In certain unusual circumstances which jeopardize a student's academic progress, a course may be offered on an independent basis. An independent class consists of course work done outside the classroom under faculty supervision. Weekly conferences will be held with the instructor. Distance education course work and conferences may be used if available and appropriate. Consequently, a course fee for private instruction will be charged in addition to tuition for the course. Generally, an independent class will be offered only if there are irreconcilable class schedule conflicts and alternatives like a class substitution and/ or waiver is not possible. The faculty advisor submits a request in behalf of the student to the instructor of the course and his or her department chair. A form for this purpose is available in the Office of Admissions and Records. The course fee is listed in the finance section of this Bulletin.
Distance education courses are available to a wide spectrum of university students. The Adult Degree Program office is available to provide assistance to students in these other programs. The university uses Desire2Learn (D2L) as the on-line course management system. All courses require the student to have access to the Internet and e-mail. Some courses have video lectures which are played on a computer. Other programs which currently use distance education courses are described below.
Summer Distance Education
Distance education courses offered by Southwestern Adventist University are available for traditional, on-campus, undergraduate students during the summer. The Summer Distance Education course schedule is available for students prior to the beginning of summer registration. Students interested in this option should contact the Adult Degree Program office for access to the course on D2L. Summer students must first obtain registration approval from the Registrar, his or her academic advisor and receive clearance from the Student Finance office. Adult Degree Program tuition rates apply to courses taken in this program.
For a number of years, the Adult Degree Program has offered the Teacher Education Program through distance education. Post-baccalaureate students interested in completing the requirements for teacher certification must apply for admission to the University and to the Teacher Education Program. See page 136 of this Bulletin for further information or contact the Department of Education by telephone at (817) 645-3921 extension 6256 or on-line at www.swau.edu academics/education.asp. A special distance education teacher certification program for teachers in the Seventh-day Adventist Southwestern Union Conference is also available. Teachers interested in this program should contact the Southwestern Union Department of Education. The e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (817) 295-0476.
For more information, please contact:
Adult Degree Program