The School Psychology program at James Madison University began in 1968. Initially, the program offered the masters degree and in 1981 the Educational Specialist degree was instituted . The program is part of the Department of Graduate Psychology along with 6 other graduate programs in counseling, clinical, psychological sciences, and assessment and measurement . The department has a history of collaboration and collegiality with faculty contributing to multiple programs. The School Psychology program is fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Founded in 1908 in the center of Virginia’s famous Shenandoah Valley, JMU is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs at the bachelor, masters, educational specialist and doctoral levels. Student enrollment includes 16,500 undergraduates and 1100 graduate students. JMU’s mission statement reads: “We are a community committed to preparing students who lead productive and meaningful lives.” Harrisonburg is a community of 45,000, and the city schools are enriched by diversity with almost half the student body English Language Learners.