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Georgian Court University Launches Psy.D. in School Psychology Doctoral Program

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A new doctoral degree from Georgian Court University expands possibility for students, practicing school psychologists, and other professionals eager to meet the mental health and educational needs of students at every age level. GCU’s doctor of psychology (Psy.D.) degree in school psychology, which was approved this week by the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, will enroll graduate students beginning late this summer.

The new program enables students to earn a doctoral degree upon completion of their undergraduate degree while also enabling practicing school psychologists to expand their practice and move into more advanced settings such as hospitals, clinics, universities, and private practice. This expansion will enable GCU graduates to give back and service their respective communities by being able to reach more children and adolescents who are in need of mental health services.

“The faculty are thrilled to see their hard work and long-term vision for Georgian Court University’s psychology department come to fruition,” says Alfred F. Mancuso, Psy.D., a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP), associate professor, and chair of the GCU Department of Psychology and Counseling. “We couldn’t be more pleased to unveil this new program.”

Mission and Objectives

GCU’s overall strength as an institution and a need for more Psy.D. programs in New Jersey were among the factors considered by the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education. This new program has two tracks: a 112-credit, five-year program for students entering directly from their undergraduate program and a 47-credit, three-year program, which is an extension of GCU’s National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)-approved existing master’s degree and post-master’s certificate programs in school psychology. The doctoral program will provide graduates with:

  • the ability to serve children in schools, hospitals, clinics, and other advance practice settings by attending to their mental health and educational needs, while also emphasizing issues of diversity and social justice;
  • the importance of understanding and respecting the various contexts of a multicultural, pluralistic society in which children live and shape their lives; and,
  • a program that reflects the university’s mission and Mercy core values.

“I am beyond excited about this new opportunity for GCU students to take their education to the doctoral level. It opens up new pathways for our school psychologists and gives them a chance to make changes in their communities,” says Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D., university president.

For complete program details, contact the GCU Office of Admissions at 732-987-2700 or nqzvffvbaf@trbetvna.rqh.

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About Georgian Court University

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 2,100 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 15 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates also make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at BrookdaleGCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.

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