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PSY 4953 Cooperative Education in Psychology

  • This course requires students to make application one semester BEFORE they plan to take the course.  All placements are subject to the approval of the supervising professor. . 
  • Each student will complete a minimum of 20 work hours per week at a psychologically-oriented agency. 
  • Each student must have an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 in order to enroll in the PSY 4953 class.

Qualifications and Requirements

PSY 4953 Cooperative Education (Co-op) is offered through the Department of Psychology in conjunction with the Cooperative Education Program of the TWU Pioneer Center for Student Excellence. Co-op is intended for students who are currently employed in a psychology-oriented job or who plan to obtain a multiple semester such job while they are still a student.


  • Students are required to work at least 20 hours/wk for 3 hours of credit (200 clock hours per semester) or 40 hours per week for 6 hours of credit (400 clock hours per semester). All placements must be approved by the Psychology Department Cooperative Education Faculty Advisor, Dr. Asbury.
  • Students must be of Junior or Senior standing
  • Students must have completed a minimum of 12 hours in psychology
  • Students must have a minimum of 3.0 cumulative and 3.0 psychology GPA.
  • Students must complete all steps to register at least 2 weeks prior to the end of the preceding semester in which they plan to enroll in Co-op. (e.g., if a student plans a spring coop, he/she must complete registration before the fall semester ends.

Steps to Registration for Students Who Are Already Employed

  • The semester before you plan to register, meet with Dr. Asbury to discuss your job and employment responsibilities to ensure a match and that learning objectives can be created.
  • If your job is approved by Dr. Asbury, you must meet with the Career Services Cooperative Education Coordinator (940-898-2952 or.
  • Sue Greenwood has several requirements that MUST be completed in order to be approved for co-op. These requirements are listed online at the Career Services Getting Started page. Please carefully review these requirements and clarify any questions with Sue. Additional information can be found at the Pioneer Center Internships page.
  • Once the above steps are completed, you may obtain the course code from Dr. Asbury to register for the class.

Steps to Registration for Students Seeking Employment

Career Services can assist you in finding internship and cooperative education opportunities in all semesters. While it is ultimately your responsibility to find a position, career services can assist with your résumé, interviewing techniques, application issues, etc. Once you have secured a job, follow steps 1-4 above.

Semester Requirements

  1. All assignments are due to Career Services and must be turned in on time.
  2. At the end of the semester, a 500 word paper summarizing your experience is due to Dr. Asbury.


Contact Dr. Asbury at

page last updated 11/28/2016 12:46 PM