I just learned that Homeschooling for College Credit audience has a coupon for 10% off on any courses taken through TEL Learning. TEL courses are *legitimate credit laundering* which means that while they are alternative college courses (taken at home in a self-paced format) they are recorded on an official college transcript by a partner college. Read more about TEL and this great coupon!
TEL Learning – College Credit Option
TEL Learning is not a college. It is a business. Normally, when a business (non-college) offers classes for college credit, their likelihood of transferability is very low. See credit types ranked by transferability. However, by partnering with colleges to get their courses recorded on regionally accredited college transcripts, TEL has created a business model that has moved their transferability of credit from “unlikely” to “excellent transferability.”
Partner Colleges and Transcripts
TEL course credit will be recorded with a grade on an official college transcript from your choice of their partner colleges. Once you purchase a class through TEL and choose a partner college, you will, in essence, become a student of that college. The credit will appear as original credit. In other words, your teen’s transcript will be identical to that of a student who has taken the courses directly through that college. (There is one exception to this, Greenville University, which is detailed below.)
Oklahoma Christian University Sample:
|Take this TEL Course||Credit hours||Partner College (OC) Records as this course on an OC transcript|
|ENG 1303 Language & Composition||3||ENGL – 1113 English Composition I|
|ENG 1403 Research & Composition||3||ENGL 1213 English Composition II|
|HIST 2103 U.S. History I||3||HIST – 2213 History of the US to 1877|
|HIST 2203 U.S. History II||3||HIST – 2223 History of the US since 1877|
|HUM 1103 Introduction to Christianity||3||BIBL 1003 – Introduction to Christianity|
|HUM 2103 Old Testament||3||BIBL 2203 Story of the Old Testament|
|LATN 2105 Latin I||3||LATN – 1113 Latin I|
|MATH 1103 Quantitative Analysis I||3||MATH 1173 – Quantitative Reasoning|
|MATH 1203 College Algebra||3||MATH 1213 – College Algebra|
|PSY 1203 Principles of Psychology||3||PSYC – 1113 General Psychology I|
The partner colleges are all regionally accredited colleges and universities, so expect these courses to transfer well into any college or university that accepts transfer credit. (List updated 9-22-21.)
- Jacksonville University (Florida)
- Hannibal-LaGrange University (Missouri)
- McMurry University (Texas)
- Allen University (South Carolina)
- Mid-America Christian University (Oklahoma)
- Lane College (Tennessee)
- Oklahoma Christian University (Oklahoma)
- York College (Nebraska)
- Southern Arkansas University Tech (Arkansas)
- Iowa Wesleyan University (Iowa)
- Greenville University (Illinois) “The TEL partnership with Greenville University is different from the others and will note that the course was taken through TEL Learning. We recommend you choose a different college from their list. -Jennifer Cook-DeRosa
The partner colleges review the courses to determine if they meet the standards of their institution. Each college evaluates the TEL courses and determines how it will transfer into their college. For example, depending upon the partner college, Quantitative Analysis can transfer in as College Math, Contemporary Math, or Quantitative Reasoning. You will choose the partner college when you purchase the class. Choose your partner college thoughtfully by considering the course titles of your end point college. The course equivalencies for each partner college are shown on the pages linked above.
Cost (and coupons!)
The cost for a 3 credit class is $200, and $67 for 1 credit classes. There are no additional fees – application fees, registration fees, textbooks, online access codes, etc.
Good for: 10% off cart total
Cannot be combined with any other coupon. Good only on TEL Learning Courses on Demand. Not good on Micro-Collegiate Academy or YC Academy. Limit one coupon per person. Expires March 20, 2022
Placement Testing: No standardized testing is required (ACT, PSAT, SAT, etc.)
Age / Grade: Students must be 13 years old and will need a government issued ID. You can begin your studies while obtaining the appropriate identification but you must have the government-issued photo ID prior to scheduling the mid-term exam.
Classes are self-paced (asynchronous) but include 6, 8, 12, and 16 week pacing options to help keep you on track. You have up to one year to finish the course.
Course lessons include a video overview, readings, reflection, check your knowledge quizzes, resource toolbox, and downloadable PDFs of all course material. The courses are available in their free resource library. Before you purchase a course, you can see exactly what it is like. The free courses do not include graded assignments, proctored exams, or interaction with an instructor.
Support: TEL’s support is very responsive to concerns or questions regarding their courses. Students have access to the course instructors who are contracted through TEL and are approved as adjuncts by their institutional partners. At minimum, instructors must have a master’s degree in the subject area or a master’s degree in a related field plus 18 hours of graduate work in the subject area. In addition, student coaches provide support by helping students identify their academic goals as well as provide many beneficial resources that will promote a positive collegiate experience. Students may reach out to their Student Success Coaches at any time to schedule a virtual one-on-one session or participate in our online study groups. More information about our Student Coaching Program can be found here.
Testing Accommodations: Any student seeking to request academic accommodations on the basis of a documented disability should contact the TEL Support Team at email@example.com to coordinate reasonable accommodations.
Note: If you receive a letter grade on a college transcript, you must disclose your transcript on all future college applications or admissions.
Course List (September 2021)
Introduction to Communication
Introductory Reading and Writing (archived)
Language and Composition (English 1)
Literature and Composition
Research and Composition (English 2)
US History 1
US History 2
Introduction to Christianity
Stories of the New Testament
Survey of the New Testament
Chinese 1 (archived)
Quantitative Analysis 1
Chemistry 1 Lab (1 credit)
Introduction to Biology
Introduction to Biology Lab (1 credit)
Physical Sciences Lab (1 credit)
Principles of Psychology
College Readiness (1 credit)
Introduction to Information Technology
Introduction to Business & Entrepreneurship
If your family has used TEL Learning, I’d love to hear about it! Thank you, Jennifer