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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

Q: Who is the accrediting body?
A: In Pennsylvania, La Salle University is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and accredited by the Middle States Commission of Higher Education.

In New Jersey, The College of New Jersey is accredited by the Middle States Commission of Higher Educationand by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education/Council or Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

In Maryland, the La Salle University programs have been approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC).

Virtual Classroom

Q: What is the Virtual Classroom?
A:
Virtual Classroom is an online learning environment that allows for live interaction between the instructor and the students.

Q: What virtual platform will be used?
A: There will be real time collaboration using Zoom as the virtual platform.

Q: Is there a set time and day that I am required to be online?
A: The virtual classroom classes will be offered in the same timeline as face-to-face classes.  Although we will be meeting in a structured time format, there will activities away from the group meeting that will mirror our in-person courses as well as breaks during the day. Some of the activities are group collaboration, article and textbook reading, online activities, presentation planning, lesson design and classroom reflection, and jounaling.

Q: Are there any assignments due after the last published end date of the course?
A:
Yes, as with our face to face classes, a learning extension project is due no later than 2 weeks after the published end date of the class.

Online Courses

Q: What is the format of the online course?
A:  Our well-received online courses are in a 6-week instructional format and some are in an accelerated 4-week instructional format.

Q: How many hours will be required of me to complete an online course?
A: All of our online courses are comparable to our face-to-face classes.

Q: How will I know where to go to take my online course?
A: Once the class has been confirmed, you will receive a confirmation letter via email with log on instructions.

Q: How long is my online class?
A: The scheduled length of the class is 6 weeks or 4 weeks.  Once the course is complete you have one week to complete your learning extension project.

Q: Is there a learning extension project for online courses?  Or any other assignments, projects, etc.?
A: Yes, throughout the course there will be various means of assessment.  There may be readings, reflections, quizzes, posts, etc.  A learning extension project will be due no later than one week after the published end date of the course. 

Q: What if I have questions while I am taking my online course?
A: Your instructor is available to answer any questions you may have about the course content or assignments.

Q: Can I complete the entire class on my own time?
A: Each week a set of activities will open up for students to work on at their own pace while adhering to the due dates posted.

Q: Can I take more than one online course on the same dates?
A:  Yes, you can take more than one online course on the same dates.  Likewise, your online course can overlap dates with a face-to-face course.

Q: Do my online courses apply to the master's program at La Salle or TCNJ?
A: Yes, these courses are equivalent to the face-to-face version of the same course.

Other Information

Q: Do RTC students have access to the TCNJ library?
A: TCNJ offers access to visitors and the public, however, that access is restricted to on-site access. RTC students would be welcome to use the library catalogs and resources if they came on-campus and used one of the library's computers or if they showed ID from a school district and were issued a visitor card. However, because of licensing reasons TCNJ cannot allow non-matriculated students to use the online catalog or databases from sites off campus. Students who enter the Master of Education in Instruction through the partnership with RTC will have access both on-site and off-site since they will be matriculated students.

Q: Do RTC students have access to the La Salle library?
A:
Any student taking courses with La Salle University will have access to the La Salle library.

Q: Do the courses count towards Special Education Certification? Or any other certification?
A: You must check with your program advisor to determine eligibility.

Q: How long does it take to get a grade report?
A: TCNJ students - unofficial grade reports will be available on the RTC website approximately 2-3 weeks after the last day of class. TCNJ will mail you an official grade report approximately 6 weeks from the last day of class

     La Salle students - grades can be views through Br. LUWIS approximately 4 weeks after the last day of class by accessing mylasalle or requesting an official grade report.

Q: Do RTC courses count toward Act 48 in Pennsylvania or toward the 100-hour requirement in New Jersey?
A: Yes, RTC courses count toward both requirements in both states. A three credit RTC course will earn an equivalent of 90 hours towards Act 48 or 45 hours towards the 100-hour requirement.

Q: What degree do you get with the master's program?
A: With TCNJ, it is the Master of Education in Educational Leadership: Instruction. With La Salle University, it is the Master of Education.

Q: How can I register for online courses or face-to-face courses?
A: You can register online at thertc.net. If you need assistance please contact us via chat or info@thertc.net.

Q: Can I apply these courses to my own classroom?
A: Yes, each course is designed to have direct classroom application.  Every course focuses on skills, structures, processes and procedures and theory related to your classroom teaching.

Q: Is there a lot of work?
A: There is always effort required in learning at the graduate level. The work required is both satisfying and fun!

Face-to-Face Courses

Q: What are the time requirements of the class?
A: Classes meet at the posted times on the website and in the brochure. 

Q: How are these classes taught?
A: The classes are taught by experienced K-12 educators using “best practice” which means interaction, high involvement, projects, etc.

Q: Is there work required outside of class?
A: Each course ends with a very manageable learning extension project.  There are nine different project options for you to select from.

Q: Will I be given any breaks?  Will food/drinks be provided?
A: Students are responsible for their own meals, coffee and snacks. There are scheduled lunch breaks and morning and afternoon breaks.

Book/Materials Information

Q: Do I need to purchase or download my books?
A:  Yes, students are responsible for purchasing books and must bring all required course materials on the first day of class, in order to attend and receive a grade in the course.

Q: When can I purchase my books?
A:  It is recommended that you purchase your books once your class has been confirmed.  RTC will email and mail you a confirmation letter with a direct link to purchase your books from BNC Services. Please see the attached list of books for the courses, click here

Q: Where can I purchase my books/workbooks?
A:  You can purchase all books through BNC Services (https://bncvirtual.com/thertc or 800-325-3252).  Workbooks will be available for download three business days before the class begins.  Please note, workbooks will only be available until your grade has been submitted.


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