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University Partners

Our university partners challenge us to repeatedly produce graduate-level curriculum, they offer us competent opinion and guidance on educational trends and they introduce us to new resources for instruction and inspiration. Again focusing on quality over quantity, we value our partners for their professionalism, reputation and commitment to higher education of educators. All partners meet regional and national accreditation so TCL clients can feel comfortable knowing course credit will be accepted always and everywhere.

We could not continuously deliver superior offerings without them.

Adams State University

Founded in 1921 as a teachers' college, Adams State is a university offering undergraduate majors, minors and emphases.  ASU also offers master's degree programs and a doctoral program – most offered online. New academic programs are developed to address student and societal need. As dedicated professionals, our purpose is to provide students quality learning opportunities. ASU Extended Studies offers high-quality courses using the flexibility of distance delivery. Whether you are looking for a traditional setting or an online course, ASU can support you with your professional development needs wherever and whenever you choose. Extended Studies has partnered with recognized education leaders to deliver exceptional courses that are content-rich, standards-based, relevant, accessible and stimulating. University Accreditation Adams State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) http://www.ncahlc.org

Andrews University

Founded in 1874, Andrews University (AU) is a fully accredited, private university located in the southwest corner of Michigan, offering students more than 200 undergraduate and graduate degrees in business, education, technology, religion, arts and sciences, and architecture. With a student body, faculty and administration that hail from over 90 countries, U.S. News & World Report ranks Andrews as one of the most culturally diverse universities in the nation. Andrews University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Its teacher training and school services programs are further accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly NCATE), and by the Michigan Department of Education. Learners may have up to 12 credits graded by AU in a semester. The semester is determined by the date your grade is recorded by AU.

Central Michigan University

An innovator and leader in quality degree programs for adult learners, Central Michigan University’s Global Campus delivers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees as well as professional development courses tailored to the unique needs of working students. Programs are offered at over 50 locations across North America and online in compressed terms. To learn more, visit us at global.cmich.edu. Founded in 1892, Central Michigan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and is ranked as the 10th most productive small research university in the nation. More than 70,000 students have graduated from CMU’s Global Campus since 1971. CMU takes pride in offering recognized degree programs and exceptional services to its students, from start through graduation, and beyond. University Accreditation Central Michigan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) ncacihe.org National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) ncate.org

Dominican University

Dominican University, located just 10 miles west of downtown Chicago in River Forest, Illinois, is a relationship-centered community rooted in a vibrant liberal arts and sciences education. Across more than 50 undergraduate degrees, 20 graduate degrees and 2 PhD programs, Dominican offers rigorous curriculum in an intimate learning environment with classes that average just 16 students. U.S. News & World Report ranks Dominican in the Top 15 among regional master’s-level universities and the No. 1 school for the social mobility of its students in the Midwest. As a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) since 2011, Dominican is a leader in how to truly serve today’s diverse Latinx student populations, expanding scholarships, reducing equity gaps and creating new pathways to graduate school and careers.

Pacific Lutheran University

Based in the suburban Parkland neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington, on a 156-acre woodland campus, Pacific Lutheran University offers approximately 3,500 students a unique blend of academically rigorous liberal arts and professional programs. Founded in 1890 by Norwegian immigrants, PLU is a private university affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The university offers three pathways to academic distinction: global education and service to the world; robust student-faculty collaborative research and creative projects; and helping students discern meaning and purpose in their lives. The university consistently ranks among the top 15 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Universities in the West and was recently named 2nd in the West for Best Colleges for Veterans. It also ranks in the top four percent of Master’s Universities nationwide.