Posted on Oct 1, 2019
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I am currently three classes shy of my BA in Sociology through APUS and considering a jump to Capella University for my Masters degree in Forensic Psychology. Is anyone going through a Capella University Masters program that can give me some insight?
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LCDR Robert Turner
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I can’t vouch for the Psych programs but the MS IT program was rigorous and challenging in a good way. The drive to meet deliverable dates and the strength of the course materials made the experience worth the effort.

Best wishes no matter where you go.
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PVT Human Intelligence Collector
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This sounds very interesting, I am also studying sociology now and plan to continue my studies in the field of psychology. I read a bit at https://graduateway.com/essay-examples/sociology/ about how to better prepare and which topics should be studied more thoroughly than others. I learned a lot from the essay examples, if someone is going to study sociology/psychology, then look at this resource too.
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SPC Rebecca M.
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I did my MS in Counseling Psychology, start to finish, at Capella, and used my GI Bill to cover most of it. I graduated in 2007 but am currently considering a return to Capella for my doctorate.

I'm not sure what the current Courseroom situation is like. I can tell you that in my program, there were weekly required discussion questions, and you were required to thoughtfully (and with correct academic citations required, too) respond to the posted question. Then you were ALSO required each week to reply to another learner's (they use "learner" rather than "student" owing to the wide range of ages and professional experience, we were told) reply, also with a thoughtful, substantive reply with academic citations as needed. Can't get away with "I agree!" replies and be done. Nor could you hide in the back of the class. Participation is right there out in the open and you do get a grade on it. Each professor can choose how many replies a learner must respond to each week. One of my classes required us to do our own reply, plus reply to two other learner posts. That was a grueling class, but you get out of these things as much as you put into them.

I don't know if Sociology would require this, but in my program, we also had three week-long colloquia to attend. Each Colloquium focused on a different hands-on aspect of the profession - ethics, interviewing and counseling techniques, and administering/scoring tests and assessments. That's in addition to a practicum that you have to set up yourself and wrote the manual for based on a template provided by the school. Note though, that this was in 2007, in the now-absorbed into another school Harold Abel School of Psychology (HASOP), and J personally opted to do the non-practicum track. I was not and have not sought licensure (my field doesn't require it - vocational rehabilitation), so I was able to bypass the practicum and sub in three higher-level courses more relevant to my work.

At my last Colloquium, they were demonstrating the new online whiteboard teaching tool, which they said they were hoping to implement within the next year or so. I graduated about two months later, so I don't know where the IT standards for teaching are now.

(The Courseroom replies were obviously in addition to the usual papers, projects, etc. I also found their Disability Services department absolutely stellar and had no trouble at all receiving the needed accommodations for study.)

Hope that helps.
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