Distributed Learning Model
The Psy.D. program utilizes a distributed learning model to provide academic coursework in clinical psychology. The distributed learning model includes traditional classroom based courses along with online courses. Courses are offered in an organized, sequential manner, with each semester and year building upon prior learning experiences. In addition to courses, students engage in supervised clinical training experiences (see Psy.D. Practicum and Internship), as well as completing a Clinical Review and Dissertation.
In the first year of the program, students attend courses every other weekend during the term. In years two and three, students attend classes one weekend a month. In years one through three, all students attend bi-annual week-long Academic Meetings, held in Brattleboro, VT in the fall and in Cincinnati, OH in the spring.
The Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) Program Uses Three Delivery Models
The program uses three types of delivery models:
Classroom courses: These courses are face-to-face class meetings held on campus on weekends and during the six (6) required week-long Academic Meetings in Brattleboro and Cincinnati. In the first year, all courses except one are delivered in face-to-face classes, with over 400 hours of student-faculty classroom contact.
Hybrid or blended courses: These courses include face-to-face, on campus class meetings with an accompanying online component (see below).
Online courses: These courses can be accessed 24/7 and have structured units that are completed within time frames specified in the syllabus.
Online components include full-featured communication resources, allowing for both synchronous and asynchronous interaction between and among students and faculty. Online courses typically include all of the content and material included in equivalent face-to-face courses. These include all course requirements as defined in the syllabus, live interactions with faculty in real-time communication, audio and/or video recorded lectures/presentations, links to readings in the UI&U Library, exams, class discussions, etc.
Courses that are offered online are selectively chosen as ones in which the content can be comprehensively delivered in this manner at the doctoral level.