It’s recommended, but it’s not absolutely necessary. Please contact the instructor if you plan on missing a class.
You should plan for 20 to 25 hours of required preparation per week, in addition to class meetings
We schedule classes in the evening to accommodate working students--usually Monday and Wednesday nights. There are some all-day Saturday meetings also, about once a month. The OD Program is designed for people in mid-career rather than students with no work experience. It is an intensive and demanding graduate program, requiring significant preparation outside of class, including student team meetings and supervised client engagements with real organizations; these most often meet during the day. Working less than full time and having schedule flexibility is ideal.
The structure of class meetings has evolved and will continue to change to make the best use of student and faculty meeting time. The current pattern is as follows:
- The first and second semesters require class meetings two nights per week on Monday and Wednesday, plus one Saturday (all day) per month, plus one Sunday (all day) per semester.
- The third and fourth semesters require class meetings two nights per week on Monday and Wednesday, plus one Saturday (all day) per month.
Upon registration, all students will be given a Sonoma State email account and login for our online course platform, Canvas. All students must check this email address at least weekly and access the online platform to access reading assignments and presentations prior to each class. Assignments, presentations, and all other course communication will be through Canvas. Computers are available in the Schultz Information Center (Library) for student use.
Attendance for the whole class session is mandatory. One absence during the semester is permitted without makeup. If an additional absence occurs, we permit the participant to make up this absence in the semester immediately following the course without any added expense. The certificate will be conferred after the make-up class has been completed.