Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in Psychology
The Psychology Program offers a 40-credit undergraduate major leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree, as well as an 18-credit minor. The Program is open to both women and men through evening coursework, and traditional age Women's College students. The Psychology Graduate Program, open to both women and men, offers a Master's in Counseling Psychology with three specialization options, a Master's in Forensic Psychology and Counseling and a Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology.
The mission of the Psychology Program is to facilitate students' understanding of the science of psychology, as well as the values, knowledge, and skills required to pursue empowerment of self and others in a social justice context.
Students will acquire a broad understanding of the discipline of psychology, as well as a global awareness of issues affecting the development of psychological knowledge in other countries. At the same time, they will develop an appreciation of principles of ethical decision making, the importance of resilience, self-efficacy and self-advocacy as cornerstones of self-respect and self-determination, and the fundamental duty of social justice in working with underserved groups.
The Programs will prepare students to implement a range of empowerment strategies in their personal and interpersonal lives and work productively in their chosen fields.
Student learning outcomes for the Psychology Program include:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Students who complete the degree in psychology will have a broad range of skills applicable to many human services as well as business employment settings. The Program provides a rigorous education in fundamental content areas such as human development and personality theory, but also teaches students to think critically and communicate effectively. These are skills that are highly sought after by employers in corporations, hospitals, schools, counseling centers, and group homes. With a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the College of Saint Elizabeth, students are eligible for entry-level positions in the mental health field and have been hired in community agencies, hospital programs, and in group homes.
Students who complete the Program are also well prepared to pursue Master's and Doctoral degrees. Many of our graduates have earned these advanced degrees from institutions such as:
Many psychology majors choose to double major and/or minor in related disciplines such as education, sociology, gerontology, justice studies, biology, nutrition and business. Students are encouraged to discuss these options with their advisor because completing a second major and/or minor along with the major in psychology broadens students' career choices. The Minor in Psychology is also a very good option to combine with a major in another discipline such as sociology or business. The minor will also give students the option to apply to graduate programs in psychology.
Master's in Counseling Psychology
The Master's program in Counseling Psychology, building on a multidisciplinary core, has been designed to prepare working adults to meet the challenges involved in providing counseling services to individuals and/or groups, and to be effective facilitators of change and growth.
Students who complete the program are well prepared to pursue doctoral degrees or enter professional work settings. The 60-credit mental health specialization meets the educational requirements for licensure as a professional counselor in New Jersey. The 48-credit school counseling specialization meets the educational requirements for certification as a School Counselor in New Jersey. The 30-credit specialization prepares students to apply for doctoral training in Psychology.
Total: 16 credits
Students must choose one course from Area I and two courses each from Areas II and III.
I. Understanding the Biological and Cognitive Basis of Behavior
Total: 4 credits
II. Understanding Individual Differences
Total: 8 credits
III. Understanding the Social/Cultural Bases of Behavior
Total: 8 credits
Students must choose two courses from the following:
Total: 4 credits
Total Credits for Bachelor of Arts in Psychology: 40
Students fulfill the College of Saint Elizabeth capstone requirement by successfully passing a three-part comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination includes a standardized test of achievement in the field of psychology, a written essay and journal article critique, and a career portfolio. Preparation for the examination is offered in PSY490 Senior Research Seminar.
Total: 18 credits
The graduate psychology courses of study are coeducational. Applicants for Master's Programs must have a baccalaureate degree, with a minimum of nine credits in psychology including the following courses: General Psychology, Developmental Psychology (Child Development, Adolescent Development, Adult Development or a Life Span Development course), and Psychopathology (Abnormal Psychology). Applicants should note that undergraduate Statistics and Experimental Psychology are prerequisites for PSY631: Research Methods and Program Evaluation. The baccalaureate degree must be from an accredited undergraduate institution with a cumulative GPA of not less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students will be invited for an interview based on their academic achievement, letters of reference, personal statement and relevant experiences. The interview will include a case review.
