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NMSU's School Psychology Program receives accreditation

New Mexico State University's School Psychology Program has been accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

views school psychology programs and approves those that are consistent with its standards in an effort to assure high quality psychology training and services. NMSU received a two-year conditional accreditation. Of the six programs seeking accreditation this cycle only two were approved.

"I'm very optimistic that we will get full approval in 2007," said Enedina Vazquez, associate dean of the graduate school and former coordinator of the School Psychology Program.

"How we are training students is consistent with the national mission or philosophy of NASP."

NASP standards include a professional conduct method that provides the ethical and professional basis for the delivery of school psychological services and standards for training and field placement programs in school psychology. NASP standards provide the framework for preparation, credentialing, ethics and practice in school psychology. They approve programs that train students to meet the complex educational, emotional and social needs of today's children.

Vazquez said the NMSU School Psychology Program trains psychologists to work with teachers and other school professionals to promote the mental health and academic development of all children and adolescents.

"It means a lot to our students that we meet the national standards," she said. "Accreditation increases their ability to move between states."

The School Psychology Program is part of an inter-departmental program between the Counseling and Educational Psychology and Special Education/Communications Disorders departments in the College of Education. Graduates receive a Specialist in Education degree in school psychology from the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department.

NMSU's School Psychology Program, which was established nine years ago, currently has 36 students and tries to admit 12 each year. Five students graduated in the spring.

"I'm very pleased that the School Psychology Program has evolved into what it is today," Vazquez said. "It is in a very good position to grow. This is a good day for school psychology at NMSU."