a 90-plus hour doctoral degree.

“The SSP degree is consistent with national training standards and accurately reflects the amount of work completed for this advanced degree,” said Dr. Daniel C. Miller, chair of the TWU Department of Psychology and Philosophy.“In the state of Texas, school psychologists are licensed for practice as Licensed Specialists in School Psychology, so now the degree is more in line with the terminology used in licensure as well,” Dr. Miller said. “This ‘value added’ degree will attract more students to the program and help advance the field of school psychology within the state.”

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board granted TWU the authority to offer a specialist degree on Sept. 1.


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