Texas Tech University

Qualifying Exams

All students are required to successfully pass a practice and research qualifying examination which is taken some time after completion of the second-year research project, but no later than the spring semester of the student's fourth year of study. These examinations are designed to adhere to and reflect the scientist-practitioner approach to counseling psychology by emphasizing clear and cogent linkages among observation and inference, theory and practice. In the practice portion of the exam five core areas of counseling psychology are assessed: (1) counseling theory and practice, (2) vocational counseling and career development, (3) research issues, (4) multicultural and diversity issues, and (5) professional and ethical issues. The research portion of the exam consists of writing a research project in the area of interest to the student. The evaluation of the qualifying exam is designed to provide a constructive learning experience. Details concerning the format, time sequence and grading of the qualifying exam are outlined in the Counseling Psychology Handbook.

The Counseling Psychology Program has made the necessary changes to be in compliance with Texas Senate Bill 17 regarding diversity, equity and inclusion. More information can be found here.

Link to APA Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

Public Disclosure: Professional Licensure by State

The Texas Tech University Counseling Psychology Program is required to publicly disclose to prospective and currently enrolled students whether our program meets the education requirements for licensure or certification for all 50 states, District of Columbia, and specified U.S. territories. Our program is responsible for determining whether our academic program meets applicable state education requirements for professional licensure or certification. See the TTU Counseling Psychology Program's Professional Licensure by State Table.

Program Acceptance for Licensure by State

APA Accredited, Next Review: 2033

Contact Information for Accrediting Association:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202-336-5979
Fax: 202-336-5978
Email: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation