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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 Education, and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education/Council or Accreditation of Educator Preparation (NCATE/CAEP).

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

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?
 Any student taking courses with La Salle University will have access to the La Salle library. Students should contact the La Salle/RTC Graduate Program Office (215-951-1955) for more information.

Q: How long does it take to get a grade report?
A: For The College of New Jersey students, an unofficial grade report is available on the RTC website approximately 2-3 weeks after the last day of class. The College of New Jersey official grade report will be mailed to you approximately six weeks from the last published course end date. Official transcripts must be requested through the PAWS site.

La Salle University students may view their grades in Br. LUWIS approximately 4 weeks after the last day of class by accessing mylasalle or request an official grade report.  The information needed to log on to the mylasalle portal will be mailed to you from La Salle after the start of your first class. 

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 off-campus courses?
A: You can register online at, or by contacting the RTC office directly at 800-433-4740.

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 satisfying, meaningful, and designed for immediate classroom implementation.

Off-Campus Courses

Q: What are the time requirements of the class?
A: Classes meet the posted schedule in the brochure or website plus time to complete assignments.

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. All instructors have at least seven years of classroom experience as well as a masters or doctorate degree.

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

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.

Online Courses

Q: What browser should I use?
A:  The most recent version of Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, Safari 6 or more recent, or Internet Explorer 9 or more recent. If you are having trouble viewing the course or components on one, it is suggested that you try a different browser before contacting the instructor or tech support.

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 in contact hours.

Q: How will I know where to go to take my online course?
A: Once the class has been confirmed, students will be emailed and mailed a confirmation letter with instructions for how to log into the class and any other pertinent information.  Please keep this information.

Q: How long is my online class?
A: The scheduled length of the class is eight weeks through La Salle University and 6 weeks through The College of New Jersey.  Once the online component of the course is complete students will have have one week to complete the 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, assignments, forum posts, etc.  A learning extension project will be due no later than one week after the published end date of the course.  This will be submitted to the instructor once the evaluation is completed.  

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. There is also a 24/7 support for technical questions.

Q: When can I start working on my online course?
A: You will have access to your online course on the first date listed on the website or brochure.

Q: Can I complete the entire class on my own time?
A: Within the parameters of the course structure students can work on the course anytime they choose. However, the course will open up one week at a time and there will be deadlines for activities throughout the week.

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.  Also, your online course can overlap dates with an off-campus 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.

Q: Will I have contact with other students in the course?
A: Yes, you will have contact in forum posts, etc. with others as well as with the instructor all through the course.

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. Most online courses have similar book requirements as well. Students will be given access to the online bookstore once the course is confirmed. 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 MBS ( 800-325-3252).  Workbooks will be available for download at no charge three business days before the class begins.  Please note, workbooks will only be available until your grade has been submitted. If you want to keep it, please save it to your computer before then. Some books are available through other vendors; however, be sure you are purchasing the correct edition of the book and that you have it in time for class.

Q: When can I purchase my books?
A:  It is recommended that you purchase your books as soon as your class has been confirmed.  RTC will email and mail you a confirmation letter with a direct link to purchase your books from MBS.

Revised August 15, 2017




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