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GCU Master’s Program in School Psychology Gets National Approval

Lakewood, N.J., Feb. 2, 2010—Georgian Court University’s Master of Arts in School Psychology/Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study program has been awarded national approval/recognition (conditional) by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

“Increasingly, school psychologists play a vital role in helping both non-disabled and disabled children receive an appropriate education and realize their full potential,” says Joseph Colford, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the university’s school psychology program, who noted that the NASP’s review of Georgian Court was very positive and complimentary.

The association conducted an exhaustive evaluation that included a 270-page application outlining GCU’s adherence to strict NASP standards for program content, coursework, and field experiences. NASP, a specialized professional association of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), represents more than 25,500 psychologists.

Alumni of GCU’s program have found success in school districts and other settings as they consult with other educators, evaluate youngsters, and conduct research and planning. Overall, they aim to address students’ classroom and mental health needs, family issues, and other barriers to learning.

In the last few years, says Dr. Colford, the demand for highly trained professionals who can address academic, emotional, and social issues among kids has soared, making the field a very promising career option. The awarding of NASP approval/recognition allows program graduates to earn the NASP’s Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential, a designation that employers often look for as they screen applicants for jobs.

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 One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.


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