courses will be offered and when?
See our Facilitated Courses page for courses currently scheduled and open for enrollment. Courses are typically posted 2-3 months before their start date.
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.
Do I need to attend any meetings or buy any textbooks?
are delivered entirely online; theres
no need to buy anything or attend in-person meetings.
there a teacher or is this independent study?
Our highly qualified and
specially trained facilitators will
actively guide you through the course, setting due dates for coursework and
assisting you with content and assignment concerns.
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.
NOTE: TeacherLine facilitated courses are graduate level courses. Course content and assignments are outlined in each course's syllabus 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?
may enroll in as many courses as you'd like, but we don't
recommend taking more than two at a time if you haven't previously
taken a TeacherLine course.
are your course policies?
visit our Policies page and also the PBS TeacherLine
can I contact for course assistance?
courses offer several sources for assistance:
content questions and limited
||Email and phone number as provided within your course environment
content questions and some technical assistance
||Email and phone number as provided within your courses Discussion Board forum
concerns, course documentation questions
(M-F, 9-5:30 pm EST) or
kinds of assistance needed, especially technical
(M-F, 9-5:30pm EST)
a Help Ticket via the PBS TeacherLine Support page
Can I see what
a course environment looks like before enrolling in a course?
explore our Free Orientation Course at any time to get familiar with the TeacherLine course environment.
Note: The "Free Orientation Course" is not really a course;
it's really more of 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're new to online learning, we highly recommend you spend some time exploring it.
I'm not a techie, 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.
do I know if my computer/laptop will be compatible with the courses?
You can check your device by clicking the Check
Your Computer link on the top left side of the PBS
TeacherLine "Help" page. This will
scan your device for 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.
will I be able to access my course? How do I start my course?
You'll have access to your course two days before the official start
date. This gives 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, login in at the PBS
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. 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
for new TeacherLine course learners:
- Enroll in
just 1 or 2 courses at a time, especially if working full-time or new to online learning;
- Review your course syllabus before the start date to ensure it's the right course for you;
the free Practice Learning
Online 'course' at least one
week prior to starting your first course;
- Use the "Check Your Computer" tool to be sure your device
has the right software and settings;
- Add "firstname.lastname@example.org" and "email@example.com"
to your email contacts list to ensure you receive course notices;
- Know our course participation policies ahead of time;
to check your e-mail at least every two days while taking
- Login 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: if you know the answer to a
question, please provide it;
- Ask for help right away if needed (see the table in the left column).
Notify your facilitator if you'll be absent
from your course for more than three days;
- Have fun
and enjoy meeting and working with new colleagues!