Breyer State University,
a leader in curriculum innovation, offers Degrees by Self-Design.
This program allows students to "design" their own degree
with an individualized curriculum. Degrees by Self-Design are available
at these levels, Bachelors, Masters and PhD. Degrees.
Our innovative Self-Design Degree Program allows you to elect your
own field and major area of study. Students are required to complete
several core courses. The remainder of the courses in their curriculum
are self-design by Learning Contract Methods. A Learning Contract
is a collaborative arrangement between student and faculty which
outlines the goals for learning, the methods of learning and the
means to evaluate that learning. Each self-designed course in the
student's curriculum is established by a learning contract. Breyer
State University faculty provides the student with a template structure
for constructing the learning contract.
student works with the faculty advisor to develop the contract.
Once approved, the student then moves through the learning contract
at his or her own pace. Communication occurs between the student
and the faculty advisor with the faculty advisor providing support,
guidance and mentorship. When the student and faculty advisor feel
confident that the goals of the learning contract have been met,
the student is awarded semester hours of college credits toward
their degree program. The learning contract allows the student and
faculty to "title" the course or courses for each module
||Students can select a "major" for their
degree program that they would not find in many traditional
||Students have control over what they will study, learn and
||The degree program has more meaning for the student as they
are instrumental in its design.
||Learning is non-traditional and becomes more self-guided and
||Students know what goals they are working toward.
||Students design their education, rather than instructors designing
||Students have a faculty advisor throughout their degree program
who provides guidance, support, mentorship, and motivation.
||Students have an opportunity to become knowledable and proficient
in an area of study that they find interesting and needed to
reach higher career and life goals.
||Students are motivated toward higher levels of self-actualization
as they take charge of their own learning and academic education.
||Upon enrollment, students are assigned an Academic
Degree Advisor. This advisor works with the student throughout
their entire degree program.
||All students are required to complete two core courses as
developed by the University before they begin their concentrated
||Students are permitted 15 weeks to complete each module in
the self-designed program. Students can elect to accelerate
and complete the module (s) in less time.
||Students in a Ph.D or Doctorate Self-Design Degree Program
are required to complete a Dissertation.
||Each module of study is equivalent to 2-3 more traditional
academic courses. Students, with their faculty advisor, agree
upon course titles for the modules.
||Students can negotiate with their faculty advisor to complete
their courses and have a grade assigned for each course, or
to complete the courses on a Pass/Fail basis.
||Each module within the degree program can be designed in a
way that provides the best learning experiences for the student.
Students work collaboratively with their faculty advisor, who
provides approval of the learning contract for each module.
*Note: self-design, individualized curriculums are an option for
degree programs where Breyer State University does not offer the
same degree/major via online degree programs.
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