Residency - Master of Arts in Counseling - Online
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2015-2016 Residency Dates
Fall 2015 Admits:
Sunday, August 9th – Friday, August 14th
Spring 2016 Admits:
Sunday, January 10th – Friday, January 15th
Online students in the Master's Program in Counseling participate in three stimulating and instructional residency requirements. Online students are required to attend and successfully complete three week-long residencies during the course of the program.
The online format of the Counseling program challenges students and faculty alike to find alternative ways to create the personal interaction and connectivity that often develops in the traditional face-to-face classroom course. Residency is where our class members meet and build relationships with one another, with faculty, and with staff that may last an eternity. In addition, residencies provide wonderful networking and mentoring opportunities for students with faculty and peers. These face to face interactions facilitate discussions with faculty concerning relevant issues, course matriculation, licensure issues, and state/national exams.
During residency, students will begin a course that will be completed during the remainder of the fall semester. In addition, first year students will receive an orientation to Regent University and participate in helpful sessions on graduate level writing and online learning technology. Some students consider bringing their families with them during the residency, but this is generally discouraged. Students' daily schedules during the residency are occupied with many activities that they are required to attend. The coursework is intensive and requires a considerable amount of study and preparation time, and students typically do not find the residency period conducive to being able to spend time with their families.
Students should consider the following residency costs: 1) transportation, 2) textbooks purchased prior to residency, and 3) hotel accommodations and some food costs. The School of Psychology & Counseling usually provides lunch and two breaks each day when courses are in session. Students must make their own travel, lodging and other meal arrangements, but the school assists with information on these.
The Counseling Program is committed to helping our students work through and with this groundbreaking master's degree program in which a community of scholars is created among faculty mentors and students. Regent University mirrors this effort by the utilization of intensive on-campus residencies and a variety of interaction discussion modes that extend beyond this course discourse. In view of this goal, the waiving of residency requirements will not be considered.