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Frequently Asked Questions

Tuition and Books

What is the tuition amount for online programs?

The tuition for online programs is $510 per credit hour. No on-campus fees are included and tuition is the same for resident and non resident students.

Tuition is subject to change. See the Office of the Registrar for complete information.

Are graduate assistantships available?

Graduate assistantships, tuition waivers are not available for online programs. Local teachers wishing to use tuition waivers are unable to apply to an online Master of Education program as our online programs are self-supporting and do not accept tuition waivers.  We recommend applying to an on-campus Master of Education. Please review the on-campus application deadlines as they differ from the online program deadlines. 

Will I need textbooks? And, how do I get them?

You may need textbooks for a particular course. Your course instructor will let you know prior to the start of the course. If you need books, you may find them at your local library, but will likely need to purchase them from online distributors such as Amazon or the Illini Union Bookstore.

Classes and Class Structure

What is the typical length of an online course?

Online courses are typically 8 weeks in length during the fall and spring semesters, and 6 weeks in length during the summer semester. 

This course length allows students the opportunity to take courses during the first half of the academic semester and/or during the second half of the academic semester.

For more information on academic semesters and course length please visit the academic calendar page on the Office of the Registrar website.

What is a typical schedule for an online class?

Students typically have a couple forum posts due each week where they post a response to a question or assignment and then later respond to other students’ posts.  However, this can differ from course to course.  The syllabus outlines the requirements for the course. 

Are online and on-campus students ever in the same course?

Online courses are primarily designed for online students, but the College does reserve limited spots for on-campus students to attend online courses.  Additionally there may be "hybrid courses" where on-campus students are attending the on-campus section while online students are attending online.

Do any of the online/ off-campus programs lead to initial teacher licensure?

No. The only way to receive initial teacher licensure is to complete an on campus Master's Plus Teacher Licensure program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.   

Do I have to attend synchronous sessions? Are there asynchronous sessions, too?

Synchronous sessions are mandatory, just as if you had to attend a face-to-face class with a professor on campus. If you cannot attend a session you will need to speak with the course instructor. All courses are archived for viewing at a later time as needed.

All online courses also have asynchronous sessions for forum posting and group projects. Refer to the course syllabus for more information.

Do non-degree courses count towards a master's degree with the College?

Graduate students may request a transfer of credit from one graduate degree or non-degree program at this University to another master's level graduate program at this University as long as:

  • it was not applied toward another conferred degree
  • 12 credits or less are being requested for transfer (this is a College of Education requirement)
  • it would not be more than the time allowed to complete the degree at the time of degree conferral (within 5 years for a master’s degree)

The Graduate College requires that department(s) involved approve the transfer of coursework from one program to the other.  To request a transfer of credit from one program (degree or non-degree) to another within the Graduate College, a student should submit a Transfer of Credit request clearly specifying the above requirements have been met. Please use the online Graduate Student Request Form to submit a "Transfer of Credit" request. 

Please note that you can only complete this request after completing 8 hours in your current program.  

For more information regarding transfer of credit, please refer to the Graduate College. 

Do we ever meet in person for online courses?

There may be opportunities for online master's students and faculty to meet in person, but it is not required. Online students are certainly encouraged to travel to campus for Graduation! Off-campus students will meet in person.

How are online courses graded?

Online courses are graded just like on campus classroom courses.

Is there ever any collaboration of work between online/off-campus education students and on-campus students?

Yes. In courses where there are a mix of students from online to on-campus, collaboration is often encouraged and may be mandatory depending on the nature of the project.

What time of day are online courses offered?

Most online courses are offered after 4 p.m. CST in order to accommodate full-time working students.

How long are online courses

Online courses are typically 8 weeks in length during the fall and spring semesters, and 6 weeks in length during the summer semester. 

This course length allows students the opportunity to take courses during the first half of the academic semester and/or during the second half of the academic semester.

For more information on academic semesters and course length please visit the semester calendars page on the Office of the Registrar website. 
View Academic Calendar by Semester

Online Orientation


Some College of Education classes may use the Canvas Learning Management System.  If your class uses this system, you will receive an email from your instructor describing how to log in and where to access your materials.  You can read the Canvas Documentation for more information on how to use the system. For Canvas support, please see this Canvas Support Page

Get to know Scholar

Students registering for some online courses may participate in Scholar. Scholar is a new online knowledge tool that introduces a new way to think, read, write & learn in the digital age. 

  1. Create a Scholar Learning Module Account
  2. View the Scholar Tutorials
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Check out Learn@Illinois

Visit Applied Technologies for Learning in the Arts & Sciences (ATLAS). ATLAS, promotes innovation and excellence in teaching and learning with technology.

Click on the "Student" button. Here you will find a number of student resources including information on: updating your profile, managing email, customizing your homepage, and more.

You can access help along the way by:

  • Completing this form Learn@Illinois, or
  • Contacting Technology Services at (217) 244-7005 during synchronous class hours and during regular business hours of 8:00 am - 7:30 pm CST, Monday-Friday, or
  • Emailing them at:, or
  • Chatting with them by clicking the "chat" box at the bottom of this webpage.
Claim Your Zoom Account

Zoom is a video conferencing platform that allows for virtual meetings between individuals or groups.  All students, faculty, and staff members in the College of Education have Zoom Pro accounts available through their NetID Login.  To claim and configure your Zoom Pro Account visit and click the “Sign In” button.  Then get the Zoom Client for Meetings app in the Download Center.

