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GSOE Receives Association Approval

Graduate School of Education Receives Association Approval

National Association of School Psychologists Follows American Psychological Association Accreditation

(January 11, 2005)

The UC Riverside Graduate School of Education’s (GSOE) School Psychology program has been approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), an organization that represents 22,000 school psychologists and related professionals throughout the United States and abroad.

NASP’s mission is to promote educationally and psychologically healthy environments for children with research-based programs designed to prevent problems, enhance independence and promote optimal learning. Approval is granted to programs that provide quality training, comprehensive content and extensive, properly supervised field experiences as judged by trained national reviewers.

The school psychology program at UCR emphasizes the development of skills that allow students to successfully assume the responsibilities of a psychologist in school and community settings, as well as faculty and research positions in institutions of higher education.

Assistant Professor of Education Michael L. Vanderwood and Distinguished Professor of Education Frank Gresham led the effort to gain NASP approval for the GSOE school psychology program. They also worked to successfully receive program accreditation last December from the American Psychological Association (APA), the largest scientific and professional psychology organization in the United States.

GSOE’s school psychology program is the only such program in California to have approval from both the NASP and the APA.

“It is an exceptional honor that our school psychology program has met the rigorous requirements for approval from these two prestigious institutions,” said GSOE Dean Steven Bossert. “This will help us recruit the very best doctoral students.”

Graduates of NASP-approved programs are assured eligibility for the National Certified School Psychology (NCSP) credential, pending completion of a NASP-approved internship and the passing of the National School Psychology Praxis II exam. Students who hold the NCSP credential are often eligible for a starting salary bonus on their first job.

UCR’s GSOE School Psychology doctoral program requires a minimum of three years of full-time academic study beyond the baccalaureate degree. In addition, students must complete a one-year (1500 hours) internship in a school or clinical setting.



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