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Self–Paced Courses

Program Overview

Self–Paced courses are designed to allow you more flexibility to complete Seattle Central College credits while working from home or work. These courses enable you to earn credits towards an A.A. or A.A.S degree and you can enroll at any time (without having to wait for the beginning of a quarter). You have two quarters (180 days) to complete the course. Start times and specific quarters vary – contact eLearning for details.

There are no required on–campus meetings.

How Self–Paced Courses Work

Self–Paced courses are conducted online in Canvas. Students log into Canvas to view their study guide containing a syllabus, list of required texts and instructions on how to complete lessons. Assignments and exams are evaluated by an instructor. Communication is via Canvas or email. You can register any time and have up to 6 months to complete the course.

The Benefits of Self–Paced Courses

  • Self–Paced courses encompass a wide variety of requirements ranging from Master's degrees to certificate programs.
  • Students have up to 6 months to complete their course work.
  • These courses make it easier to earn a degree by offering options in both required courses and electives that are available at any time during the quarter.
  • Courses can fit into busy schedules, family responsibilities or work obligations.

Participation and Eligibility

Anyone 18 years or older may register for Self–Paced courses. However, this does not constitute admission to the college. Students who only wish to register and are not attempting to earn a degree or certificate are enrolled as non–matriculated students. This option allows students to self–advise. Students who elect to self–advise are responsible for keeping themselves informed of course prerequisites and requirement International Students attending Seattle Central College should consult with their counselor or advisor before enrolling in these courses.

Additional Resources

Self–Paced Course Handbook

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Self–Paced Course?

A Self–Paced Course is a method of instruction conducted online. Each student uses a study guide containing a course outline, a list of required texts and instructions on how to complete specific lessons. All courses are applicable toward an Associate of Arts degree.

Who can or should enroll in Self–Paced Courses?

Self–Paced Courses are designed for individuals who have difficulty fitting traditional on-campus classes into their daily schedules. Any high school graduate or individual 18 years or older can enroll. The most successful students in these types of courses are independent–learning and self–motivated.

How much do Self–Paced Courses cost?

Current information on tuition, fees and refunds is available here.

When can I register?

You can register online at any time through the Seattle Colleges District Website. However, actual start date and specific quarters are not always open. Contact eLearning for details.

If registration is ongoing, how do I complete my course during the quarter?

Upon payment of tuition and fees, you are enrolled for 2 quarters (180 days). You are given 6 months to complete your course(s), as stated in your Welcome Letter.

Can financial aid be applied to Self–Paced Courses?

No. You cannot use financial aid to pay for Self–Paced Courses.

What if I don't complete my course(s) within 6 months?

You may be granted one 90–day extension if you have completed up to the midterm examination or one–half of the course work.
There is a $50 extension fee.

How many lessons can I complete at a time?

You can complete up to 2 lessons per week (unless otherwise instructed). It is not recommended to go faster, as the goal is to master content as well as acquire credit.

What is my student status?

If you wish to enroll in any Distance Education or eLearning course without the intention of earning a degree or certificate, you are registered as a non–matriculating student.
As a non–matriculating student, you self–advise, which means that you are responsible for keeping yourself informed of course prerequisites and other requirements.

What do I do if I need to drop a course?

To drop a course and receive a refund, you must submit an Add/Drop form or drop online – click on ‘chedule Change’.

If I drop the course, do I get my money back?

Full details on refunds is available here.

How do I turn in my assignments?

You can submit lessons online.

How do I view my grades?

You may view your grades online.

How and where do I obtain my textbooks?

The cost of your text is not included in your tuition; books can be purchased at the Seattle Central Bookstore in–person, online or directly from the publisher.

What if I need help?

You can contact your instructor in Canvas, via e–mail, or contact the Distance Learning Office.

How do I take my exams?

A required amount of lessons must be submitted before you can take exams. Exams may be taken online. Exam submission varies depending on the course.

How am I graded?

Your instructor will grade all coursework and exams submitted.

Do courses operate the same during Summer Quarter?

Students enrolling for Summer Quarter need to be cognizant of possible delays in processing time, as instructors may take vacations and are unavailable during some of that time period.

How many Self–Paced Courses can I take at one time?

To ensure your success, we recommend that you take no more than two courses at a time. Students must officially apply for admission to the college after they have successfully completed 20 credits of Distance Learning courses.

This FAQ is for information only. Although every effort is made to ensure accuracy at the time of publication, it is not an irrevocable contract between the student and Seattle Central College. The Seattle College District VI reserves the right to make any changes in procedures without notice. In addition, the College District reserves the right to cancel courses or change fees at any time without notice.

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