For more information on how to use the Zoom software you can visit the Zoom Documentation website or the Student Tech Orientation page.  When you use the Zoom app on your computer be sure you “Login with SSO” to connect your University of Illinois account. 

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How to login into Moodle

Editing Your Profile

How to Participate in a Discussion Forum

How to Submit an Assignment

How to View Your Grades

How to Access Your Online Class from Moodle

Help and Support

How do I register for a course?

Use the following registration links:

How do I verify my enrollment?

Students needing to verify their enrollment should consult with the Graduate College Handbook.  

What benefits do I receive while enrolled at the University of Illinois?

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers a wide array of resources to compliment and support your academic and professional goals. We believe in providing our students with the tools for success. The Graduate College has an extensive list of resources available to students.  

As an online student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, you will benefit from the above resources and more. Did you know that the University of Illinois has one of the finest libraries in the United States? The Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL) provides helpful online services for educators and access to multiple online text publications and articles. As graduate students you are encouraged to ask librarians for any assistance you require.

What is considered full-time vs part-time status in online programs?

Graduate students may be required to maintain “full-time enrollment,” and what constitutes full-time enrollment can vary. For example, departmental requirements, eligibility for student loans or other financial aid, fellowships, certain types of non-University insurance policies, or tax requirements may use different definitions of full-time enrollment. Students are responsible for understanding what requirements apply to them and should refer to the Graduate Student Handbook. Most of our online students take 2 courses each term and complete their degree program in 18 months to 2 years.

What kind of online support will be available?

A variety of support will be available for all students. Below are some helpful links.

What sort of support is available to Veterans & Active Duty Personnel?

Veteran Student Support Services (VSSS), a unit within the Office of the Dean of Students, recognizes the selfless service and sacrifices made by members of our armed forces and the unique challenges associated with transitioning into a university setting. To support this transition, we are committed to providing Veterans, active duty personnel, National Guard and Reserve members and qualified dependents with the services necessary to pursue their academic and personal interests, explore different learning experiences, and integrate into the campus community.

Can I participate in the on-campus graduation ceremonies?

Yes! The College of Education and the university commencement ceremonies are held annually in May.

Program Requirements

Are admissions requirements for online and off-campus applicants the same as for on-campus applicants?

Yes. Learn more about applying.

Are the credits that I earned in my online course the same as the credits earned in an on-campus course?

Yes. Credits earned in any format (online, on-campus, off-campus) are all equal.

Are the online/ off-campus programs accredited?

Yes. The University of Illinois is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. For more information, please view the University's Accreditation.

Are there any proctored exams as part of the online programs?

No. Coursework is largely project-based, requiring significant interaction between student and faculty.

Can I complete my degree 100% online as an international student?

Yes. If you are enrolled in one of our fully online programs, then all of your courses will be completed fully online from anywhere in the world.  However, because of our synchronous courses you may find that the time difference does not work well for you.

Do I have to have work experience to qualify for an online degree program?

Work experience and related undergraduate education are considered as part of the application process. To learn more about application requirements.

Do I have to submit a GRE score?

The GRE is only required for doctoral applicants in Curriculum & Instruction and all applicants in Educational Psychology.  Other programs do not require the GRE, though applicants may submit their score if they wish.  

There is not a minimum GRE required. 

Do you accept other courses at the University, or from other institutions for credit transfer?

EdM Students Only
The College of Education follows the Graduate College's rules on Transfer of Credit with the following additional stipulations:

  • Transfer of credit requests will not be considered until the student has completed 8 hours of coursework in their current program
  • The amount of hours transferred is limited to 12 credit hours

EdD Students Only
We do not accept transfer credit from other institutions into the EDD degree program.  See the Graduate College handbook for more details. Credit from outside the Graduate College may not be transferred to count toward Stage II or Stage III of a doctoral program (see chapter 6.A).


How much time should I expect to spend on one course every week?

The time you spend on a class can vary. No two instructors will format their classes exactly the same. But plan to set aside time to read, reflect, and write--and be ready to be an active participant in discussions.

How will I be evaluated?

Annual evaluations are required for all degree-seeking graduate students and will occur every spring semester.

The student will complete an electronic self-evaluation detailing academic progress. The advisor (or department designee) will assess the progress report and provide online feedback to the student. An additional authorized faculty member may also be asked to review the progress report. The evaluation is kept in the student’s permanent file. Failure to complete the academic self-evaluation by the deadline will result in a hold being placed on the student's account.

When a decision is made that a student is not making satisfactory progress, the student, the advisor, and the Director of Graduate Studies will be informed in writing by the department.

What are the participation and attendance requirements for online courses?

Online courses include a variety of in-class activities, discussions, and projects, which are factored into final grades. Students are expected to attend both the live lecture (synchronous session) and the forum (asynchronous) sessions. Each individual instructor maintains course expectations, and students should consult them with any questions.

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