Adventures in Education, Inc.
Training for the Professional Educator

5N581 Hidden Springs Dr        St. Charles          IL 60175          630-377-5035          eknowlton@adventures-in-education.com


Frequently Asked Questions:

Question 1: Are you an accredited institution?

Question 2: How do I register?

Question 3: When will PSU send a bill for the graduate credit fee?

Question 4: Credit Applicability

Question 5: Credit Conversion

Question 6: How many classes can I take at the same time?

Question 7: What are Distance Learning Courses?

Question 8: What are Online Courses?

Question 9: Course Transcripts

Question 10: How long does it take to complete a class?

Question 11: When are courses offered?

Question 12: Prerequisites and other requirements?

Question 13: Do you offer a Degree?

Question 14: Is Financial Aid Available?

Question 15: About the Instructor and AIE

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FAQ Answers

Question 1: Are you an accredited institution?

Courses offered cooperatively by Portland State University (PSU) and Adventures In Education, Inc. Graduate credit is available through PSU, OR. PSU is accredited through the Northwest Association of Schools & Colleges: The credit for continuing education programs has been awarded by the Graduate School of Education at PSU. For information on accreditation, please refer to the website www.ed.pdx.edu/gse_info.html, which addresses the accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and by the Oregon Teacher Standards & Practices Commission.

Question 2: How do I register?

Registration for all courses is through Adventures In Education (see www.adventures-in-education.com).

Registration Options:

(a) Online registration: We offer online registration. Visit www.adventures-in-education.com, click on ‘Graduate Courses’ and then ‘Registration’. Follow the directions provided to complete your registration.

(b) Registration via phone: You can also sign up by calling 630-377-5035 and pay with a credit card.

NOTE: PSU ID#: If this is your first time taking a course with PSU you will not need a PSU ID#. If you have taken a course with PSU in the past, then you should have received a letter with your PSU ID# from Portland State University. However, if you do not know your PSU ID#, your date of birth will suffice for registration.

Upon receipt of your registration information, we will send course info to the email address provided on the registration form.

District Purchase Order (PO) or Voucher:

We accept Purchase Orders (PO) and district vouchers for payment. Please contact us at eknowlton@adventures-in-education.com or 630-377-5035 prior to registering.

 

Question 3: When will PSU send a bill for the graduate credit fee?

PSU generally waits until the end of the quarter to send an electronic bill for the graduate credit fee to the email address you provided on the PSU registration form.

 

Question 4: Credit Applicability

CI808/810 Courses: Teachers generally apply the graduate credit toward lane credit and advancement on the salary scale, promotions within their school or toward teacher recertification. All CI808/810 courses are approved by Portland State University by the Graduate School of Education through the Curriculum and Instruction Department, NOT the Math department.

MTH810 Courses: Teachers generally apply the graduate credit toward lane credit and advancement on the salary scale, promotions within their school or toward teacher recertification. Most community colleges will accept MTH810 credits toward graduate mathematics requirements/electives credit for eligibility to teach college-level mathematics. However, we STRONGLY suggest that you verify acceptance of these credits toward this requirement PRIOR to enrollment. It is the discretion of the individual college to accept and apply these courses for this purpose.

 

Question 5: Credit Conversion

Most colleges/universities convert quarter graduate credits to semester graduate credits using a factor of 2/3, i.e. 3 quarter graduate credits are equivalent to 2 semester graduate credits. We STRONGLY suggest that you contact the appropriate individual at your school/college to confirm the transfer and conversion of graduate credits. This will assure that all questions are answered to your and your school's satisfaction. Note: 1 quarter grad credit is equivalent to 10 contact hours.

Question 6: How many classes can I take at the same time?

Enrollment is limited to 8 quarter graduate credits per term unless officially admitted to PSU (except Summer term when enrollment is limited to 16 quarter graduate credits). See www.pdx.edu for more information.

Question 7: What are Distance Learning Courses?

• A flexible way to gain the knowledge you need to meet the challenges of your classroom at your own pace and on your own schedule.

• Students receive self-paced instruction in the form lessons and guided learning materials without in-person or moderated online delivery.

• Continuous enrollment, i.e. sign up any time, and complete within 3 months.

