FLORENCE, S.C. – The school psychology option of the master of applied psychology program at Francis Marion University has been granted full approval by the National Association of School Psychologists’ (NASP) through 2010.
National approval by NASP also results in national recognition as a specialty program by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The FMU program had previously been approved and recognized by both accrediting bodies from 2001 to 2005.
Approximately 67 percent of graduate training programs in school psychology have achieved this national recognition. Graduates of recognized programs are eligible for both state and national certification as specialist-level school psychologists.
“Achievement of NASP approval and national recognition by NCATE is an arduous task and indicates that the program provides rigorous training that results in competent practitioners,” said Sam F. Broughton, FMU’s coordinator of the school psychology option.
Other FMU faculty teaching professional school psychology courses in the option include John Hester, Bob Bridger, Gabe Batarseh and Sue Faykus. Faculty teaching research core courses in the program include Mike Jordan, Susan Ruppel, Teresa Herzog, and Charlene Wages.
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