Frequently asked questions

What do I need to do to earn my ECE units?


To get credit for the class you must complete all three (3) components of the class: Attend the lecture and actively participate (on-line or on-site) Turn in your Independent Study Assignments Turn in your Work Experience Time-sheet and Evaluation When all three (3) have been completed your transcript with your final grade will be sent to you.




How many days are the class?


Our lecture is 2 days (15 hours total - 7.5 hours on Saturday and 7.5 hours on Sunday). But to complete the course you need to also complete your Independent Study Assignments and Work Experience requirement which is done at your own pace. .




What are the difference between online and onsite classes?


On-line or on-site only refers to the lecture. Participating in the lecture can be done either on-site at our Carlsbad Campus or be completed on-line in our live-interactive virtual classroom.




How do I submit my assignments?


You can submit your assignments: 1. Via Email to academics@theoriatechnical.com 2. Bring in your assignments 3. Mail in your assignments




How soon in advance can I enroll in a class?


You can enroll today for a class this weekend.




How do I pay for my classes?


There are several options to pay for your classes: 1. Pay on-line 2. Pay by check 3. Pay by cash




How do I get an enrollment Packet?


Contact us and we will email you an enrollment packet.




How soon will I get my transcripts?


5-7 business days after you have completed all three (3) components (lecture, assignments, and work experience) you will receive your transcripts in the mail.




Can I get bulk pricing?


Yes. If you have a group of 12 or more you should contact our Administration Department to get more information about our bulk pricing program.




What is the on-line virtual kit?


The on-line virtual kit is available for our students who are participating in the lecture on-line. The virtual kits is optional and not required. For an additional $19.00 they receive a headset with a built in microphone, a Theoria Notepad, and a Theoria Pen. If you already have a headset then you most likely will not need this kit.




How long do I have to complete this course?


Most people complete the course in 30 days or less but all students have up to 90 to complete all three (3) components of the course.




Can I get an extension for completing the course?  And how do I get an extension?


Yes. We understand that circumstances arise where you may not be able to complete the course within the time frame. If you need additional time to complete the course you can email the academics department at academics@theoriatechnical.com and request an extension.




Do you accept financial aid?


No




I am taking more than one class.  Can I break up the payments?


Yes




When do I have to pay?


To hold your place in the class payment must be made at your earliest convenience or you may lose your place in the class.




When do I get my materials?


Shortly (24 hours or less) after paying for your class you will receive your student course work booklet.




What are my materials?


The student course work booklet contains the class syllabus, list and definition of Independent Study Assignments, and supporting documents. This is sent via email in PDF format.




Who fills out the Practicum Evaluation and Time-sheet?


The student fills it out and their Supervisor/Director signs off on it.




I don't have a social security card?


You can provide a passport in this absence.




How does the lecture work?


Students will participate in our Adobe Connect virtual learning platform and receive a live lecture from our Theorian Professors. This can be done in the comfort of your own home with the appropriate technical device or on our beautiful campus in Carlsbad, Ca where you may receive a face to face lecture in a classroom.




How does the homework work? How will I submit my assignments? How long do I have before I have to submit them?


Students will have five assignments to complete. Students will upload their assignments in our user-friendly Orbund student portal. Simply select the assignment you are submitting and upload your document by clicking on the “upload” button. No hand written, pictures of papers/projects, or emailed assignments will be accepted.




Will there be a quiz or exam? Will it dramatically affect my grade if I don't do well?


Yes. Students will have one final comprehensive exam. A study guide is provided by the Professor. Exams are open book and open notes. Students have 3 attempts to take the exam and the highest score is utilized. It is very possible to do well!




What is the Practicum? How does that work? How does that work during COVID-19?


In each class there is a Practicum. There are two forms. One is a Student Evaluation—this needs to be completed for every single class. This form may not be reused in any way shape or form due to the fact that students are being evaluated on different criteria. There must be a signature from a lead teacher, director, or supervisor.

The second form is a Time Sheet. This is to be filled out and signed by the student and a lead teacher, director, or supervisor. These hours need to be working hours, lunch breaks do not count. Each student must complete a minimum of 45 hours to meet the Practicum Requirement.

During COVID-19 Theoria has Exemption Policies in place for students who cannot complete their Practicum requirements. Each will be handled on a case by case basis. Communication with Student Services is key.




Will I fail the class if I cannot complete the Practicum?


Typically, yes, a student could fail if the Practicum is not complete. However, due to COVID-19 we do have policies in place for students and each is dealt with on a case by case bases. Communication with Student Services is important during this time.




Are onsite classes offered?


Yes. However due to COVID-19 Theoria is not offering courses on campus until further notices.




How long is each class?


Each class offers a two-day weekend lecture from 9:00am-4:30pm. If a student is taking weeknight class times and days will differ. Every student has 90 days to complete all work (homework assignments, assessments, and practicum) from the first date of lecture.




How much is each class?


Each class is $350.00 with a technology fee of $47.50 that is paid each semester the student is enrolled. Five-week asynchronous General Education courses are $1,150.00 each.




Are there any scholarships?


Students are notified when scholarships available. They are also posted on our website when offered. Currently we are offering the COVID-19 scholarship. Inquire within.




