Psychology Mission and SLOs

School of Psychology

Mission


The goals of the School of Psychology at Kean University are aligned with the university mission. The faculty in the School of Psychology provide high-quality instruction that encourages students from diverse backgrounds to excel. Our mission is consistent with the principles of the American Psychological Association to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.


The School of Psychology offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a dual-degree Bachelor of Science program in Psychology and Psychiatric Rehabilitation in conjunction with University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. In addition to supporting our academic major and minor, we serve students through courses that fulfill general education requirements, foundation requirements of other academic and professional programs. By selecting the Pre-Physical Therapy or Pre-Occupational Therapy option of our BA program, students may embark upon their preparation for advanced work in those fields while fulfilling all requirements for the BA in Psychology.


BA in Psychology Mission

The goals of the BA in Psychology program at Kean University are aligned with the university mission. The faculty in the School of Psychology provide high-quality instruction that encourages students from diverse backgrounds to excel. Our mission is consistent with the principles of the American Psychological Association to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives. Our goals include instructing students in classical and contemporary psychological theory, applications and methods. Our instruction seeks to support critical thinking among our students as well as integrate issues of diversity, ethics and technology into course material.


BA in Psychology Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

SLO 1: Apply appropriate psychological constructs in measurement, research design, and statistical analyses

SLO 2: Differentiate basic concepts and principles of the major theories of psychology

SLO 3: Critically evaluate classic and contemporary issues, advances, and research in psychology

SLO 4: Demonstrate knowledge of psychology as a profession including ethical guidelines, APA style of reporting, and the diversity of roles within the discipline

SLO 5: Demonstrate knowledge of the global, cross-sectional, interdisciplinary, and multicultural nature of psychology

SLO 6: Master current technological tools in the field including conducting literature reviews, designing web-based research projects, data collection, data analyses, and writing professional reports


BS in Psychology and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Mission

The goals of the Bachelor of Science Program in the School of Psychology at Kean University are aligned with the university mission. The program offers a dual degree in Psychology and Psychiatric Rehabilitation in conjunction with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. The faculty in the Bachelor of Science Program provide high-quality instruction that encourages students from diverse backgrounds to excel.

Our mission is also consistent with the principles of the American Psychological Association to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives. Our goals include instructing students in classical and contemporary psychological theory, applications and methods. Our instruction seeks to support critical thinking among our students as well as integrate issues of diversity, ethics and technology into course material. The inclusion of a Psychiatric Rehabilitation skill set provides our students with the knowledge and application of these principles. This dual major will provide students with several career options and enable them to qualify for employment inthe mental health field.


BS in Psychology and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

SLO 1: Apply appropriate psychological constructs in measurement, research design, and statistical analyses

SLO 2: Differentiate basic concepts and principles of the major theories of psychology and psychiatric rehabilitation

SLO 3: Critically evaluate classic and contemporary issues, advances, and research in psychology and psychiatric rehabilitation

SLO 4: Demonstrate knowledge of psychology as a profession including ethical guidelines, APA style of reporting, and the diversity of roles within the discipline

SLO 5: Demonstrate knowledge of the global, cross-sectional, interdisciplinary, and multicultural nature of psychology

SLO 6: Master current technological tools in the field including conducting literature reviews, designing web-based research projects, data collection, data analyses, and writing professional reports

SLO 7: Master rehabilitation and treatment practice skills to effectively compete for jobs in mental health field


Marriage and Family Therapy Professional Diploma Program Mission

The Marriage and Family Therapy Professional Diploma Program at Kean University has several goals that are aligned with the University Mission. The mission of the program is to provide students with advanced learning opportunities in family therapy in which they will apply systemic, multi-disciplinary collaborative care principles and research methods to advance the field through scholarship, research, and clinical experience. The vision of the program in family therapy is that graduates of the program will be prepared to meet the challenges of a competitive, diverse, complex, and evolving mental health care practice environment; that they will be competent and ethical clinicians; and that they will lead the way in standard of care practices and mental health care outcomes.


Marriage and Family Therapy Professional Diploma Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

SLO 1: Demonstrate advanced and comprehensive knowledge of systems concepts, theories and techniques that are foundational to the practice of marriage and family therapy

SLO 2: Understand the principles of human development, human sexuality, gender development, psychopathology, couple processes and family development and processes

SLO 3: Know which models, modalities, and/or techniques are most effective for presenting problems

SLO 4: Comprehend a variety of systemic therapeutic models and their application, including evidence-based and culturally sensitive approaches

SLO 5: Know legal and professional ethics and standards of practice that apply to the practice of marriage and family therapy

SLO 6: Know and use the extant MFT literature, research, and evidence-based practice to inform clinical practice


Master of Psychology

Option: Human Behavior and Organizational Psychology Mission

The Master of Psychology at Kean University has several goals that are aligned with the University Mission. This program concentrates in offering high quality instruction and collegial support in two advanced areas of psychology: human behavior and organizational psychology. The goal is to prepare students to become competent professionals in their chosen area and to integrate research, ethics and diversity in the application of the specific constructs of their field.


Master of Psychology

Option: Human Behavior and Organizational Psychology Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

SLO 1: Demonstrate advanced and comprehensive knowledge of psychological constructs

SLO 2: Discriminate among the methods of psychological research and apply the appropriate statistical techniques to these methods

SLO 3: Explain, interpret and support the application of psychological constructs by integrating program knowledge with methods and practices


Master of Psychology

Option: Psychological Services Mission

The Master of Psychology at Kean University has several goals that are aligned with the University Mission. This Master of Arts in Psychology is offered in two options that concentrate in offering high quality instruction and collegial support: Human behavior and organizational psychology and psychological services. Through research and coursework, independent theses and informal interactions, the psychology faculty offer students a superior graduate experience and strive to fulfill the mission of the college as well as addressing the goals outlined below.


Master of Psychology

Option: Psychological Services Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

SLO 1: Demonstrate advanced and comprehensive knowledge of psychological constructs.

SLO 2: Discriminate among the methods of psychological research and apply the appropriate statistical techniques to these methods.

SLO 3: Explain, interpret and support the application of psychological constructs by integrating program knowledge with methods and practices.

KU Student Outcomes (KU): Kean University graduates should be able to:

1. Think critically, creatively and globally;

2. Adapt to changing social, economic, and technological environments;

3. Serve as active and contributing members of their communities; and

4. Advance their knowledge in the traditional disciplines (GE) and enhance their skills in professional areas

**General Education Student Learning Outcomes

Knowledge (GE-K): Students will demonstrate proficiency in knowledge and content by:

(K1) applying the scientific method to comprehend natural concepts and processes;

(K2) evaluating major theories and concepts in social sciences;

(K3) relating historical references to literature; and

(K4) evaluating major theories and concepts in the fine arts.

 

Skills (GE-S): Students will demonstrate the skills necessary to:

(S1) write to communicate and clarify learning;

(S2) communicate effectively through speech;

(S3) solve problems using quantitative reasoning;

(S4) think critically about concepts in multiple disciplines; and

(S5) show information literacy


Values (GE-V): Students will demonstrate personal, social and ethical responsibility as a part of lifelong learning through:

(V1) personal responsibility;

(V2) ethical & social responsibility;

(V3) active in social & civic engagement;

(V4) respect for diverse culture; and

(V5) lifelong learning

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