We believe that classroom learning is enhanced by hands-on experience with college students and university programs. During your matriculation in our program, six hundred hours of work in the field is required. Students in our Institutes Program meet this requirement through their position at their home institution. Some of the students in our Cohort or Accelerated program may be employed full or part time by an institution in our vicinity.
For the remainder of the student in our cohort program we provide two opportunities to meet the contextualized learning requirement. The first and most common way to satisfy the requirement is through the Graduate Assistantship (GA) program. These assistantships are normally nine-month positions requiring 20 hours a week and are generally renewable for a second year. GAs are paid a small monthly stipend and receive a one-third reduction in program tuition while they are employed as a GA.
The second way to meet the requirement is through a practicum experience. This experience requires the student to complete four units of practicum (each unit lasting one semester). Each practicum is equivalent to 150 hours and the student works 10 hours a week. Practicum students do not receive a stipend, but will receive a one-third reduction in tuition. Practicums are ideal for students who do not receive an assistantship, have outside employment, or chose not to pursue an assistantship. The classroom learning is greatly enhanced by these hands-on experiences with college student or programs.
Both the assistantship and practicum programs occur in a variety of professional settings: campus ministry, career services, student activities and programming, residence life, assessment, learning support, teaching assistant, coaching, etc.
It is important to note that only accepted students are considered for GA or practicum positions. If astudent isapplying for either of these positions for FALL 2015 all admissions materials must be in and reviewed by February 2, 2015. Application for positions will be posted on February 2, 2015, and on-campus interviews/phone interviews will be conducted on February 26 and 27. If necessary we will also conduct a second round of interviews for students who are not accepted before the above deadline at the end of March.