An online course is an electronic transfer of skills and knowledge via the Internet. It can be self-paced or instructor-led. A traditional face-to-face course is in-person and generally lecture-based.
Our online courses take place in a virtual classroom environment through the Internet. The courses are built around a syllabus, completion schedule, assignments, and tests. Some online courses also use textbooks, CDs, and other instructional materials. The instructor uses e-mail and online discussion boards to answer questions and help students through the course. Taking an online course can be more challenging than a classroom course. It takes self-motivation, discipline, and strong study skills. Tthe benefits for many students of an online class out-weigh the challenges:
- access the course 24/7 from any computer via the Internettop
- no need to drive to campus to attend class - saving gas and time
- work at your own pace within a pre-set time period as guided by a completion schedule
- instructors/mentors are actively involved in your online learning experience
- affordable tuition
- easy registration
"Credit" courses are more academic in nature and typically structered to fit within a degree program. Whereas, non-credit courses typically offer Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). For more information about CEUs, see the FAQ below entitled "Continuing Education Credits / Continuing Professional Education".
Yes, in most cases. All of the classroom instruction takes place online. Some courses also include textbooks, CDs, and hands-on activities. Read the course descriptions, syllabus, and course requirements to determine exactly how a course is taught. For most courses, all that is required to access your online course is:
- Internet access
- An e-mail account
- A web browser such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox
- Suggest you review the system requirements for each course as not all are the same.
For instructor-led courses, there is an instructor that will address student questions via message boards, discussion boards or by e-mail. For courses that are self-paced, a content or subject expert will address questions via the same communication methods.
- Courses run 6 weeks (with a 10-day grace period at the end).
- New sessions start the third Wednesday of each month.
- Each course consists of a total of 12 lessons.
- A new lesson is released each Wednesday and Friday.
- Students have access to the online classroom 24/7.
- Each course is led by an expert instructor.
- Interactive discussion areas allow students to post questions and discuss assignments.
- Students who score 70 or better on the final exam receive a certificate of completion.
Enrolling in a tutorial is through internet within the selected tutorial. No additional processing is required. With self-study tutorals, you can quickly build industry skills, gain new knowledge, or earn continuing education credits.
Tutorials are self-paced and usually can be completed in a few hours. Students can start anytime.
These are blended learning programs designed to provide students with entry level skills for in-demand occupations. Career training is available for jobs in Allied Health, Business, Computer-Internet, Hospitality, Technology, Energy and Going Green, and Industry. Upon successful completion, most of our programs offer vouchers to complete your national or professional certification exam.
- All self-paced, open enrollment.
- Students have six to eighteen months to complete the course (dependent on course selection).
- Extensions are available for select programs.
- For some programs, textbooks and instructional materials are included.
- Software requirements are different for each program.
- Expert instructor assistance is provided.
- Students have access to the online classrom 24/7.
- Students who score 70 or better on the final exam receive a certificate of completion.
- Each student has an Admission Counselor and Student Advisor.
A Certificate of Completion is a non-academic credential and there are no state course or grade requirements necessary to earn a certificate of completion. A student successfully working toward his/her Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals is generally eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion. A student who successfully completes a career training program here will receive a certificate of completion showing that they’ve fulfilled all of the requirements of the program to certain standards. Many of our career training programs offer exam vouchers to cover the cost to sit for the certification exam.
Completing a program and earning a certificate may not be enough to guarantee getting a job. Some programs may also require you to earn a certification, which isn’t the same as a certificate of completion.
Certification programs are often affiliated with professional associations, trade organizations, or private vendors interested in raising industry standards. They are granted by authorities in the field, such as professional societies and universities, or by private certificate-granting agencies. Most certifications are time-limited; some expire after a period of time, while others can be renewed indefinitely as long as certain requirements are met. Renewal usually requires ongoing education to remain up-to-date on advancements in the field, evidenced by earning the specified number of continuing education credits (CECs), or continuing education units (CEUs), from approved professional development courses. Certificate programs are often created or endorsed by professional associations, but are typically completely independent from membership organizations. Certifications are very common in fields such as aviation, construction, technology, environment, and other industrial sectors, as well as healthcare, business, real estate, and finance.
- Course-specific requirements and prerequisites can be found within each course requirements.
- Online continuing education courses are open to the community.
- Students do not enroll with Admissions at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
No. All of our continuing education courses are non-credit, meaning non-academic. Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. Many of the career training programs offer exam vouchers to use for the
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi uses the Parchment delivery network. Online career training courses through Career & Professional Education are non-academic programs and cannot be delivered through a transcript delivery service at this time. We can email/mail a transcript to the student or an educational institution.
Online courses may us text, image, animation, streaming video, and audio formats. Actual formats used vary depending on the course and the instructor. Read course requirements to determine the software and technical requirements specific to the course.
Yes, we are a Continuing Education Provider for the State of Texas. We award "continuing education units" (CEU's) for our non-credit courses. Check with your local licensing board to see which courses qualify. To receive continuing education (CE) credits, please fill out our Continuing Education Request for Credit online form. It usually takes 3-4 weeks for processing.
For Texas Teachers, please visit us at http://www.ed2go.com/tamucc-tpd/.
What are Continuing Education Units (CEUs)? Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are a nationally recognized and uniform unit of measure for continuing education and training. It is the respected method of granting non-degree credit. One CEU is awarded for each 10 contact hours of instruction One instructional contact hour is typically equal to 0.1 CEU. CEU credits are not accepted to meet degree requirements. Related term: Continuing professional education (CPE) - continuing education to maintain knowledge and skills. View our Self-Paced Tutorials, Real Estate and PMI programs for CE credits.
What are Professional Development Units (PDU's)? The term Professional Development Units is very often used interchangeably with CEUs; however, the exchange rate of instructional contact hours to PDU varies by organization. View our Instructor-Led Courses for PDU credits.
Enrolling in a continuing education course is different than the steps to enroll in an academic course. Follow these steps:
Step 1. Select a course
Find a course by clicking on a topic of interest within our Career & Professional Education homepage under "Find Your Career Path". The next step depends on the course-type (self-paced tutorials, instructor-led "short" courses or career training programs).
Step 2. Submit your enrollment information
For self-paced tutorials and instructor-led short courses: Click on the Add to Cart button and follow the instructions to enroll and pay for your course. Here you will enter your e-mail address and choose a password that will grant you access to the online classroom. Important: You will not be able to change your first or last name once you complete the enrollment, so be sure to type your name exactly as you want it to appear on your certificate of completion.
For career training programs: select course and follow the information on the screen. If you have questions, use the available options: (1) select the "Contact Me" button, (2) Live Chat, or (3) call using the number on the screen.
For Career Online High School: select course and follow the information on the screen. If you have questions, contact Kari Greenfield at (216) 217-1200 or Danell Reilly at (361) 825-5751.