Thank you for your interest in Online Education at The King's University. The King’s provides biblical and theological education for those who feel called into ministry. Recognizing the need to offer flexible course scheduling to assist those who may not be able to access courses offered at our Van Nuys campus, The King’s offers courses through the Internet. Students desiring a Masters degree may take half to two-thirds of their courses online but must complete a prescribed number of courses on-ground to graduate.
How The King’s Online Program Works
1. Start with Student Learning Development.
All online courses are taught over a 6 week session. Each quarter (Fall, Winter, and Spring) The King's offers 2 sessions of courses. Students new to online education at The Kingís will take Student Learning Development as their first online course. Student Learning Development is a required course for all degree programs, so it counts toward all student's degrees. The course is designed to introduce the student to The King's online learning platform, demonstrate how online courses are taught at The King's, familiarize the student with institutional policies and procedures, introduce the student to writing papers at The King's and understanding The King's Style Manual.
2. Login to the Online Classroom.
Our learning platform is web-based and accessible to most any computer with Internet access. All browsers work with our learning platform however we do recommend the firefox browser which is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux oiperating Systems. The only other software we require of students is a Microsoft Word compatible word processor. There's no other software that needs to be purchased or installed on a computer to be able to participate in online courses.
Once logged into the online learning platform, students are able to access the virtual classroom associated with the course or courses they are taking. The online classroom is divided into the 6 weeks the course is in session and provides everything that a student needs to successfully participate in the class. Students will find the course syllabus, weekly overviews, lectures, discussion forums, handouts, assignments, and exams in the online classroom. Almost all courses follow the same set structure, so that once a student learns how to navigate the online classroom in their first class, they will encounter much the same layout for all future courses.
3. Interact with professors and classmates.
Online courses at The King's require the same textbooks as courses taught in the traditional on-ground setting. Additionally, the professor will post weekly lectures and may supplement course textbooks with additional handouts and/or prescribed reading. Online courses are highly interactive with professors and students engaged in dialogue each week. Although students and professors communicate and share resources by exchanging messages, our courses transcend the limitations of a typical e-mail format by allowing all users to easily interact with each other. The result is enhanced dialogue between the student and professor and among the students themselves. Often students will discover that they get to know one another much better in online courses than in traditional on-ground settings.
4. Attend class at your convenience.
Online courses mirror The Kingís College and Seminaryís traditional classroom-style courses in that they are professor-led, interactive, feature specific start and end dates, require textbooks, and provide the same level of academic or professional credit as their "on-the-ground" counterparts. The major difference between the two formats is that the interaction that occurs within an online course is at your convenience at any time - day or night -during the week or on the weekend. There is no set time of day that students must be logged into a course. For this reason, it doesn't matter what time-zone a student is in, they can participate in the same way as any other student. Although students can enter the online classroom any time of day, students are required to login to the course 5 days a week (Monday- Sunday).
Frequently Asked Questions about our Online Program
How does online distance education work?
Typically students log in on the first day of the course. Students will find the course syllabus which provides essential information about the course and instructions concerning upcoming assignments, required reading from the textbooks, and class participation on the discussion boards. Students will need to complete the assigned course work, submit assignments, ask questions, and participate in class discussions. The professor for the course will facilitate class discussion, provide important input, and oversee the course.
Do all students have to be online at the same time?
No, all online courses are taught asynchronously. Although students must log into their online course 5 days out of 7, they may log in at whatever time of day is best for them.
Do students like distance education?
For many it’s the ideal way to learn. Work, family, and other obligations can make it difficult to attend class on an established schedule. Online learning allows students to fit the course work into their life while maintaining an organized learning environment and the ability to interact with other students and the professor. Online students can study whenever, wherever, and at whatever place works best for them.
Is this really an effective way to learn?
Yes. Studies have shown that online education students often score higher than those who attend courses on-ground. Online courses provide more opportunities for participation which allows students to express their ideas more frequently and in greater depth.
What are the benefits of participating in online classes?
Those who participate in online courses may find that in addition to learning the course material they also more fully develop essential life-skills such as; self-reliance, independence, communication – written skills, time management, goal setting, personal development, and presentation skills.
How will the online course be taught?
Just like on-ground courses, online courses are taught by professors. The course syllabi describes the course, identifies the textbooks for the course, outlines the course assignments and provides a course schedule. Professors will facilitate class discussion through questions, observations, and lecturettes. Students are encouraged to engage one another and the course material. Student’s may interact with the professor through the discussion boards or private email. For every week the course is scheduled, students are required to attend 5 days out of 7.
What is the recommended number of online courses a student should take a quarter?
Courses are offered in two sessions every quarter. Student who are new to online at The King’s may only take one course in their first session. After their first session, students may enroll for a maximum of two courses. So students who are new to online could take one course in their first session and 2 courses in their second session resulting in 3 courses for the quarter.
How long are online courses?
A regular online course are six weeks in length. However, the summer courses are 5 weeks in length.
When do online courses begin?
See Online Courses
What are the requirements for taking online courses?
Just as on-ground student needs a car to get to on-ground courses, students who desire to take online courses must have the necessary equipment and connection to get to their online courses. Equipment which is necessary for online courses includes: a computer, Internet service, and the desire to learn.
How much does it cost to take courses online?
There are a few costs related to taking online courses at The King’s. Unlike many schools who have a separate higher tuition rate for courses offered online, the tuition costs for courses at The King’s is the same regardless of delivery method. However, an online fee is charged for every online course.
For a list of current rates, see Schedule of Tuition and Fees.
How do I obtain textbooks for the courses?
A list of required textbooks will be available prior to the start of the course and is available on The King’s websites. Students can access the list by logging in to the site
The textbook list is also available from The King’s Way Bookroom. You may contact the Bookroom at (818) 779-8470, or FAX (818) 779-8473; to purchase books which will be mailed to you via UPS. Of course, you have the option to purchase books at any place of your choice. Note that Barnes and Nobles is preferred to Amazon, as Amazon may not have many texts in stock.
How do I get started?
It’s easy. Contact The King’s Admissions Office to speak with an Admissions Counselor to begin the admissions process or submit an application online. See The King's Application. Once you have been admitted, you can begin enrolling in online courses.