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Multicultural and/or Bilingual Programs

New Mexico State University
Specialist Level

Students enrolled in the Program for School Psychology at New Mexico State University are trained as school psychologists to work with teachers and other school professionals as well as parents and families to promote the mental health and academic development of all children and adolescents. The program is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), the only accredited program in the state of New Mexico; additionally, it is the only accredited school psychology program in the country housed in a minority-serving institution of higher education. Throughout the curriculum, the importance of knowledge and experience with a wide range of individual differences including, but not limited to ethnicity, gender, disability, age, culture, sexual orientation, religion, race, and life-style are emphasized.


Program Specifics

The school psychology program is committed to increasing its number of graduate students from what have traditionally been viewed as minority backgrounds. As part of the curriculum at NMSU, multicultural content is infused throughout the curriculum to enhance learning and competency in diversity issues.

  • Degree Awarded:  EdS degree in School Psychology
  • Total number of credits: 60 semester/hours
  • NASP-Approved: Yes
  • Bilingual Specialization: Yes

Student Demographics

More than 50% of students come from traditionally underrepresented groups.

Comprehensive Program

The School Psychology program at NMSU is considered to have comprehensive model of training and financial support. Comprehensive programs are those that include student minority representation, multicultural curricular emphasis, faculty members involved in minority research and outreach, recruitment and financial retention strategies in the form of research and training grants.

Specialized Training Experiences

  • Grants: Currently, NMSU has a federal training grant specific to recruiting and training bilingual (primarily Spanish/English) students in becoming competent practitioners in the area of bilingual assessment.
  • Immersions: N/A

Retention & Recruitment:

NMSU is considered a Hispanic-serving institution; hence the program has not had to put out specific literature for recruiting CLD graduate students.

Field Placements

Students are provided with placements in schools serving a high number of CLD students and assigned to supervisors that have had training or experience working with diverse populations.


Faculty profiles can be viewed at http://education.nmsu.edu/cep/faculty.html

Core faculty whose focus of interest and research is related to multicultural/ diverse populations includes:

Elsa Arroyos-Jurado, PhD, NCSP

Enedina Garcia Vázquez, PhD