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Georgian Court’s School Psychology Program Earns Full NASP Approval

Lakewood, N.J., Jan. 19, 2012—Georgian Court University’s program in school psychology continues to attract top-quality, aspiring school psychologists, largely because GCU’s offering is now one of only three such specialist-level programs in New Jersey with full approval from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

“This national recognition means that our program has satisfied all of the training requirements promoted by NASP and that our students have attained the knowledge and skills essential for the professional practice of school psychology,” said Joseph Colford, Ph.D., associate professor and director of GCU’s school psychology program.

Georgian Court’s 75-credit master’s degree and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study programs include a 1,200-hour externship and ultimately prepare graduates for work or for doctoral studies.

GCU’s NASP approval, which is good through December 2016, also means that GCU graduates are eligible to receive the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential once they pass the Praxis II exam in school psychology, Dr. Colford explained. While the NASP requires an 80 percent passing rate on the Praxis II, GCU boasts a passing rate of 90 percent.

GCU’s school psychology program has a 100 percent placement rate, and graduates go on to work with teachers, caseworkers, students, and their families to improve student outcomes and address a range of issues, including academic achievement, mental health, behavior, and other matters that get in the way of learning. According to NASP, school psychologists aim to resolve some of the most urgent challenges in education—barriers to graduation, safe school climates, and family-school partnerships.

More about GCU’s NASP-approved M.A. in School Psychology is available at www.georgian.edu/psychology/ma_school_psy.htm. For admissions information, please call 732.987.2770 or e-mail admissions@georgian.edu.

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 more than 2,500 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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