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Thomas Edison State University developed Self-Directed (SD) courses to provide incarcerated students with degree-earning options. SD courses do not require internet access or online resources and can be completed independently using texts, study guides and other materials. Course materials include a schedule for completing assignments, proctored examinations and/or the final project within the 12-week term. Assignments and completed exams are sent to a course mentor and feedback is provided - all via US mail. Students are provided with the required materials to foster a self-reliant learning experience where the student can work through the content completely autonomously.
A student’s speak-on-behalf-of (SOBO) may register the student for Self-Directed (SD) courses via Online Student Services (OSS), or students may register through the US mail using the paper undergraduate course registration form.
Tuition for Self-Directed courses is the same as Online (OL), Guided Study (GS) and e-Pack (EP) courses. Please see the University’s tuition and fees for more information. Materials for SD courses are provided to students once they register. In most cases, the cost of those materials are included in the tuition. Some courses require a high volume of materials which necessitates additional printing and shipping fees.
Information Sessions are held throughout the year and provide prospective students with the opportunity to meet University staff and learn more about the admissions process, financial aid, enrolling and what it is like taking an online course.