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NMSU's School Psychology Program receives full accreditation

New Mexico State University's School Psychology Program has received full accreditation through 2012 from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

NASP reviews school psychology programs and approves those that are consistent with their standards in an effort to assure high quality psychology training and services. NMSU received a conditional NASP accreditation in 2005.

"The accreditation process helps us continue to improve and be accountable for our programming. It helps us highlight our strengths, but also makes us aware of improvements we can make," said Elsa Arroyos-Jurado, director of training, recruitment and retention for the program. "For our students, it lets them know they are getting high quality training and that we follow standards in the field, which means our students are getting skills to be successful."

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.

Arroyos-Jurado 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.

Pointing to its recent listing by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best Careers of 2008, Arroyos-Jurado said "a career in school psychology has a bright future with a strong job market outlook."

U.S. News & World Report cited an increase in retirement of the current workforce, increased involvement of parents with special needs children in schools, media attention to many problems school psychologists deal with and excellent working conditions as reasons for the ranking.

The NMSU School Psychology Program is part of the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department in the College of Education. Graduates receive a Specialist in Education degree in school psychology.

Tuition remission and training opportunities in bilingual school psychology also are available at NMSU through a personnel preparation grant.

For more information about the program or the grant opportunity, contact Arroyos-Jurado at edsinsp@nmsu.edu or (575) 646-6589.