Distance-Learning Model

How to Choose a Format

Distance learning at Canter is anything but distant. From the moment you register for Canter 3-credit graduate courses, you will have access to a wide range of teacher training distance learning resources and services to help make your learning experience meaningful and rewarding. Distance learning teacher training for Canter's 3-credit graduate courses is available in two formats. We now also offer another option to learn: Read4Credit® courses, click here to learn more.

How It Works

Use this comparison chart to help you choose the self-paced format that's right for you.

Print & DVD Format

Online Format

Choose Your Format

These statements can help you determine the format that's right for you:

  • Print & DVD
  • Online

If you are still not sure which format to select, call
1-800-669-9011 to speak with a graduate course representative.

I prefer to read articles in hard copy and work with a printed study guide.

I plan to register in a group and study with my colleagues face-to face (for example, to work toward a common goal or as part of a professional learning community).

OR, I will work with another educator with whom I can complete activities, engage in discussion, and seek feedback.

I prefer to read and follow my assignments online.

I prefer to read online posts from educators from other schools.

I prefer to submit course materials using an online template.

1. Register for a Course

Registration is closed and Canter is no longer accepting new students.

2. Receive Your Materials

Within 10–14 days, you will receive a package of course materials via FedEx.

Group Enrollments
All group materials will be sent to the group leader's address.

Your course materials will be shipped directly to you or your group leader.
The package includes:

  • Course textbook(s)
  • Course DVD(s)
  • Study guide*

Your course information packet is available at Canter.net

*$30 fee for Course Study Guide will be added to tuition

Your course materials will be shipped directly to you or your group leader.
The package includes:

  • Course textbook(s)
  • Course DVD(s) (backup for the videos streamed online)

Your Academic Policies document will be available in your classroom and also on Canter.net

3. Review Academic Policies

You are responsible for reviewing the academic policies, which include important dates, contact information, instructions for courses, ordering transcripts, and more.

The Course Information Packet contains critical instructions you will need to successfully complete your coursework; and important dates, addresses, and forms.

The Academic Policies contains critical instructions you will need to successfully complete your coursework; and important dates, addresses, and forms.

4. Start Your Course(s)

Study whenever and wherever you want, at your own pace. Canter's self-paced format offers the flexibility to study at your convenience.

Both formats are self-paced. The online format has no required login times.

Begin your course as soon as you receive your shipped course materials.

Begin your course as soon as you receive the email with login instructions to access your course(s). You should receive this email within 2 business days of completion of the online order process. Follow the instructions and start your course online. (Note: You will need to wait for your textbook to arrive for most assignments.)

5. Watch and Learn

Watch informative videos featuring nationally recognized education experts and master teachers.

View videos on DVD(s).

View videos streamed online or on the backup DVD(s).

6. Collaborate With Colleagues

Exchange ideas, share experiences, and discuss best practices with one or more teaching colleagues.

You must have a study partner. Your study partner does not need to be enrolled in the course.

You do not have to have a study partner. You will share with other teachers via an online discussion posting board.

7. Apply What You Learn

Our courses are designed so that you can apply your newfound knowledge and skills immediately with your students.

Apply the skills you are learning—as you learn them—in your own classroom. Test and adapt your strategies to meet the specific needs of your classroom or school.

8. Evaluate Your Knowledge

Complete a variety of written assignments, including discussion questions and a final paper.

  • Activities help participants explore concepts and make connections during the course.
  • Application assignments require participants to personalize course content and plan how they will apply the theories, concepts, and strategies in their teaching practice.
  • Final Reflection requires you to synthesize the content and reflect on your key learnings throughout the course.

9. Submit Your Coursework

Completed coursework must be submitted to Turnitin prior to the final submission to Walden University.

Follow the instructions in your Course Information Packet on how to submit coursework, including Turnitin.

Follow the instructions in the "Academic Policies" section on the "My Institution" tab for details on how to submit coursework to Turnitin. Follow instructions in the Course Completion Section of your online classroom to submit your completed coursework to Walden University through the classroom.

10. Receive Grades and Transcripts

Walden University will review and grade your work, and provide earned graduate credit for your course.

Refer to your Course Information Packet for details about when grades are recorded and how to request transcripts.

Refer to the "Academic Policies" section on the "My Institution" tab for details about when grades are recorded and how to request transcripts.

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