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Online Courses FAQs

General Questions and Policies

What is an online course?
NCTE online courses are facilitated professional learning experiences delivered over the Internet, which means you can participate in NCTE online courses from your office, school, or at home at a time that is most convenient for you.

How long does a course run?
Most NCTE online courses are scheduled for six weeks, depending on the topic.  Check the details for each individual course. Start and Stop times are posted. Email if you need to inquire about future enrollment dates.

Do I need to buy any additional resources or materials to participate?
No, access to the On Demand Web seminars, classroom videos, in-depth readings, and guided activities are provided at no additional charge.

Are there assignments?
Courses contain a number of activities grounded in your own classroom. Many require peer to  peer collaborations with the other course participants. Nearly all activities includes some element of  choice and ownership--allowing you the opportunity to tailor the learning to your needs. 

How will I be graded?
Assessment of NCTE online courses is pass/fail and  will be determined by the course facilitator.  Participants must submit all assigned activities to pass.  Participants will be asked to post activities and reflections weekly.  It is expected that participants post on time in order to prepare for subsequent learning. 

Do I need to be online at certain times to participate?
Generally there will NOT be synchronous activities that you must be online at a certain time to participate in.  You will have 24/7 access to the course software and can complete the activities and assignments at your convenience prior to the assignment due date.  If any course facilitator plans a synchronous activity for participants, that information will be clearly stated in the course promotion materials and on the website. 

I am not a classroom teacher.  Would I still benefit from taking an online course?
All NCTE online courses offer differentiated professional learning experiences and provide choices that acknowledge the many roles and needs we each bring to our school.  Teachers, teacher leaders, literacy coaches, administrators, and staff development coordinators can all benefit from participation in NCTE’s online courses. You will be invited to examine multiple course resources and create materials specific to your daily work and role.

Can I earn continuing education credit with NCTE’s online courses?
All participants who pass an NCTE online course will receive an e-mail that documents the minimum clock hours earned for participation. Check with your school administrator to determine if participation in an NCTE online course will qualify towards your district's continuing education credit requirements.  Graduate continuing education credit is also available for an additional charge through the University of San Diego.  Learn more here.

Cancellation Policy
If you enroll but cannot participate in an online course, please contact NCTE Customer Service prior to the course start date at 1-877-369-6283 to have your registration fee held on account for a future event within one year of purchase.

Cancellation of an Online Course
NCTE strives to provide the highest level of quality, and we reserve the right to cancel or postpone an event when necessary. If you are registered for an event that is cancelled, the registration fee paid will be held on account for a future event.  

Refund Policy
NCTE does not refund online course registration fees for any reason including non-participation due to conflicts that arise with a registrant's schedule or technical difficulties that are not in the control of NCTE.  

NCTE Online Courses Terms of Use
You may not sell, distribute, stream over the Web, or otherwise use NCTE online course content or resources. Please direct other interested parties to enroll in the course of their choice.

Pricing and Purchasing Questions

What do NCTE Online Courses Cost?
NCTE Online Courses are available to NCTE members and nonmembers for $150. Contact NCTE for discounts available for School or District licensing options.

What is included with my online course purchase?
Registration in an online course includes all course resources provided in a secure website.  Each course is led by an NCTE facilitator with expertise on learning, teaching, and leading. 

How do I purchase a seat in an online course?
 You can purchase a seat in an online course in the NCTE Store in four easy steps: by clicking the “Add to Cart” button; by logging in/creating an account; by adding/confirming your address information; and then by entering your credit card information. You can add multiple courses or adjust the quantity before you complete the transaction. After clicking “charge my credit card,” you will receive a general order confirmation with an order number. Within three days of your registration you will receive more specific information on the online course(s) you purchased, including access information.

Can I pay by purchase order?
Payment by P.O. is accepted if a copy of the P.O. is received at least three business days in advance of the online course start date. Fax your P.O. to 217-328-9645 or contact the NCTE Customer Service Department at 1-877-369-6283 to process your P.O.

Technical Questions

What are the minimum technical requirements?
Online courses may be conducted using a range of software applications including Angel Learning, Blackboard Collaborate (a java-based program), and Drupal. 

  • Recommended web browsers:  Internet Explorer 7.0 or Firefox.  (Mac users: Note that Angel Learning is NOT compatible with Safari!)  
  • Software required for viewing multimedia resources:  Flash and Java
  • Speakers required to head multi-media content
  • PDF reader required for viewing articles
  • The Requirements for Blackboard Collaborate can be found on the Web site:

Can I participate if I live outside of the US?
Absolutely! For no additional cost, you can participate in an NCTE online course as long as you meet the minimum technical requirements.

How do I access the online course?
Access to NCTE online courses will be made available once your registration has been processed. Each participant must have Internet access.

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