Frequently Asked Questions
Distance Ed (DE) is any instruction that takes place outside the main campus classroom setting. Classes offered through DE are regular UH classes taught by UH faculty and have the same prerequisites and requirements as classes taken on campus.
All of the MED/PE classes are offered online only.
To access your classes you'll need to go online to the WEBCT website. Click on the New Users link and follow the directions to get your login ID and to use the website to access your classes.
Contact your instructor by phone or email. Numbers and email addresses for most faculty are available on the Distance Ed website or through WebCT. Once class starts you should also get contact information for any teaching assistants working with your class. Try contacting the teaching assistant if your instructor is not available. When you leave a message for an instructor, clearly state your contact information and details of why you are calling. Allow enough time for the professor to respond. Professors and teaching assistants are always available to answer your questions and address your concerns.
How do I take my tests? Do I have to come to campus?
All tests and quizzes and homework assignments are administered online for your convenience. You don't have to come to campus until you take your comp exams!
Taking a class online at UH costs the same as if you took the class in the classroom. There are no extra fees for taking the classes online.
The cost for the 36 hour credit hour degree program will vary according to whether you are eligible for in-state ( Texas ) or out of state tuition rates. It should be noted that there are a series of mandatory fees in addition to tuition fees. However, you will not be charged 'extra' for being an online student. Also note that tuition and fees are subject to change with the approval of the University of Houston 's Board of Regents. For more information on the cost of attending the University of Houston please visit http://www.uh.edu/financial/graduate/tuition-fees/index.php
To apply for financial aid, you need to complete a Financial Aid Federal Services Application (FAFSA). You can pick up a copy of the application from the Financial Aid office at UH, request an application to be mailed to you, or you can complete a FAFSA online. For more financial aid and loan information, check out the Student Financial Services webpage.
The University of Houston offers various teaching certification plans that will allow you to teach in the public schools in Texas. Depending on how much deficiency coursework you need, all of the courses may count for your Master Degree if taken on the graduate level. Additionally, you must be admitted to the graduate program before or during the first semester of coursework. Please refer to the admissions section of this website for information and requirements regarding admissions to the Online Master of Education in Physical Education Program. For information on how to apply for a teaching certification program at UH how to apply, please visit the teaching certification program website.
Yes, you can transfer up to 9 hours of approved graduate courses from other schools. The classes that you take t UH are also transferable to other schools AND there is no thesis requirement! You just take the 36 hours of required courses.
Through the Distance Education program you'll have an Academic Advisor who will help you through the admissions and registration process. Just call the advisor at 713-718-7626 or at 713-743-9835 if you have any questions.
A degree plan is a document outlining which courses you will take to graduate. It must be approved by your major department.
You can buy books on campus at the bookstore or order online. With the online university bookstore you can purchase new or used books for all your classes. Have books delivered right to your door or ask to pick them up from the UH main campus.
The Cougar One Card is the student ID card at the University of Houston. You do not need to have a Cougar One Card to access resources at the University of Houston if you are distance education student. You do however need to know your student ID number.
Your student ID number is a unique number to you. Your student ID number is no longer your social security number (SSN). Your student ID number can be used to access resources at the University of Houston, such as library services.
- You can find you student ID number here, if you don't have one you can request it here: https://my.uh.edu/
- If you are still having problems finding your ID number you can contact the MEd advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org
To use the HA number to access library services, students should go to the library website and log in with their LAST NAME and their library ID/Barcode. The library ID/Barcode is the HA number with the numbers 101 used to replace HA. So for example if my HA ID is HA123456 then my library ID is 101123456
No. Like all on-campus students, you'll need to keep up with course material every week and complete assignments or exams as scheduled by the instructor. You can, though, "go to class" anytime you can fit it into your schedule and take as many or as few classes as you feel like taking per semester.
On your first day of class check the exam schedule on your syllabus and talk to your instructor about any possible conflicts right away.
Application deadlines for Distance Education students are the same as for all UH students. Your specific deadline depends on your department.