The Courseroom Experience:
- Is it hard to use the online courseroom?
- How do I receive and hand in my assignments?
- How do I interact with my instructor and classmates?
- What time are classes held?
- How many courses can I take at once?
- How long does a course last?
- Do courses have specific start and end dates?
- How long will it take me to complete the entire certificate program?
Enrolling @ CMUO:
- How do I apply to CMUO?
- How and when do I register for courses?
- How will I know which courses to take?
- What if I have more questions?
The Courseroom Experience:
Is it hard to use the online courseroom?
Not at all. Using the online courseroom is similar to using e-mail, your computer at work, or any basic software program. Check out the course tour and demo course to get a feel for how the online courseroom works.
How do I receive and hand in my assignments?
Just log in to your online courseroom. You can view and print assignments, as well as discuss them with your classmates. The courseroom also allows you to submit your assignments in either virtually any file format.
How do I interact with my instructor and classmates?
CMUO learners find that one of the most exciting advantages to our e-learning environment is the ongoing opportunity to interact with instructors and other learners.
- By email: Students and instructors exchange email addresses at the beginning of each course, which enables ongoing discussion outside of the online courseroom.
- By phone: You are free to exchange phone numbers with classmates.
- Using online discussion threads: Track topical discussions or respond to questions posed by your instructor.
- Networking through the learning community: Build ministry networks with other learners and CMUO instructors
What time are classes held?
Any time, day or night, you can access your class and participate via our online courseroom, as long as you have an Internet connection. Students usually need to log in 2-5 times each week, but there is no set class schedule so you can “attend class” anytime. You can expect to spend 5-7 hours each week per course.
How many courses can I take at once?
It’s important to consider your family, work, and ministry responsibilities and the amount of available time you currently devote to each. You can expect to spend 5-7 hours per week for each course you are enrolled in.
While exceptions certainly exist, it is recommended that you enroll in no more than 2 courses at once. If you find that you are able to take an increased course load, you can always enroll for an additional course. Courses start monthly, allowing you to easily add to your course load. It’s always easier to add courses than to find out that you’ve overextended yourself. You don’t want to move too rapidly through the program at the expense of your family or ministry.
How long does a course last?
Each course consists of several units, with each unit designed to be completed in a 1-week time frame. Each 1 credit course is comprised of 4 units, while 3-credit courses include 12 units. Therefore, each course is designed to be completed anywhere from 4-12 weeks.
Do courses have specific start and end dates?
Yes, each CMUO course has a designated start and end date. Courses start quarterly and last from 1-3 months, depending upon the number of credits that the course is worth. While each 1 credit course is designed to be completed in 4 weeks and 3 credit courses to be completed in 12 weeks, learners have a built-in extension of 4 extra weeks to complete all coursework and assignments, in the event that they should need a little more time for a course. Courses are self-paced, in which each learner can choose the individual pace at which he or she will complete the course.
Your individual time constraints will determine exactly how long it may take you to complete this certificate program. Many learners are able to complete the program in 1 year or less, while others may proceed slower and take somewhat longer to finish all 10 courses. The program is designed to be flexible, so you can personalize your course load.
Enrolling @ CMUO:
How do I apply to CMUO?
Simply complete the online application by clicking here and then pay the $25 application fee. You will then be contacted by one of our admissions staff with details necessary to register for your first course. It’s as simple as that!
How and when do I register for courses?
After you apply to the program and you pay the $25 application fee, you will be contacted by one of our admissions staff who will provide you with your CMUO username and password that is required to register for courses. The first step is therefore to apply to CMUO.
After you’ve been accepted to the program, you may register for courses at any time. CMUO courses have monthly start dates, so you don’t need to wait until the beginning of an academic semester to begin a course.
What if I have more questions?
If you have additional questions, contact CMUO Learner Support Specialist, Gina Stillman, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610.917.1463. We look forward assisting you in every step of your journey toward furthering your children’s ministry education!