Frequently Asked Questions

Online Structured: Participants are required to log in weekly; however, there are no synchronized meeting times. Online structured courses are designed to cover at least 45 hours of content. The lessons are paced throughout an 8-week period to provide guidance through the learning process. Some courses may be offered at an accelerated pace or extend beyond 8 weeks (to accommodate holidays); however, the same course objectives and content requirements will be met.

Online Self-Paced: Participants will work at their own pace to complete self-paced courses within 12 weeks or less. Courses may be accessed as soon as log-in information and textbook (if applicable) are received. Online self-paced courses are designed to cover at least 45 hours of content.

Online Fast-Track: Hours vary by course and participants are able to work at their own pace throughout an 8-week time frame. Courses may be accessed as soon as log-in information is received.


How many credits does each course offer?

Participants completing graduate-credit courses earn 3 graduate credits from our academic partner. Credit is accepted by most school districts for step advancement and renewal of your teaching certificate, and may be applicable to advanced degree programs. TCL courses may also be taken as a noncredit option for up to 45 clock hours. Participants will receive a certificate from TCL upon course completion.*

* TCL courses are intended for use toward salary advancement, professional development requirements or inclusion in advanced degree programs. Participants should; however, always check with their academic advisor, district and/or state for approval prior to enrolling to determine how course credits or hours may be applied. In those areas where The Connecting Link is not listed as a provider, school districts appointed as approved providers may be able to document hours toward state requirements.

All online courses are delivered 100% online, offer flexibility with 24-hour access, and have a user-friendly interface. Courses feature activities such as online lectures, discussion board participation, and assignments: Online Structured: These online courses provide a learning experience within a highly interactive environment where participants learn from the teacher, the course materials, and one another. Direct interaction with the instructor and other participants in the course is expected. Participants are required to log in weekly; however, there are no synchronized meeting times. The lessons are paced throughout an 8-week to provide guidance through the learning process. Textbooks are included when applicable. Some courses may be offered at an accelerated pace or extend beyond 8 or 12 weeks (to accommodate holidays); however, the same course objectives and content requirements will be met. Online Self-Paced: These instructor facilitated online courses allow participants to work at their own pace throughout a 12-week time frame. Direct interaction with the instructor is expected. Participants will also benefit from access to peer collaboration and up-to-date resources and materials. Courses may be started as soon as log-in information and textbooks (if applicable) are received. Online Fast-Track: These instructor-facilitated online courses allow participants to work at their own pace throughout an 8-week time frame. You may start your course as soon as you receive your log-in information. Fast-Track courses may only be taken as a noncredit option for professional development clock hours; hours vary by course.* Textbooks are not required.
Online courses are accessible from inside North America (including Canada and Puerto Rico) as well as established military facilities throughout the world. If you are outside of these regions, please contact customer service at 888-550-5465 prior to enrolling. Participants should always check with their academic advisor, district and/or state for approval before enrolling to determine how graduate credits or professional development hours may be applied