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Specialist Program in School Psychology Achieves Approval


JONESBORO – The educational specialist (Ed.S.) school psychology track/program has achieved a major milestone in the program's development.

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Program Approval Board (PAB) has granted the A-State school psychology graduate program of study "full approval," according to Dr. John Hall, professor of psychology and counseling and coordinator of the program.  The A-State program was first approved by NASP in 2009.

NASP serves as the Specialized Program Association (SPA) for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

"This decision means the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) program review process, which is tied to our college CAEP accreditation, found that our graduate school psychology program demonstrated consistency with the NASP's 'Standards for Training and Field Placement Program in School Psychology'," Hall explained.

"This approval and recognition is a key indicator of Arkansas State's quality graduate education in school psychology, comprehensive content, and extensive and properly supervised field experiences and internships."

Graduates of NASP-approved programs enjoy a streamlined process to become nationally certified as school psychologists.  They also are in the best position to serve students, parents, families, professional educators and pre-K-12 schools.

"We are proud that our school psychology program continues to meet the rigorous national standards for the preparation of our students," said Dr. Mary Jane Bradley, dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Science.  "With graduation from our NASP accredited program, our students demonstrate professional excellence, a high standard for practice to families and administrators, and credibility for employers. With the guidance of Dr. John Hall, school psychology program coordinator, our program provides area schools with well-qualified psychologists to work with students and families."

While not a pre-requisite, most applicants to the program hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology, education or a related area.  Undergraduate course work in psychology is advantageous.

Individuals who may be interested in pursuing the educational specialist program in school psychology may contact Hall at jhall@AState.edu or (870) 972-3064.

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