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Nontraditional Courses

Nontraditional courses include classes taught online or through blended learning, distance learning, credit recovery, independent study, or similar means.

For a nontraditional program to be approved, the courses must meet the following requirements:

  • The courses must meet NCAA core-course requirements.
  • The courses must have ongoing and regular teacher-initiated interaction for the purposes of teaching, evaluating, and providing assistance throughout the duration of the course. This may include synchronous or asynchronous instructive interaction, including emails, videoconferencing, online chats, phone calls, and feedback on assessments.
  • The courses must have a defined time period for completion. This means the nontraditional program must identify the fastest and slowest paths to successfully complete a course.
  • Please see Nontraditional Courses (NCAA Bylaw 14.3.1.2.2.) for a complete list of requirements.

If a nontraditional course or program at your high school has not yet been reviewed by the NCAA, please contact the NCAA Eligibility Center at 877-622-2321 to begin the review process.

Credit recovery programs

Many high schools offer credit recovery or credit retrieval programs for students to receive credit for a course they previously failed.

For a credit recovery program to be approved, the courses must meet the following requirements:

  • The courses must meet NCAA core-course requirements, and in some instances, nontraditional course requirements.
  • The high school must follow its credit recovery policies, regardless if the student is an athlete. The NCAA Eligibility Center may request the high school's policy, if necessary.
  • Repeated courses must be substantially comparable, qualitatively and quantitatively, to the previously attempted course.