Sometimes you just can't find the time to physically be in a class. That's no problem at Terra State! We have many online classes that you can complete from anywhere. We also have a few completely online degrees available. So no matter what your reason for wanting to take classes online, we are here to help you!
What do you offer online?
Terra State has two degrees that are offered completely online - Health Care Administration and a transfer pathway in Mortuary Science, along with many online classes that count towards an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science general degree. Many other degrees and certificates we offer also have courses that can be taken online.
Here are just a few of our popular online course options:
- General Psychology
- Fundamentals of Sociology
- Medical Terminology
- Survey of Physics
- Critical Thinking
- History of Rock and Roll
- College Composition I
- College Composition II
Canvas - Our Learning Management System
Our faculty utilizes Canvas for both in-person and online courses at Terra State. If you have any questions about Canvas, please reach out to your instructor or Melinda Yeardon, our Distance Learning Instructional Technologist.
How are online courses structured?
This is decided by the instructor and will vary from course to course. Most have structured schedules for assignments (due dates) but all give you the flexibility to go through the content on our own schedule - maybe you are a night owl or need to complete your coursework while the kids are at school. You can do that, just make sure you are aware of the opening and closing dates for assignments.
An online education is not for everyone. Students wishing to pursue distance learning must be dedicated and motivated to succeed. Our most successful students are active learners in their courses and are prepared to put in the time it takes to ultimately earn their degree. This means having those important soft skills such as time management and organization. While the time investment in each course varies, a rule of thumb dictates that students should expect to spend 1 to 2 hours per credit hour per week. This means that in a 3 credit hour online course, the student should expect to work 3-6 hours per week.
Do I have to come to campus?
You are NOT required to come to campus if you are seeking a fully online degree or just wish to take online courses. Academic and Career Advising offers phone appointments for initial advising.
You have access to ALL services that an on-campus student has including tutoring and library services. You may find you need to take a proctored exam at some point. If this occurs, contact the Academic Service Center.
Check these answers to our Online Education FAQs