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Multicultural and/or Bilingual Programs

Texas A&M University
Doctoral Only

The primary goal of the program is the development of psychologists who recognize the importance of scholarly inquiry and the application of various methods to the resolution of problems encountered in their daily practice, teaching, continuing professional development and their discipline at large. The program strives to train psychologists capable of contributing to the health care of children and adolescents, from perspectives of prevention and intervention, related to mental, academic, emotional, and behavioral difficulties, especially as related to schools and the educational process, at the individual and organization level. Since children and families may be encountered in a variety of settings, the training program attempts to equip students to work in a variety of private and institutional settings, in addition to public and private schools. The program emphasizes diversity issues related to the practice of psychology, as well as addressing achievement and mental health disparities among minority populations.

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Program Specifics

As part of the curriculum at Texas A&M, several courses are required that focus on a range of multicultural, cross-cultural or bilingual issues.

  • Degree Awarded:  PhD degree in School Psychology
  • Total number of credits: PhD: 90-111 semester/hours
  • NASP-Approved: Yes
  • Bilingual Specialization: Yes

Student Demographics

At least 25 % of students come from traditionally underrepresented groups

Specialized Training Experiences

  • Grants: Currently, Texas A&M has an Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) grant. The purpose of the pre-doctoral fellowships is to facilitate the training of leadership personnel in an effort to improve the education and overall well-being of Hispanic children and youth with learning and behavior problems. For detailed information on this grant please see the following: http://epsy.tamu.edu/articles/doctoral_training_grant & the December 2005 Communiqué article describing the doctoral training grant.
  • Immersions: Currently the school psychology program at Texas A&M has an intense three week immersion program in Mexico. This program allows students to take 6 credit hours related to multicultural issues in Mexico, while at the same time participating in observations, and delivery of services in schools and mental health clinics in Mexico. This program is open to all students in the program, but it is encouraged that students who are interested in working specifically with Latinos and their families, participate in the program.

Retention & Recruitment

Funding is available through the program that covers all or a portion of the student's tuition and/or related fees.  The focus of the funding is specific to working with multicultural populations. In addition, special materials are used to recruit candidates from CLD backgrounds along with special retention strategies.

Field Placements

Students are provided with placements in schools serving a high number of CLD students and assigned to supervisors that have had training or experience working with diverse populations.

Faculty

At least one member of the faculty is involved in research and publication in the area of multicultural or bilingual issues. Faculty profiles and research interests are not available on the Texas A&M website at this time.