Modes of Educational Delivery

The Professional School of Psychology has a tradition of innovation that is reflected in the four modes used to deliver instruction. Any one of these venues is engaged for course instruction depending on the nature of the program being delivered, the specific interests of the students enrolled in the program and the number of students who need a specific psychology course.

Residential Model

A traditional, although intense, instructional model where faculty meet with students at scheduled time using the guideline ratio of 2 hours of student preparation for every hour with the faculty, or 64 student hours to 32 faculty contact hours (96 total hours). While not always the case, Residential cohort groups usually meet in one of the classrooms at the Professional School of Psychology.  

The assumption of this model is that students benefit from faculty contact and interaction with other students in their cohort group to achieve learning objectives in the least amount of time. Courses are usually scheduled over two weekends, with at least a month between weekends.

Cohort Group Model

Educational programs at PSP based on the unique Cohort Group Model are built around a group of 3-8 students. All or most of the students in a specific cohort group take the same psychology courses and build their own distinctive and highly supportive learning community. In most cases, a single faculty member or several faculty members teach a substantial portion of the program and are available for individual consultation with each student, thus providing further continuity.

Senior Tutorial Model

The tutorial model requires more student preparation outside of class so that time with faculty and classmates is intense and focused. Students spend 6 hours preparing for every hour with faculty, or 96 student hours for 16 faculty contact hours (112 total hours). This model allows students more time absorbing material, and greater flexibility of when to schedule those hours, but increases the overall time commitment. A much fuller description of the Senior Tutorial Model -- a truly unique mode of educational delivery -- is available on this website. While the tutorial model is usually based on work with an individual student, PSP does offer some tutorial-based programs that are built around a cohort group. Furthermore, some students blend their tutorial-based courses with some courses that are offered in a traditional residential format.

Independent Study Model

Independent Study is used when students miss a psychology course, or are interested in taking a highly individualized course. Faculty members usually work one-on-one with students and students are required to work independently. For this reason, the Independent Study model requires the most total hours (128 hours) for a student to complete four units.