Adult and Graduate Studies programs differ from a traditional program in the following respects:
The King Adult and Graduate programs are adult-oriented degree programs that are designed to eliminate the challenges facing adult learners. Students in these programs must be adult, nontraditional students.
Students who are not at least 25 years old or who are not working full-time may be encouraged to apply for admission as traditional undergraduates unless they can effectively demonstrate why a professional studies program would best fit their individual needs. Criteria that would be considered include the following: work experience, employment status, marital status, parenthood, military service, personal independence, or unique family circumstance.
Any exception to the requirement of adulthood must be approved by the Adult and Graduate Studies Admissions Committee. Decisions regarding admission reflect genuine concern for the applicant as well as the integrity of King.
Students are enrolled in only one or two courses at a time in their major. Students attend only one or two class sessions per week. Courses are typically completed in four to eight weeks. Each class session is four hours long; three hours for Master level classes. Master of Science in Nursing students attend class for eight hours one day per week for the entire semester.
Three factors make it possible for the program to function effectively at an accelerated pace:
- Students have a common goal;
- The cohesiveness and continuity of the cohort or team-based structure;
- The participative, pedagogical teaching methodology, which assumes the students are self-directed, goal oriented, and interested in applied learning.
Throughout the modular course work, students are required to integrate theory and academic content with knowledge from their work experiences. Evaluation of students’ progress is based not only on evidence of their grasp of content but also upon their reflections about the application of the content in their workplace.
The primary role of the instructor in the non-traditional Master and Bachelor programs is that of facilitator. The lecture approach is used only in a limited way. Students are expected to commit considerable time acquiring information from textbooks, web-enhanced activities, and work-related assignments. Class time is given over, largely, to the processing of information. The teacher functions as a facilitator in a learner-centered rather than a teacher-centered environment.