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In Sultan Qaboos University, psychology started as a unit in the Department of Education and Psychology in the College of Education and Islamic sciences (now College of Education). In the academic year of 1998/1999, the University Council approved the establishment of psychology as an independent department. Since then, the Department has effectively contributed to the teaching of many courses in the teacher education program. Its effective role appeared in the students' willingness to take many of the department's elective courses at the College and the University levels. In addition, the Department effectively contributed to scientific research and community service through its involvement in committees outside the university and by providing training courses and workshops for the government ministries and other organizations. Nevertheless, the Department is still considered as a serving department at the bachelor level. It teaches core and elective courses for students from other departments (within the College of Education) and students from the College of Arts and Social Sciences in addition to students of educational administration and guidance diploma. In the academic year 1995/1996, the department started offering a Master's degree program in educational psychology which was streamed later in 2001/2002 to two specializations: measurement & evaluation and learning & instruction. In the academic year 2006/2007, a high diploma in learning difficulties was started. In the academic year 2008/2009, a high Diploma in vocational guidance was started. In the academic year 2009/2010, the department started offering an intermediate diploma in special education. The rapid developments which occurred in the history of psychology whether in this world or in Sultanate of Oman get us optimistic in the future of psychology at this university and its great role in serving the Omani society. The psychology department seeks to be distinctive in implementing academic programs related to specialty and advanced research activities as well as focusing on academic fellowship and the diversity of ideas and cultural and academic backgrounds.

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