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General Questions and Policies

What is an online course?
NCTE online courses are 8-16 week facilitated, asynchronous 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.  Courses feature some of NCTE’s best resources on topics important to advancing literacy education across K-12 classrooms.  Courses are structured using a cohort model that ensures peer collaboration and includes opportunities to tailor the learing 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 assignments to pass.  As an online course, success depends on your thorough reading and viewing, your independence in understanding the readings, and integration of ideas, concepts, and strategies that are presented in the resources.  Participants will be asked to post assignments and reflections weekly.  It is expected that participants post on time in order to prepare for subsequent learning. 

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. 

How long does a course run?
Most NCTE online courses are scheduled for 8 or 16 weeks, depending on the topic.  Check the details for each individual course. 

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.

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 for $175.  Non-member cost is $225. 

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?
Note that the 2013 online courses are not yet available for purchase.  Check back for them to be available.  Once the online courses are available for purchase, 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:

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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