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School Psychology Program Receives Prestigious Accreditation

by University Relations

The School of Education’s Master of Arts in Education: Educational Psychology with the School Psychology Credential program received accreditation from the prestigious National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) in February. The four-year accreditation process involved a comprehensive realignment with NASP training standards, including a self-study that allowed program leaders to evaluate coursework, practicum, and fieldwork/internship requirements.

“The remarkable accomplishment of the NASP accreditation exemplifies the high quality of the graduate programs in the Department of School Counseling and School Psychology,” said Anita Henck, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education. “It is a tribute to the collaboration between our dedicated faculty, and we are grateful for the department’s strong commitment to academic and professional excellence.”

With 200 approved programs nationwide, APU stands as the only evangelical Christian university on the West Coast to receive this distinction. This affirmation sets APU graduates apart from other candidates by making them eligible to become Nationally Certified School Psychologists (NCSP), a certification recognized in more than 30 states. Offered at the Azusa campus as well as the Orange County and Inland Empire regional centers, the program currently enrolls 60 students. Program graduates emerge as highly marketable and competitively qualified to serve as professional school counselors in a public school setting.

“Unlike many other programs nationwide, APU’s program infuses a faith-based perspective in the development of competent school psychologists,” said Pedro Olvera, Psy.D., director of the School Psychology program. “School psychologists are experts in the areas of disability and mental health in school systems. Through our program, we seek to train compassionate practitioners that can make a positive impact on students and schools.”

Originally published in the Summer '12 issue of APU Life. Download the full issue (PDF).