Frequently Asked Questions
Will I know what classes I need to take?
Yes, an education plan will be developed for you and a full listing of course descriptions can be found at sdcc.edu.
Can I complete my entire degree at SDCC?
Yes, SDCC offers degree completion tracks and general education tracks that can complete your degree in as little as 4 semesters.
Can I afford an education?
Yes, financial aid is available. Money for college is available through scholarships, grants, and loans. Also many companies offer employees tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance.
What is the cost?
Contact the APS office for current costs.
Is SDCC accredited?
Yes, SDCC is regionally accredited with Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). SDCC is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
Can I keep my job and complete my degree?
Yes, SDCC has course schedules that are flexible to allow working adults to go to college in the evenings or online. Students may also develop hybrid models to include both types of classrooms.
Can I use my VA Benefits at SDCC?
Yes, SDCC is approved by the Veterans Administration and SDCC is a participating Yellow Ribbon College.
Do I need my own computer to take an online class? Do I need to have internet access?
Having your own computer with internet access can make taking an online class less stressful as you will be able to participate in class as your schedule allows; You are not required to have your own computer to take an online class, but you must be able to use a computer with internet access two or three times a week for a multiple hours each time.
How will I know when my classes begin?
Students will attend an online orientation that will provide valuable information such as how do I log in to the classroom, how do I access my courses, and how do I contact the instructor.
Do online classes have set schedules and assignment due dates?
The assignment schedule and due dates in an online class will vary from class to class. The scheduling depends on the class topic and the instructor. It is very important for you to read the syllabus posted in your online class as soon as possible. The syllabus will give you detailed information regarding the instructor's assignment schedule and "late" assignment policies.
Most online classes have assignments that require students to post through blogs and discussions. Students must be engaged throughout the week in order to complete the required discussions. Online classes will have posted schedules which detail these assignment requirements. For example; you might have to post on a threaded discussion at least 3 times during the week.
Do I have to access my class at a particular time every day?
Online classes do not "meet" at a set time every day. Students have the flexibility to access the class at different times throughout the day according to their individual schedules. (This is called asynchronous learning.) An online class may have students from all over the globe who would find it extremely difficult to get together online at the same time. As a general rule you should plan to access your online class three times a week for multiple hours each time.
Is everything I need on the Internet?
Your "lecture notes," activities, and any handouts will be posted in your online classroom. Textbooks and course resources will be mailed to you as a part of being a full-time online student.
How do I turn in assignments?
The requirements for turning assignments will vary by instructor. Some instructors might have you e-mail the assignment. Another instructor might ask that you use the Digital Dropbox. Read your syllabus for complete information on your instructor's expectations.
Will I be taking any exams, and if so, how?
You will complete a variety of activities as a part of learning experience. Tests and quizzes may be required depending on the instructor. The instructor will give you instructions for taking tests during your course. Again, read your syllabus to get more information on how your instructor will conduct testing.
What technology is required for online courses?
In order to be fully prepared for you online course work, you need to be able to have regular access to the internet in order to log in to your courses. The following technology requirements will help you succeed in this learning environment.
• Use LMS-compatible browsers: Most browsers work well fine with your online program, but Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Google Chrome are preferred. For optimal performance, your computer must be set up to accept cookies and pop-ups.
• Microsoft Office: In order to be successful in your courses, and to receive the best support from our Technical Support team, you should have Microsoft Office installed on your computer. Version 2007 will work however the 2010 versions of Word, Excel, and Outlook are preferred. If you will be taking CIS141: Introduction to Computers, 2010 must be used for this course.
• Video/audio recording hardware: In order to be successful in your online Public Speaking course and to participate in live chats with your instructors and peers, you will need video/audio recording hardware. While Webcams are the easiest solution, any hardware that can record video/audio (Camera Phones, Digital Still Camera, Digital Video Recorders) and can easily transfer the content to a computer will be sufficient.
• Save documents in the correct format: Assignment must be submitted with the following extensions: .docx, .doc, .pdf, .txt, and .rtf. .Docx and .doc file extensions, which are characteristic of Microsoft Word, are the most widely accepted file format for assignment submission because they retain document formatting.
I have my own email account. Why do I need an SDCC email account?
All San Diego Christian College students are given an SDCC e-mail account. Most instructors require their students to use these accounts. Very often personal e-mail addresses do not reflect the name of the student causing confusion for delivery options. When you use your SDCC e-mail account the "from" name on the message will match your name on the class roster. Also, using a SDCC e-mail account insures that your e-mail messages are virus scanned - both the messages you send and the messages you receive.
Your e-mail address will be sent to you from the Information Technology Department when you are accepted. Again, it is very important that you change your e-mail account password after logging in for the first time.
Will I have access to the college library?
Yes, you will be able to use your SDCC login to access both journals and books electronically. Information and research techniques will be a part of several courses in your degree completion program.