Gulf Coast State College defines credit hour in accordance with both state and federal definitions.
Definition of Credit Hour
- Florida Department of Education’s Definition of Credit Hour:
“College credit is the type of credit assigned by Florida College System institutions to courses or course equivalent learning that is part of an organized and specified program leading to a baccalaureate, associate degree, certificate, or Applied Technology Diploma pursuant to the stipulations in subsections (2) through (9). One (1) college credit is based on the learning expected from the equivalent of fifteen (15) fifty-minute periods of classroom instruction; with credits for such activities as laboratory instruction, internships, and clinical experience determined by the institution based on the proportion of direct instruction to the laboratory exercise, internship hours, or clinical practice hours. [Florida Administrative Code, Rule 6A-14.030]
- Federal Definition of Credit Hour Adopted by SACSCOC:
“Not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours out of class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester. . .of credit. . . or an equivalent amount of work for a different amount of time.”
[“Credit Hours,” Policy Statement, SACSCOC, Aug. 2018 ed.]
Between work and family, most of us have extremely busy schedules. Recognizing that flexible scheduling is important, Gulf Coast addresses these individual student needs by providing multiple scheduling opportunities.
- E-Learning/Distance Education Hybrid Classes (a combination of online and/or distance education with some in-class, face to face meetings)
- Evening Only
Look for the following instructional methods when planning your schedule.
- Lecture/Lab (Combination of Both)
- Lecture (Face to Face)
- Clinical (Observation/Application)
- Hybrid (Face to Face/On-line)
- Lab (Hands on Demonstration)
- Web Based Course
If you’re looking for online or Web-based classes, look no further. What was once known as “distance education” has evolved to “E-Learning” at GCSC. These classes are offered in part, or entirely, online. In fact, entire degrees can be achieved through E-Learning at Gulf Coast State College. Each semester, we offer more than 150 sections of courses online. The E-Learning Department is your connection to the most accessible courses on campus, and beyond.
Details for each online course can be found at https://www.gulfcoast.edu/academics/elearning/. Visit this Web site or call, (850) 913-3268.