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Frequently Asked Questions General Information

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).

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 the course, in order to attend and receive a grade in the course.

Q: Where can I find a list of books needed?
Please see the attached list of books for the courses, click here

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

Q: Where can I purchase my books/workbooks?
A:  You can purchase all books through BNC Services ( or 800-325-3252). For virtual and face to face courses, course workbooks and syllabi must be printed and/or downloaded from the student RTC account on the RTC website three business days before the course starts. For online courses, syllabi and any workbooks are available within the online course. Please note, workbooks will only be available until your grade has been submitted.

Virtual Classroom Courses

Q: What is the Virtual Classroom?
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 courses will be offered in the same timeline as face-to-face courses.  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 in-class meeting?
Yes, as with our face to face courses, a Learning Extension Project (LEP) is due no later than 2 weeks after the last in-class meeting. The LEP submission deadline marks the conclusion of the course.

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 a 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 course has been confirmed, you will receive a confirmation letter via email with log on instructions.

Q: How long is my online course?
A: The scheduled length of the course is 6 weeks or 4 weeks. A Learning Extension Project (LEP) is due no later than one week after the last published date. The LEP submission deadline marks the conclusion of the course.

Q: Are there any other assignments, projects, etc.?
A: Yes, throughout the course there will be various means of assessment including the Learning Extension Project.  There may be readings, reflections, quizzes, posts, etc. 

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 course 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?
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 the course. TCNJ will mail you an official grade report approximately 6 weeks from the last day of the course.    La Salle students - grades can be views through Br. LUWIS approximately 4 weeks after the last day of the course 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, virtual classroom or face-to-face courses?
A: You can register online at If you need assistance please contact us via chat or

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 enriching!

Face-to-Face Courses

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

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

Q: Is there work required outside of course?
A: Each course ends with a very manageable learning extension project, (LEP).  Working with the instructor, students are required to produce a LEP in the form of a research-based action plan/course porject. Projects are due no later than two weeks after the last in-class meeting. The LEP submission deadline marks the conclusion of the 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.


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