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Section 2.07.00: Credit Hour Policy

The School of Social Work definition of a credit hour formalizes compliance with federal expectations and assists with consistency through the School of Social Work. As such, the School of Social Work utilizes a ratio of one hour of classroom instruction to two hours of out-of-class activity. Specifically:

• One credit is equal to approximately 45 hours of total work over the semester.
• Three credits is equal to approximately 135 hours of total work over the semester.

Because of the critical nature of reflection, integration, understanding the use of self in practice, self-care, and praxis to social work education, it is expected that a portion of these total work hours will be devoted to activities that further these aims. These activities may include, but are not limited to:

• The practice of critical self-care and building resilience.
• Integration of the concepts and theories presented in class with direct practice
experiences such as those in their field courses.
• Engaging in activities that enhance self-reflection, self-awareness, and emotion
regulation.

The total amount of in classroom and out of classroom work may differ in cases where direct, in-person instruction is not the primary mode of instruction, such as hybrid or online courses, independent studies, etc.

Credits will be awarded based on expected learning outcomes and documented learning objectives linked to accreditation standards within a specified academic period.

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