• Curriculum does NOT require any presentation or application of the material in the classroom while taking the course.

• All assignments can be completed on your own and outside the classroom. • If questions arise, the facilitator is only an email or a phone call away.

 

Question 8: What are Online Courses?

• Fixed start and end date.

• 12-week duration.

• Delivery is fully online.

• Submit assignments anytime between start and end date.

• Courses provide a highly interactive learning environment.

• Asynchronous student/student and student/teacher interaction.

 

Question 9: Course Transcripts

Official transcripts are available from Portland State University upon completion of the course.

CI 808/810 courses are transcripted as follows: For example, course '96MR: Algebra II with the TI-83+/84+ Graphing Calculator' will appear as 'CI 808: WKSP: TI-83+ Algebra II' on the transcript from PSU.

MTH810 courses are transcripted as follows: For example, course ‘10134-MTH810: Topics in College Algebra and Graphing Technology’ will appear as ‘MTH810: Topics in College Algebra and Graphing Technology.’

 

Question 10: How long does it take to complete a class?

CI 808/810: From time of registration you are allotted 3 months to complete the course. The average time to complete a 2 quarter credit hour course is 20-25 hours and 30-40 hours for a 3 credit hour course. MTH 810: You have 12-weeks to complete the course. The average time to complete a 5 quarter credit hour course is 50-60 hours.

 

Question 11: When are courses offered?

CI808/810 Courses: Most CI 808/810 courses are offered every quarter, while are only offered during a particular quarter. See www.adventures-in-education.com for details.

MTH 810 Courses: Courses are offered during a specified time frame. See www.adventures-in-education.com for details.

 

Question 12: Prerequisites and other requirements?

CI808/810 Courses:

Prerequisites: A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. There are no other prerequisites or requirements except completion of the course within the specified time frame. No meetings scheduled at the PSU campus for any of our courses as they are distance learning courses. The curriculum of our courses does not require any presentation or application of the material in the classroom while taking the course. All assignments can be completed on your own and outside the classroom.

MTH 810 Courses:

Prerequisites: A Bachelors in Mathematics or Math Education or strong background in mathematics.

 

Question 13: Do you offer a Degree?

Our courses are in conjunction with a Masters Degree and PSU accepts 15 quarter grad credits of our courses toward this degree. For more information see http://www.pdx.edu/ci/curriculum-and-instruction-masters-degree-program-formats-online.

Portland State University also offers a variety of degrees including specialists. Please feel free to contact PSU via phone 1-503-725-8279 or email beaup@pdx.edu for more information or access the PSU website www.pdx.edu.

Eastern Oregon University also accepts credit earned via our courses toward a Masters Degree. For more information see http://www.eou.edu/

 

Question 14: Is Financial Aid Available?

Fed Financial Aid is only available for course work used toward a degree or endorsement or license, and the student has to be officially admitted to PSU. Please contact PSU via phone 1-503-725-8279 or email beaup@pdx.edu for more information or access the PSU website www.pdx.edu for more information.

 

Question 15: About the Instructor and AIE

Adventures In Education (AIE) is an organization dedicated to the advancement of excellence in teaching and is approved by Portland State University as a cooperative agency.  Our primary objective is to provide unique workshops and distance learning courses that enable professional educators to apply immediately the skills they acquire. The approach taken is new, unique, and extremely effective.

Liz Knowlton, the facilitator for all courses, is a faculty member at Portland State University, received her BS in Mathematics and MS in Mathematics with Emphasis in Statistics from Northern Illinois University and her PhD in Education from Northcentral University. She has over 20 years of teaching experience at the college level and is teaching as an adjunct faculty at Benedictine University and Midwestern University. During the summer she also teaches workshops for elementary and secondary teachers for Professional Development. Throughout the year Liz provides In-Service training for elementary and secondary teachers for school districts in the Chicago area and volunteers at the local grade school. Over the years she has attended numerous elementary, secondary and post secondary school mathematics workshops/courses and authored several books. 

Other accomplishments: Passed Actuarial Exams 100, 110, and 120; Bilingual German/English; Actuarial Analyst for Allstate Re and Statistical Consultant for Abbott Laboratories.


If you have any questions or comments please email eknowlton@adventures-in-education.com.