School of Communication Disorders and Deafness Mission Statement and Student Learning Outcomes


The mission of the School of Communication Disorders and Deafness is to provide undergraduate students with a strong academic and theoretical foundation in the area of speech-language-hearing sciences as well as opportunities to integrate and meaningfully apply this foundational learning. Because the entry level degree in the field of speech-language pathology is a master’s degree and in audiology it is a doctoral degree, the undergraduate program is designed to prepare these students with the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to successfully complete a graduate program in either of these professional areas.

The Bachelor of Arts program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences (SLHS #26201) in the School of Communication Disorders and Deafness has established student learning objectives that are aligned with this mission, the stated goals of the College of Education, those of the General Education program and of Kean University as a whole (see Attachment A). Our ultimate goal is to develop a student body reflective of the University's mission to serve socially, culturally and linguistically diverse traditional and non-traditional students.

BA Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Undergraduate students majoring in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences will demonstrate:

SLO1: a knowledge base, both theoretical and practical, in the normal processes that underlie expressive and receptive human communication and its development across the lifespan.

SLO2: an understanding of communicative disorders across the lifespan: their etiology,symptomatology, assessment and management models.

SLO3: the ability to discuss research and other professional issues (clinical, scientific, administrative and philosophical) relevant to speech-language pathology and audiology.

SLO4: an ability to translate content materials into appropriately tailored evaluation and treatment procedures.

SLO5: knowledge of and the ability to use technological tools and resources standard to the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology in laboratory and clinical settings.

SLO6: an awareness of individual differences (e.g., cultural and linguistic diversity) as it affects the development of human communication and the practice of speech-language pathology and audiology.


* KU Student Outcomes: 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 (Prof. pgms)


**General Education Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes – Knowledge: 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.


Student Learning Outcomes – Skills: 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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