For most people, putting everything on hold to earn a degree isn't an option. That’s why the flexibility of online learning is a great option. But what is online learning like? The major questions you likely have are about the class experience, course delivery and what support you'll have.

Southeast Online courses are taught by the same knowledgeable faculty who teach our on-campus courses, giving you the flexibility of online without compromising the quality of your education.

Online courses have start and end dates, based on the University calendar, and are split into fall semester, winter session, spring semester, and summer session. You can choose between 16-week and 8-week courses in the fall and spring semesters, 4-week courses in winter session, and 12-week, 8-week, 6-week, and 4-week courses in the summer. This means there are multiple entry points to start classes throughout the year.

There are no regularly scheduled meeting times for your online courses, and you will complete most coursework on your own schedule by an assigned date. You'll typically have fewer classes in winter and summer sessions with the bulk of your classes in the fall and spring semesters.  

Instead of classroom conversations, you'll interact and connect with your peers and professors through discussion forums, emails and occasionally group assignments.

Southeast Online also uses a variety of instructional tools to facilitate learning. You can expect to see content posted as  

  • Web Pages  
  • PowerPoint Slides  
  • PDF or Word documents  
  • Video or audio files  
  • Links to other Internet resources and supplemental materials 

Southeast uses a learning management system (LMS), called Canvas. Canvas is the course-management software where you will find your class content, contribute to forums, and submit your assignments.  

Try out our Demo Class to see how our online classes are organized. Only students who are currently enrolled in a Canvas course can access the Student Demo Course at this time.

We recommend you have convenient access to a computer with a high-speed Internet connection. Our IT Department recommends your equipment meets the following criteria.

We know getting a degree is big. If you're here, it's because you have big goals. Our faculty and staff are focused on providing you with the support to reach your goals. We're here at every step.

Your Academic Advisor, referred to as an Online Program Specialist (OPS), will guide you from first enrollment to graduation. Your OPS will help get you enrolled and set a plan of study for the semester. You will receive a detailed advising summary outlining your remaining degree requirements, recommended classes, and other important information for a rewarding semester. Your OPS is committed to your success as an online learner. 

As a student with Southeast Online, you have full access to all University resources, such as Kent Library, Career Services, Information Technology support, the Writing Center, River Campus events, participation in the University’s extra-curricular events and organizations, and more!  

Learn more about your resources as a Southeast student. 

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Kent Library 305
Mailing Address
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Cape Girardeau, MO 63701