Course Credit Opportunity
Are continuing education credits available?
Optional semester credit hours of graduate-level continuing education credit are available through the Colorado School of Mines Teacher Enhancement Program.
NEON is not a degree-granting institution and therefore cannot grant official credit for our courses. Recognizing that many schools and districts require their teachers to complete a certain amount of continuing education each year, we have made arrangements with the Colorado School of Mines to offer graduate-level continuing education credits upon the successful completion of each course.
How do the optional CSM continuing education credits differ from traditional university or college credits?
The optional graduate-level semester relicensure credits offered for each course areapplicable for recertification in the State of Colorado and are generally accepted elsewhere. The credits are not applicable toward a degree at the Colorado School of Mines or elsewhere.
Typically, continuing education credits are used by teachers for relicensing or recertification and not for application to a degree program or initial certification.
Requirements vary by state and district, therefore, you should check with your local administrators to determine if the graduate level continuing education credits meet their requirements.
How do I apply for the optional continuing education credits?
You must submit your intent to take the course for credit at the beginning of class.
The CSM credit paperwork is course specific. You will receive directions for submitting CSM credit-related paperwork and payment during the first week of class.
How much do courses cost without the optional credits?
Each course has a $35 registration fee that must be paid during the registration process. You will have the option of paying via Credit Card, PayPal, or check.
We highly recommend having your credit card (or PayPal) information available when you begin the registration process.
Is there a cost for the graduate-level continuing education credits?
Yes, these optional credits require an additional fee. As of February 2016, the fee is $95 for two credits.
Currently, all of our courses are available for two credits.
This continuing education credit fee is separate from the required $35 course fee and will be collected during the course.
Will I receive a course completion certificate?
Each participant who completes a course with a passing grade will be given the opportunity to download a personalized course completion certificate. In addition to the participant's name, the certificate will indicate the name of the course completed and the date the certificate was awarded.
Please note that the certificates do not include the participant's final grade or the number of contact hours. If your school or district requires this information, you should consider the optional continuing education credits offered through Colorado School of Mines described above.
How do I obtain a copy of my transcript from Colorado School of Mines?
If you applied for the optional continuing education credits available through Colorado School of Mines (CSM) during your course, you may request an official transcript online via their Teacher Enhancement Program website.
One Month following completion of the course, you may send the Request for Transcript of Record Form (supplied during class) and payment directly to CSM. The address is on the form. Please note that there is an additional fee for the transcript that must be sent directly to CSM after the course is completed and grades have been assigned. Please do not send the transcript form to NEON / CSA.
The Online Course Experience
Are the courses online or in-person?
All Citizen Science Academy courses are 100% online.
Do I have to be online at specific times?
No. Each of the courses may be completed at your own pace. There are no specific class times, office hours, or video conferences.
I won't be available every day. May I still participate?
Yes! Our courses are designed to allow busy educators (are there any other type?) to participate as their schedule allows. The only deadline for each course is that all graded assignements must be turned in before the course ends. The specific time and date for each course (typically 11:55pm MST on the last day of class) will be announced on the first day of class.