Do you offer Financial Aid?


Theoria does not currently offer Title IV funding. However, students may visit:

Career One Stop

https://www.careeronestop.org/toolkit/training/find-scholarships.aspx

This resource was provided within the Federal Student Aid website. Students may also complete General Education coursework at other colleges or universities and transfer them over. Students may transfer in up to 36 credits that could be applicable to their Associate’s Degree.




I haven’t been to school in x years, are classes difficult to complete?


Every student is different. If you put in the work and make the effort students typically do very well here at Theoria Technical College. We have experienced professors who have not only worked in the field for many years, but also who are here to help support students throughout the entire process.




How much support can Theoria provide if I need help with assignments?


Professors area available throughout the entire process. Each Professor will have their own set of Office Hours they are available for questions or help. Professors are also available by email. Virtual meetings even after lecture are available. Students just need to coordinate these meetings with their Professor.




How fast can I complete the program?


If a student participates in Fast Track, typically these students will register for a class, complete all components of the course (homework assignments, assessments, and practicum forms) prior to the lecture. Once the lecture is complete, the students will receive transcripts within 5-7 business days. If Unofficial Transcripts are needed for the employer, Student Services can provide these for the student if asked to do so. There is a $75 fee to participate in Fast Track.

If students do not participate in Fast Track, students can typically finish a course in 30 days or less. Otherwise students have up to 90 days to complete all components of the course.




What is the difference between Fast Track and Expedited Transcripts?


These are two different processes and fees.

Fast Track allows students to complete their homework, assessments, and practicum prior to the first date of lecture so that they may earn their ECE units quickly. Students must have all work completed and uploaded in the student portal by Saturday at 9:00am. Everything will be graded by Sunday end of lecture. If the work is not completed by Saturday at 9:00am then the student falls back into traditional grading policies in which Professors and their assistants have up to 10 business days to complete any and all grading. Grading takes place in order of receipt. Fast Track grading has a fee of $75.00.

Expedited Transcripts can be paid for and sent out at any time. Students can receive Official Transcripts in the mail in 3-5 business days once payment is received. The fee for this is $25.00.

If the student would like their transcripts expedited once Fast Track is paid for and all course work is completed, they may pay for this process when they are paying for the Fast Track fee to ensure transcripts are received quickly as well.

If the expedited transcript fee is paid at the same time as Fast Track, official transcripts will go out on the Monday following the two-day weekend lecture.

These are two different processes and fees.

Fast Track allows students to complete their homework, assessments, and practicum prior to the first date of lecture so that they may earn their ECE units quickly. Students must have all work completed and uploaded in the student portal by Saturday at 9:00am. Everything will be graded by Sunday end of lecture. If the work is not completed by Saturday at 9:00am then the student falls back into traditional grading policies in which Professors and their assistants have up to 10 business days to complete any and all grading. Grading takes place in order of receipt. Fast Track grading has a fee of $75.00.

Expedited Transcripts can be paid for and sent out at any time. Students can receive Official Transcripts in the mail in 3-5 business days once payment is received. The fee for this is $25.00.

If the student would like their transcripts expedited once Fast Track is paid for and all course work is completed, they may pay for this process when they are paying for the Fast Track fee to ensure transcripts are received quickly as well.

If the expedited transcript fee is paid at the same time as Fast Track, official transcripts will go out on the Monday following the two-day weekend lecture.




Can I resubmit assignments if I don't earn full points?


Yes. Theoria uses a formative approach when assessing students work. What this means for the student is that the Professor will give feedback on assignments and do in fact allow students to go in and make corrections, resubmit, or redo assignments if necessary. It is up to the student how well they want to do.




For the Timesheet, Do the hours have to be dated after I have started class?


Typically, yes. However, due to COVID-19 students have been permitted to use up to 6 months previous experience in the classroom. If the student was unemployed prior to COVID-19 and still unemployed by the time their 90 days are up we have policies in place to help each student on a case by case basis. The student needs to communicate with Student Services in order to be assisted with their specific situation.




Are the hours volunteered Hours or can they be working hours that I use for the Practicum?


These 45 hours can be volunteer hours or working hours on the clock in your place of work. These need to be hours in a licensed child care facility. Combined volunteer and working hours is okay too. Be sure to record your hours with the date, time in and time out. Total the hours (minimum 45 hours), get required signatures then upload and submit in the student portal.




Can I get access to the class slides?


Currently no. These are copyrighted and cannot be redistributed to anyone. However, students may take notes and/or take screen shots during lecture.




Can I see the questions that I missed on my final?


Yes and no. The Professors can tell you which questions you missed, but students may not view the exam until after the final attempt. The Professor can provide this information for the student.




Can I email my assignments directed to the Professor instead of uploading them?


No. All assignments and practicum forms need to be submitted in the Orbund Student Portal.




How old can my Practicum Forms be?


No older than 6 months old.




Is a virtual kit needed for class?


No. These are for students who may need a compatible blue tooth headset for the class lecture and/or want exclusive Theoria merchandise.





Theoria Technical College offers open enrollment. Students may enroll at any time.  Upon enrollment, students will receive orientation instruction as to school policies and procedures required to comply with the school, regulations, and outlining established tuition, fees, and charges.

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