Core Courses Entirely Online!
eCore - short for electronic core-curriculum - allows University System of Georgia (USG) students the opportunity to complete the first two years of their collegiate careers in an online environment. eCore courses are taught entirely online, except for the occasional proctored exam. eCore courses are designed, developed, taught and supported by faculty and staff from the USG.
eCore is a convenient and adaptable option for either getting started in college or for resuming college after a break or pause. The core curriculum primarily consists of courses required during the first two years of college for a given degree. Not all core curriculum classes are available via eCore; you may need to take some core classes in a traditional classroom setting.
Benefits for Students who Enroll in eCore Include:
Transferability of Courses
Credits earned in eCore courses will transfer to institutions within the University System of Georgia (view map) and to most other colleges and universities. However, before registering for an eCore course, consult your campus liaison to determine if courses fit your chosen major’s program of study.
Affordable Tuition Rate
Tuition for eCore classes is $189 per credit hour. This tuition rate is the same for either Georgia resident or non-resident students. Additional expenses include textbooks, course materials, test proctoring charges, and technology fees. Students do not pay activity or parking fees unless they register for both eCore and traditional on-campus classes within the same semester.
eCore courses are offered by several institutions within the USG. These institutions are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Convenience and Flexibility
eCore is designed to expand a student's educational experiences independent of time, location, and physical boundaries.
Although eCore classes are taught on the Internet, they are not like independent study or self-paced courses where students work by themselves or at their own pace. Each eCore course has a syllabus and schedule to follow. Instructors specify the content to be covered in the course, dates for exams and quizzes, individual and group assignments and other activities that students must complete by a particular date.
Courses follow the traditional academic semester calendar; therefore, students cannot start and stop classes at any time. Students also are expected to participate in the course on a regular basis and interact with the instructor and other students in the course. Participation is defined by the instructor, and typically includes completing assignments, working on group projects, taking exams, and posting email comments. The eCore classes are very similar to traditional on-campus classes, with the exception that the courses are taught on the Internet.
Highly Qualified Instructors
Highly qualified faculty members from universities and colleges throughout the University System of Georgia are nominated by their institutions to teach eCore classes. Current eCore faculty members include leaders in innovative teaching practices and published researchers as well as several emeritus professors and current academic department chairs. These faculty members are committed to offering superior online instruction and to improving access to higher education in Georgia and throughout the world.
Accessible Course Design
Courses comply with ADA and Section 508 requirements to meet the students with disabilities or special needs.