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Course Delivery Methods

Flexible Learning Options with The College

You’ll find descriptions of The College’s course delivery methods below. You can use these to decide how best to proceed with your studies based on your delivery preference. Not every course is offered in each delivery method, so please click on the link within the dropdown(s) to see the available options.

The College is re-imagining its course delivery methods with a focus on putting you in control of your learning experience. The new Personal Pathway™ learning model is the future standard for College course construction and delivery, with many courses already available in this new structure!

Please be aware that only open enrollment sections will show on the delivery listing pages, no company exclusive classes. We don’t want to cause confusion by listing a class that’s not available to all our students. If you wish to view what’s available for your company, please log into your Student Portal, choose your designation of intent, then you can sort the list to show a specific course. Company exclusive classes will show as the first option there.​​​​​​​

 


Courses in Personal Pathway™ follow a flexible, yet structured learning path and incorporate best-in-practice learning concepts and rich multimedia components. These courses also include instructor-led webinars, powerful lesson reviews, discussion forums, graded coursework and a final exam.

Personal Pathway™ courses are currently available in some of The College's core professional designation programs, including:

  • CFP® certification education
  • ChFC®
  • CLU®

Four Steps For Success​​​​

  1. Choose the designation or certification program you want to pursue. Each will consist of a number of courses, some or all of which are required (some programs also include electives). These are college-level courses, and they require work and preparation to complete successfully.  
     
  2. For Personal Pathway™ courses, you’ll have instant access to your digital textbook, course syllabus and other learning resources. You can start exploring these online tools before your course begins! Each course starts on the first Thursday of every month.
     
  3. Schedule your course's exam at a local testing center sometime within your testing window. You’ll learn your exam results at the testing center, and you will get your official grade report back from The College a few days later. If you’re in a Personal Pathway™ course, remember that you can’t schedule your exam until you’ve completed the course requirements. Also, your course's final exam grade is not your final course grade, so it’s important to wait for your official grade report. If your employer reimburses for the courses you pass, you can apply for reimbursement after you receive your final grade report via email.
     
  4. Sign up for your next course quickly! Our most successful students leverage their success by moving from one course straight into the next requirement. Those who take this approach are the most likely to complete their chosen program in a timely way. Personal Pathway™ courses start the first Thursday of each month, so make sure you’re prepared to enroll ahead of time!

​​​​​​Personal Pathway™ courses are the epitome of  21st-century e-learning, with a curriculum developed by The College’s expert faculty to leverage the technological possibilities of our best-in-class learning management system. No more high-stakes course final exams – as graded coursework within your experience helps remove that pressure and improve learning retention. You can follow the recommended learning path or learn at your own pace in an environment focused on optionality and experiences – read and go through real-world examples, watch videos, participate in discussion forums, and go through lesson reviews filled with rich multimedia components.

To learn more about this re-imagined experience, visit www.theamericancollege.edu/PersonalPathway.

Exceptional support tools to match your busy schedule.

The College's self-study option is available for some courses in its core professional designation programs, including:

  • CFP® certification education
  • CLU®
  • ChFC®
  • RICP®

The self-study path is also available for many courses in the popular Master of Science in Financial Services (MSFS) degree (including the three CAP® philanthropy designation courses) and for the CLF® leadership program. In the master's and CLF® tracks, there is also a residency component to complete.

Four Steps For Success​​​​

  1. Choose the designation or certification program you want to pursue. Each will consist of a number of courses, some or all of which are required (some programs also include electives). These are college-level courses, and they require work and preparation to complete successfully. When you sign up, you’ll receive an exam ticket window during which you’ll need to schedule your proctored exam at a convenient local testing center.
     
  2. All the study material you need is included. Shortly after you register for your course, you’ll receive your textbooks and study material. You’ll also receive access to The College's online learning management system. Start by exploring the online tools we’ve developed to help you pass your exam: additional reading material, practice tests, audio reviews, video reviews for some courses, a discussion board, and more.
     
  3. Schedule your exam at a local testing center sometime within your testing window, and do it early so that you can plan your studies accordingly. You’ll learn your exam results at the testing center, and you’ll get your official grade report back from The College a few days later. If your employer reimburses for the courses you pass, you can apply for reimbursement after you receive your final grade report via email.
     
  4. Sign up for your next course quickly! Our most successful students leverage their success by moving from one course straight into the next requirement. Those who take this approach are the most likely to complete their chosen program in a timely way.

Webinars (FSCP®)

Attend live, moderator-led classes from your home or office computer. These interactive webinars offer a convenient, timesaving way to participate in classes without needing to travel. Attendance in six of eight sessions is required in order to complete the class. All students must submit assignments and complete weekly quizzes online.
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Final exams for all FSCP® courses (identified with the prefix “FA”) must be taken through The College's proctored online examination process (NY students will take a proctored paper-and-pencil exam). Students must satisfy the attendance requirements and have a moderator grade of at least 70 percent to be eligible to take the final exam. Guidelines for taking the exam and instructions for registering an exam proctor can be found online. Student and proctor exam eligibility emails are sent as soon as the student has met the exam eligibility requirements. Students have four weeks from the last class to take their exam.

Other Webinar Courses (CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®)

With a live online offering, you get the benefit of some of the best minds in the profession to help you master all of the challenging material in the course, and prepare you for the exam. The classes also allow you to ask questions, and the regularly scheduled sessions keep you on track to reach your goals. Attendance is not required, so you can review the archived sessions at your leisure to help you prepare for your final exam taken at a Pearson VUE Testing Center during your four-week exam window.

*Available for Huebner and FSCP® courses.

 

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Designed for students who like structure and face-to-face interaction with moderators and peers. A wide selection of classes are available in many U.S. cities from coast to coast.

For the students who have the flexibility to travel or to take time out for a local class, nothing beats a traditional classroom for superior learning. Turning off the cell phone, forgetting about deadlines and emails, and focusing on an outstanding instructor can help you grasp new concepts quickly.
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Final exams for all FSCP® courses (identified with the prefix “FA”) must be taken through The College's proctored online examination process (NY students will take a proctored paper-and-pencil exam). Students must satisfy the attendance requirements and have a moderator grade of at least 70 percent to be eligible to take the final exam. Guidelines for taking the exam and instructions for registering an exam proctor can be found online. Student and proctor exam eligibility emails are sent as soon as the student has met the exam eligibility requirements. (Students have four weeks from the last class to take their exam).

*Only Available FSCP® courses.

 

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