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Students must complete 26 units of course work and 4 units of thesis, for a total of 30 units (normally 16 the first year and 14 the second year).

Full-time students are expected to spend four semesters and at least one summer in residence in Stockton as part of completing their program of studies.

Both tracks emphasize research and applied experience.

All students complete at least a 1-year research apprenticeship during the first year and an empirical thesis.

Specialized training in applied experience are available in many settings including homes, schools, care homes, and treatment centers, and include working with typically developing children, children diagnosed with developmental disabilities, and adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities or mental illnesses.

Previous graduates have been successful in obtaining employment commensurate with their training and in entering quality doctoral programs.