For Immediate Release

Contact:Deborah Gilleran

Georgian Court to Offer Two New Graduate Programs through Coastal Communiversity

New Options Are M.A. in Education: Autism Spectrum Disorders and M.A. in Counseling Psychology

Lakewood, N.J., March 28, 2008—Georgian Court University will soon offer two new graduate-level degree programs through its partnership with the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity located in Wall Township. The new programs, a Master of Arts in Education: Autism Spectrum Disorders and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, brings to eight the total number of degree programs that GCU offers through the Communiversity. Both of the new programs will kick off in Fall 2008.

“The New Jersey Coastal Communiversity is an alliance of colleges and universities that makes education more accessible to all people in Monmouth County,” says Michael Gross, Ph.D., associate provost for academic development at Georgian Court University.

Through the Communiversity, GCU offers affordable pathways to select bachelor’s and master’s degrees including a B.A. in English or Psychology (both with or without Dual Elementary Certification and Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement), an M.A. in Administration and Leadership (Principal Certificate), and an M.A. in Education with Dual Elementary Certification and Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement.


“The M.A. in Education: Autism Spectrum Disorders is a 36-credit program for certified teachers who wish to pursue an advanced degree in education and focus on autism and pervasive developmental disorders,” says Dr. Gross. He adds that the Communiversity will also offer a single-course introduction to autism and pervasive developmental disorders for parents, paraprofessionals, and other interested individuals, as well as a five-course graduate certificate in autism spectrum disorders.

“Recent CDC research noted that the incidence of autism spectrum disorders in New Jersey is ‘disproportionately high’ with 1 in 94 children affected, compared to the national rate of 1 in 152 children. With the highest incidence of autism in the country, New Jersey needs teachers who are trained in autism and educational interventions,” he says.

Dr. Gross explains that the M.A. in Counseling Psychology (substance abuse counseling track) is a 60-credit program intended for those who wish to pursue advanced studies in the behavioral sciences. “Of the current Brookdale Community College/Georgian Court dual admit students, psychology is the most popular program choice,” Dr. Gross says. “That, and the fact that substance abuse is an ongoing problem in our society, makes this master’s-level course of study a very timely addition to the program offerings.”

He says that although many of the GCU programs offered at the Communiversity are also offered on GCU’s Lakewood campus, the substance abuse counseling track in the M.A. in Counseling Psychology program will be offered only at the Communiversity location. The community counseling and school psychology tracks in the M.A. in Counseling Psychology program are offered at the Lakewood campus only.


The New Jersey Coastal Communiversity is the first alliance of its kind in New Jersey and one of only a handful of such alliances nationwide. The Communiversity offers over 25 associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs and certificates in the fields of business administration, criminal justice, education, health sciences, information technology, and liberal arts.

Classes are conducted at the Communiversity Campus in Wall. For more information about GCU programs at the Communiversity, contact the GCU Office of Admissions at 732.987.2760 or 1.800.458.8422, ext. 2760, or by e-mail at

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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