Students are enrolled in small groups (12-15 students per group) that remain together as a cohort (in core courses) for the duration of their program of study.
Normally, students are enrolled in two core courses (6 semester credits) and one research or elective credit (1 semester credit) their first semester. In subsequent semesters, students will enroll in 7 to 12 credits, including courses in practice, human behavior, policy, applied research, field instruction, and electives.
Methodology is based upon the assumption that the faculty and student are equally responsible for learning. Students are expected to be self-directed, goal-oriented, and interested in applied learning.
The key to applied learning is application; all students, therefore, are expected to integrate theory and academic content with knowledge from research projects and work/practicum experiences. Evaluation of progress is based not only on evidence of grasping content but also upon evidence of application of content in the workplace/practicum setting.