Date of Award

Spring 5-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts - School Psychology


Human Services

First Advisor

Dr. Robbie Steward

Second Advisor

Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey

Third Advisor

Dr. Ginger Kelso

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Frank Mullins


In 2013, Texas State legislature passed Senate Bill 460 which implemented a law that requires the inclusion of knowledge relating to students’ mental health status in teacher preparation curriculum. This requirement is explained in Texas Education Code (TEC) §21.044(b). The purpose of this study is to examine the degree of awareness of the new requirement and the attitudes toward mental health among Education Preparation Program (EPP) instructors. In addition, faculty were asked about their implementation plans for the new requirement.

A survey was developed to address these research questions. Thirty-five public and private universities in Texas were targeted, which resulted in the identification of seventy-five (N=75) faculty participants. The survey included items that addressed faculty attitudes and current level of knowledge about 13 different mental health disorders perception regarding the locus of responsibility for awareness of mental health issues in the school setting. Finally, there were questions about how instructors and affiliated Education Preparation Programs were going to address the change in legislation. Knowledge, awareness, rank, years of experience, and attitudes were found to predict the degree to which faculty members’ included mental health issues in instruction- F (5,63) = 10.129, p< .001.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.



Tell us how this article helped you.


To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.