James Madison University

Accreditation

Formal accreditation is not available to undergraduate psychology programs in the United States.  However, the faculty of the Department of Psychology are committed to a continuous process of self-examination to ensure that we are meeting established best-practices standards.  Collectively, the JMU Department of Psychology faculty are, quite literally, writing the books on how to effectively prepare undergraduate students in psychology.  Our faculty have contributed to the following books that describe best practices in undergraduate psychology education:

  • The Handbook of the Teaching of Psychology, 2005.
  • Best Practices for Teaching Introduction to Psychology, 2005.
  • Best Practices for Teaching Statistics and Research Methods in Behavioral Science, 2007.
  • Thriving!  A Manual for Students in the Helping Professions, 2008.
  • A Guide to Teaching Research Methods in Psychology, 2008.
  • Developing, Promoting, & Sustaining the Undergraduate Research Experience in Psychology, 2008.
  • Teaching Critical Thinking in Psychology: A Handbook of Best Practices, 2008. 
  • Best Practices for Beginnings and Endings in the Psychology Major, 2009. 
  • Undergraduate Education in Psychology: A Blueprint for the Future of the Discipline, 2009.
  • Best Practices for Teaching Beginnings and Endings in the Psychology Major, 2010.
  • Best Practices for Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning in Higher Education:  Connecting to Psychology and the Social Sciences, 2011.
  • Assessing Teaching and Learning in Psychology, 2013.
  • Preparing the New Professoriate:  Helping Graduate Students Become Competent Teachers, 2014.
  • A Handbook for Advisors and Students, Volume 1:  Models, Students, Topics, and Issues, 2014.
  • A Handbook for Advisors and Students, Volume 2:  A Guide to the Sub-Disciplines, 2014.
  • Oxford Handbook of Psychology Education, 2015.