- 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.