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Requirements & Expectations

Time Commitments

Course work in this program will be demanding. Several of the courses in the program have a lab or field work component. To help you understand how much time per week you will likely need to devote to coursework, please refer to the chart below:

Credit Load Time spent in class each week (virtual or in-person) Time spent on homework each week Total time each week
1 credit 1 hour 2 hours 3 hours
5 credits 5 hours 10 hours 15 hours
10 credits 10 hours 20 hours 30 hours
15 credits 15 hours 30 hours 45 hours

For courses with labs, 1 credit = 2 hours in the lab per week.

For courses with field work, 1 credit = 3 hours in the field per week.


This program is roughly 75% online and 25% in-person. Classes meet afternoon/evenings (via Zoom) and one Friday a month (in-person). Attendance at all classes (virtually or in person) is mandatory.

For the 2024-2025 academic year, in-person days will be:

Fall 2024 Winter 2025 Spring 2025
September 27 January 3 April 4
November 1 February 7 May 9
December 6 March 14 June 13

Additionally, there will be a mandatory orientation for new students prior to the start of the program in September (TBD). There will also be a mandatory student teaching orientation prior to the start of student teaching in August (arranged).