Planning Your Studies

Due to the demands of the online program, you are not able to work full time if you are enrolled in the 5-term track. You may be able to work part time if you are enrolled in the 9-term track. For either track, it is not possible to work while completing clinical placements since field experience requires a commitment of three to five days per week.

The tables below represent a typical breakdown of how you can expect to dedicate your time to Speech@Emerson each semester.

The time spent in each semester indicates weekly time commitment. Coursework sections are estimates and may vary from student to student.

360

total clinical practicum hours

4

total in-person clinical practica (1 term each)

90

minimum hours accrued per clinical practicum

5-Term Track (20 months to complete)

Live Class Sessions

Coursework

Semester 1

  • Live Sessions: 7.5 hours per week
  • Coursework: 55–68 hours per week

+ Immersion

Semester 2

  • Live Sessions: 6 hours per week
  • Coursework: 40-48 hours per week

+ Placement

Semester 3

  • Live Sessions: 6 hours per week
  • Coursework: 40-48 hours per week

+ Placement

Semester 4

  • Live Sessions: 4.5 hours per week
  • Coursework: 30-36 hours per week

+ Placement

Semester 5

  • Live Sessions: 4.5 hours per week
  • Coursework: 30-36 hours per week

+ Placement
+ Immersion

9-Term Track (36 months to complete)

Live Class Sessions

Coursework

Semester 1

  • Live Sessions: 3 hours per week
  • Coursework: 25-32 hours per week

Semester 2

  • Live Sessions: 6 hours per week
  • Coursework: 40-48 hours per week

+ Immersion

Semester 3

  • Live Sessions: 4.5 hours per week
  • Coursework: 30-36 hours per week

+ Placement

Semester 4

  • Live Sessions: 3 hours per week
  • Coursework: 20–24 hours per week

Semester 5

  • Live Sessions: 3 hours per week
  • Coursework: 20-24 hours per week

Semester 6

  • Live Sessions: 3 hours per week
  • Coursework: 20-24 hours per week

+ Placement

Semester 7

  • Live Sessions: 3 hours per week
  • Coursework: 20-24 hours per week

Semester 8

  • Live Sessions: 1.5 hours per week
  • Coursework: 10-12 hours per week

+ Placement

Semester 9

  • Live Sessions: 1.5 hours per week
  • Coursework: 10-12 hours per week

+ Placement
+ Immersion

Time Commitment for In-Person Learning Experiences

As a student in the 5-term or 9-term track, you are required to be at your clinical placement three to five days per week for six to eight hours per day during the 15-week practicum.

You will also attend two weekend-long immersions (Thursday–Sunday) at Emerson’s Boston campus where you’ll have the opportunity to practice hands-on application of concepts learned in class under the supervision of faculty and staff.

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