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Following an extensive accreditation process by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), RIC’s Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (C.A.G.S) in school psychology program has been approved, with distinction, for three years.
The program is part of the Counseling, Educational Leadership and School Psychology Department (CEP) within RIC’s Feinstein School of Education and Human Development (FSEHD).
“RIDE’s approval of our school psychology program, with distinction, is an honor of which we are most proud,’’ said FSEHD Dean Donald Halquist. “It recognizes the integrity of the curriculum and the program’s overall design, affirms the deep commitment of the faculty, honors the rich and significant clinically based learning opportunities our candidates experience throughout the program and demonstrates that our candidates are exceedingly well prepared for their work as school psychologists.’’
To achieve distinction, the program earned impressive results on five standards: professional knowledge; clinical partnerships and practice; candidate quality, recruitment and assessment; program impact; and program quality and improvement.
Elizabeth Gibbons Holtzman, associate professor and director of school psychology at RIC, said the program’s distinction status is only one example of strong and robust training programs within CEP, noting that RIC is the only institution in the state and one of three in the Northeast with a clinical mental health counseling program approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Last year, RIC achieved the full eight-year accreditation by CACREP, which evaluates counseling programs at the master’s and doctoral levels in the United States and around the globe.
“We appreciate the state’s acknowledgment of the school psychology program’s hard work in building a reflective, data-informed, continuous evaluation model to ensure our program’s efficacy and areas to continue improving,’’ Holtzman said. “Our graduates are passionate, dedicated leaders and change agents in the schools, providing quality academic, social, emotional and behavioral supports at the individual, family and system level.’’
Established in 1854, Rhode Island College serves approximately 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students through its five schools: the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, the School of Social Work, the School of Management and the School of Nursing. For more information, visit www.ric.edu.