Online Education

Thank you for your interest in Online Education at The King’s University. Recognizing the need to offer flexible course scheduling to assist those who may not be able to access courses offered at any of the TKU campuses, The King’s offers courses online. Associate, Bachelor, and Master degrees can be earned entirely at a distance.

How the King’s Online Programs Work

Enroll in Online Courses
All online courses are taught over a seven-week session. Every semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer), The King’s offers two sessions of courses. New students will be provided a free online orientation. Students may enroll in a maximum of 2 online courses at a time for a total of 4 online courses per semester.

Log in to the Online Classroom
Our learning platform (Blackboard) is web-based and accessible to most computers with Internet access. All browsers work with our learning platform. The only software required of students is a Microsoft Word-compatible word processor. Most word processors are able to open and save documents in .doc and .docx format. While students may find a variety of software to help them in their educational pursuits, there is no other software required to participate successfully in online courses. Students will be provided with login credentials once admitted to the institution. Students having difficulty logging in can contact the help desk for assistance. Once logged into Blackboard, students are able to access the virtual classroom associated with the course(s) they are taking. The online classroom is divided into the seven weeks the course is in session and provides everything a student needs to successfully participate in the class. Students will find the course syllabus, weekly overviews, lectures, discussion forums, handouts, assignments and exams in the online classroom. Almost all courses follow the same set structure, so once a student learns how to navigate the online classroom in their first class, they will encounter much the same layout for all future courses.

Interact with professors and classmates
Online courses at The King’s require the same primary textbooks as courses taught in the traditional campus-based setting. Additionally, the professor will post weekly lectures and may supplement course textbooks with additional handouts and/or prescribed reading. Online courses are highly interactive with professors and students engaged in dialogue each week. Although students and professors communicate and share resources by exchanging messages, our courses transcend the limitations of a typical email format by allowing all users to easily interact with each other. The result is enhanced dialogue between the student and professor and among the students themselves. Often, students will discover they get to know one another much better in online courses than in traditional campus settings.

Attend class at your convenience
Online courses mirror The King’s traditional classroom-style courses in that they are professor-led, interactive, feature specific start and end dates, require textbooks and provide the same level of academic or professional credit as their campus-based counterparts. The major difference between the two formats is the interaction occurring within an online course is at your convenience at any time—day or night—during the week or on the weekend. There is no set time of day students must be logged into a course. For this reason, it doesn’t matter what time zone a student is in, they can participate in the same way as any other student.

View Online Academic Calendar

How does online distance education work?

Typically, students log in on the first day of the course. Students will find the course syllabus, which provides essential information about the course and instructions concerning upcoming assignments, required reading from the textbooks and class participation on the discussion boards. Students will need to complete the assigned course work, submit assignments, ask questions and participate in class discussions. The professor for the course will facilitate the class discussion, provide important input and oversee the course.

Do all students have to be online at the same time?

No, all online courses are taught asynchronously.

Do students like distance education?

For many, it’s the ideal way to learn. Work, family and other obligations can make it difficult to attend class on an established schedule. Online learning allows students to fit the course work into their life while maintaining an organized learning environment and the ability to interact with other students and the professor. Online students can study whenever, wherever and at whatever place works best for them.

Is this really an effective way to learn?

Yes. Studies have shown that online education students often score higher than those who attend courses on campus. Online courses provide more opportunities for participation, which allows students to express their ideas more frequently and in greater depth.

What are the benefits of participating in online classes?

Those who participate in online courses may find in addition to learning the course material, they also more fully develop essential life-skills such as self-reliance, independence, communication—written skills, time management, goal setting, personal development and presentation skills.

How will the online course be taught?

Just like campus-based courses, online courses are taught by professors. The course syllabi describes the course, identifies the textbooks for the course, outlines the course assignments and provides a course schedule. Professors will facilitate class discussion through questions, observations and lectures. Students are encouraged to engage one another and the course material. Students may interact with the professor through the discussion boards or private email.

What is the recommended number of online courses a student should take a semester?

Courses are offered in two sessions every semester. Students who are inexperienced with taking courses online may want to consider only taking one course in their first session. Generally, students may enroll for a maximum of two concurrent courses (for a total of 4 online courses in a semester).

How long are online courses?

A regular online course is seven weeks in length.

When do online courses begin?

See Online Course Schedules.

What are the requirements for taking online courses?

Just as campus-based students need a car to get to their physical classrooms, students who desire to take online courses must have the necessary equipment and connection to get to their online courses. Equipment which is necessary for online courses includes: a computer and Internet service.

How much does it cost to take courses online?

There are a few costs related to taking online courses at The King’s. Unlike many schools who have a separate higher tuition rate for courses offered online, the tuition costs for courses at The King’s is the same regardless of delivery method. However, an online fee is charged for every online course. For a list of current rates, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

How do I obtain textbooks for the courses?

A list of required textbooks will be available prior to the start of the course and is available on The King’s website. Students can access the list by logging in to the site.

How do I get started?

It’s easy. Contact The King’s Admissions Office to speak with an Admissions Counselor to begin the admissions process or submit an application online. Once you have been admitted, you can begin enrolling in online courses.