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Understanding NCAA Eligibility for Your School and Students

August 01, 2014
Understanding NCAA Eligibility for Your School and Students

If you teach at a school or in a district with students with aspirations of participating in collegiate athletics, we can help you with the process and requirements for NCAA eligibility. Requirements do change, so it's important to review both the requirements and your school or district's status before the beginning of another academic year. Let's take a quick look at some of the requirements for non-traditional course (online) eligibility.

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Helpful Facts About NCAA Eligibility

Schools and their staff are responsible for ensuring each of their non-traditional courses are vetted through the NCAA. Non-traditional courses include but are not limited to online, blended or virtual learning, and correspondence or independent study courses. It's important to note that the NCAA does not permit acceleration or "testing out" of particular content in a course. Many digital curriculum programs are customizable and students are able to accelerate through content, but where NCAA eligibility is concerned this is to be avoided.

Teachers of non-traditional courses play a key role in ensuring students will ultimately be deemed eligible by the NCAA. Teachers are to provide college prep level instruction, initiate regular communication, ask probing questions, evaluate student work and assessments, provide written feedback, and assign a final grade. These actions must also be documented and always initiated by the teacher in order to comply.

Would you like to learn more about NCAA eligibility? Watch our webinar.

Schools and districts may offer NCAA eligible online courses through the Apex Learning Virtual School. A course list is available on the NCAA website.

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