Financial Support Available through a New School-based Training Program for UT Austin School Psychology Master’s Students

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March 24, 2023

The Texas Center for Equity Promotion (TexCEP) is excited to announce a new training program for School Psychology master’s students in the College of Education at UT Austin. Training in Comprehensive, Culturally Affirming Services (TRACCS) in School Psychology, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, prepares future school psychologists to provide evidence-based and culturally affirming mental health services in high-needs school districts.

By focusing on increasing the number and diversity of high-quality providers, the TRACCS program addresses the shortages of mental health services in high-need school districts such as DVISD. TRACCS trainees are provided multi-year financial support, including covered tuition costs, tuition stipend, health insurance, supplies (i.e., laptop, textbooks), travel assistance and professional development.

Students accepted into the master’s in School Psychology program will be eligible to participate. The department will notify eligible participants about the next steps after reviewing applications to the School Psychology Master’s program. Applicants committed to working in high-need schools and bilingual English/Spanish applicants will be given priority.

The TRACCS program is conducted in partnership with Del Valle Independent School District (DVISD), where program participants will spend their internship year. DVISD, located southeast of Austin, serves a student population that is 84.7% Hispanic/Latinx and 44.3% are classified as emerging bilingual. The population also includes 88.9% of students classified as economically disadvantaged.

Contact Dr. Jessica O’Bleness with any questions.