Where can I
get a quick overview of TeacherLine courses?
our Overview page; it provides an overview of the courses and a listing of the
courses will be offered and when?
See our Course Offerings page for courses currently scheduled and open for enrollment. Planned course offerings for the year are noted on our Master Course Listing page.
We encourage you to sign-up
for our email service and we'll keep you posted on new course
offerings and TeacherLine updates as they happen.
the difference between a national PBS TeacherLine course and one being offered by TeacherLine Southeast?
a course is offered by TeacherLine Southeast, participants are usually restricted to SC, NC and GA educators only and local facilitators lead
the courses. In courses offered directly by PBS TeacherLine, course participants, and facilitators, may be from anywhere across the country (or world!). The course syllabus is the same though, whether you participate in a national course or local/regional one.
You can tell
whether a course if offered nationally by PBS TeacherLine or locally
by TeacherLine Southeast by clicking on the name of the course and
looking for the "Offered by" information in the
green box on the upper right side of the screen.
Do I need to attend any meetings or buy any textbooks or videos?
are taught entirely online via the PBS TeacherLine website. Theres
no need to buy anything or attend in-person meetings.
All reading material, videos, audio-clips, and inter-active resources are provided online, and all discussions take place online too.
we print the readings or do we have to read everything online?
will be able to print your reading assignments for off-line reading.
there a teacher or is this independent study?
Our highly qualified and
specially trained facilitators will
actively lead you through the course, setting due dates for coursework and
assisting you with course content and assignments.
my assignments graded?
your course facilitator will grade your assignments, give you constructive
and timely feedback on them, and post your grades.
much work is involved in taking TeacherLine courses? Do I need to log-on at any specific times?
courses run for six weeks and assignments are due weekly.
There are no required log-on times however you need to log-on at least three (3) times a week
to complete assignments and participate in the discussion boards.
You should plan on spending at least 3 - 12 hours
a week on your course work (depending on whether you take a 15hr, 30hr or 45hr course). Note that some learners may require extra hours. Failure to complete assignments
and/or participate in weekly discussion board topics will result
in a failing grade.
Please note that TeacherLine courses are graduate level courses. Course content and assignments are outlined in each course's syllabus, provided with each course listing, and we encourage you to review the syllabus for any course in which you are interested.
I take more than one course at a time?
can sign up for as many courses as you would like, but we do not
recommend taking more than 2 at a time if you have not previously
taken a TeacherLine course.
do I know if my computer will be compatible with the courses?
check your computer to see if it has all the necessary software
and settings for TeacherLine courses, go to the PBS
TeacherLine "Help" page and click on the Check
Your Computer link on the left side of the screen. This will
check your computer for all the necessary components and give you
a status report along with links for free downloads of any needed applications.
supports many versions of both Windows and Macintosh operating systems
and also a variety of web browsers.
can I contact for course assistance?
courses offer several sources for assistance:
content concerns, general TeacherLine questions, and limited
||Email and phone number as provided within your course environment
content concerns and often for technical help.
||Email and phone number as provided within your courses Discussion Board forum
concerns, course documentation concerns, and general TeacherLine
(M-F, 9-5:30 pm EST) or
kinds of assistance needed, especially technical
(M-F, 9-5:30pm EST) or
submit a 'help' ticket via the
a Help Ticket link on the PBS TeacherLine Support page
are your course policies?
visit our Policies page and also the PBS TeacherLine
Support page that has links for policies on several matters.
Can I see what
a course environment looks like before enrolling in a course?
you may access the PBS TeacherLine Free Orientation Course
at any time to get familiar with the TeacherLine course environment. You do not need to be enrolled in an actual course to take the free
orientation course, however you do need to create a PBS TeacherLine account with your name and a password via the PBS TeacherLine
Note: The "Free Orientation Course" is not really a course;
it's really more of just an open course
environment you can explore to get familiar with the format of real
TeacherLine courses. The 'course' also contains many helpful tips about learning online and getting the most out of your experience. If you are new to learning online, we highly recommend that you spend some time exploring this course.
am not a techie and can barely send an email, can I
still complete a TeacherLine course?
Yes! Our learners have a wide range of skills. If you need extra
help, just let your facilitator know and he/she will be happy to
give you extra assistance. Also, be sure to explore the 'Free Orientation Course' noted above prior to your course start date.
will I be able to access my course? How do I start my course?
will have access to your course two days before the official start
date. This will give you time to log in, explore the learning environment, take the pre-course survey,
and introduce yourself in the discussion area. We encourage you
to take this opportunity and get familiar with the course setup.
enter your course, go to the PBS
TeacherLine website and log in with your Email and Password.
This will prompt your course title to display; click the title to enter your course environment. You can also access your course by selecting the My Courses tab from the top menu bar and
clicking your course title link from there.
You may begin
your course work on the first day of the course; simply log in to
the PBS site as noted above and begin your first assignment. Your
facilitator will send you a welcome e-mail on or before the first
day of the course, however you do not need this e-mail to access
and begin your course. Be sure to begin your course within the first
What are educators
and past learners saying about the courses?
We get a lot of great feedback about our courses! Learners particularly like our discussion boards (even if they were nervous about participating in the beginning!), the real-world applications of assignments, and of course, the convenience of the courses. Read all about it on our Testimonials page!
How do you determine which courses to offer?
Our standards and research-based courses cover a variety of subject areas including language arts, math, science, STEM, general instructional strategies, social studies, and technology. Through collaborations with ISTE, NCTM, a National Advisory Board, and PBS member stations, PBS TeacherLine determines course topics and pedagogy.
If you are seeking a specific content area not currently addressed, we encourage you to consider our instructional strategies and technology courses as they have many applications and may perhaps offer some value to you.
I attend class in my pajamas?
for new TeacherLine course learners:
- Enroll in
just one or two courses at a time, especially if working full-time;
- Review your course syllabus at least one week before your course begins to ensure it is the right course for you;
the 'TECH101 Practice Learning
Online with PBS TeacherLine' free demo at least one
week prior to beginning your first course;
- Use the "Check Your Computer" tool on the PBS TeacherLine Web site to be sure your computer
has the right software and settings for working on a course;
- Add "firstname.lastname@example.org" and "email@example.com"
to your email contacts list to ensure you receive course notices;
- Know the course participation policies ahead of time;
to check your e-mail at least every two days while you are taking
a course and keep your TeacherLine profile updated;
in to your course at least three times a week (beginning, middle,
and end of the week);
thoughtful comments to your discussion board. Always ask yourself,
"How can I move this discussion and everyone's understanding
forward with my response?";
respectful of others, and be open to receiving constructive criticism
of your work from peers and your course facilitator;
your peers and course facilitator. If you know the answer to a
question, please provide it;
who to go to for help (see the table in the left column) and ask for help right away if needed.
Notify your facilitator if you will be absent
from your course for more than three days;
- Have fun
and enjoy meeting and working with new colleagues!