Transfer of credit into the graduate programs will be subject to evaluation and approval by the Course of Study Coordinator. All graduate transfer credits must carry a minimum grade of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. A maximum of six transfer credits will be accepted for the Masters in Counseling Psychology 30-credit track and a maximum of nine credits for the 48-credit school counseling and 60-credit mental health tracks, and the Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology and Counseling. Faculty members regularly evaluate the progress of each student enrolled in the Master's Programs. This review addresses both the student's progress toward the completion of the academic degree and the student's development as a counseling practitioner. Students must continue to develop in both areas. Depending on the outcome of this evaluation, students may be required to take remedial action such as repeating course work, taking additional practica, taking a leave of absence, etc. In unusual instances, the student may be terminated from the programs as a result of the evaluation process. Rarely the behavior of a given student will suggest psychological impairment which, in the professional judgment of the faculty, would interfere with the person's ability to function in a counseling career or in counseling settings. In such a case, the programs reserve the right to ask students to take remedial actions such as: seeking counseling, taking a leave of absence, repeating course work, enrolling in further course work, or if necessary, withdrawing from the programs.
The 30-credit hour specialization in Counseling Psychology is the main track in the degree. It consists of 24 credit hours in a core curriculum, three credit hours from an elective course and three credit hours from the CSE Multidisciplinary Core. Additionally, any student who would like to take PSY671: Counseling Theories and Methods III: Practicum for additional training would be allowed to do so, but only as over and above the 30 required credit hours. A culminating project is required in lieu of a thesis.
Core Courses: 24 credits
Electives: 3 credits
Multidisciplinary Core: 3 credits
The specialty in School Counseling builds on the basic 30-credit hour curriculum by adding 18 additional credit hours. It is a 48-credit New Jersey Department of Education approved program consisting of 35 credit hours in counseling, four credit hours in the foundations and contextual dimensions of school counseling, three credit hours in supervised practicum and six credit hours in supervised field experience in a school setting. A culminating project is required in lieu of a thesis.
Core Courses in Counseling: 35 credits
Foundations and Contextual Dimensions of School Counseling: 4 credits
Practicum and Field Experience in a School Setting: 9 credits
The specialty in Mental Health Counseling builds on the basic 30-credit hour curriculum by adding 30 credit hours to meet the New Jersey educational requirements for licensure as a professional counselor. This 60-credit hour program consists of three credit hours in the multidisciplinary core, 39 credit hours in counseling courses, nine credit hours in electives in counseling and nine credit hours of supervised practicum and field experience. A culminating project is required in lieu of a thesis.
Core Courses in Counseling: 39 credits
Practicum and Field Experience: 9 credits
Elective Courses: 9 credits
The M.A. in Forensic Psychology and Counseling program is a 48-credit hour, cohort-based program offered over a 2-1⁄2 year time frame. A culminating project is required in lieu of a thesis.
Core Curriculum Courses shared with the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology: 24 credits
Core Curriculum Courses in Forensics Psychology: 21 credits
Core Curriculum Courses in Justice Studies: 3 credits
The Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology is a four-year, full-time, cohort-based program with courses being offered in the fall, spring and summer. The curriculum consists of 88 credits of which 15 credits are completed by students through required courses in their Master's Programs and transferred into the Psy.D. program. The required courses are: Human Growth and Personality Development, Psychological Assessment, Psychopathology, Research Methods and Advanced Statistics, Counseling Theories, and Group Counseling. Although a three-credit course in Group Counseling is a prerequisite to the program, it is not accepted as a transfer course. In addition to these 15 credits in Master's-level courses, the curriculum includes 73 credits in doctoral-level coursework and supervision.
Faculty members regularly evaluate the progress of each student enrolled in the doctoral program. This review addresses both the student's progress toward the completion of the academic degree and the student's development as a practitioner. Students must continue to develop in both areas. Depending on the outcome of this evaluation, students may be required to take remedial action such as repeating course work, taking a leave of absence, etc. In unusual instances, the student may be terminated from the program as a result of the evaluation process. Rarely the behavior of a given student will suggest psychological impairment which, in the professional judgment of the faculty, would interfere with the person's ability to function as a mental health professional. In such a case, the program reserves the right to ask students to take remedial actions such as: seeking counseling, taking a leave of absence, or if necessary, withdrawing from the program.
Applicants to the Psy.D. program in counseling psychology are required to:
Selected applicants are invited to interview with representatives of the Psy.D. faculty.
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