Introduction to Distance Education

Distance Education

Southern Union is committed to offering quality education for students that is affordable, accessible, equitable, and responsive to the diverse needs of its students. One way we meet this part of our mission is through offering courses that are accessible through our online, hybrid, and virtual course offerings. Southern Union now offers 80 or more courses through distance education. 

Distance Education courses are transferable to other accredited colleges and universities the same as the traditional face-to-face courses. If you are interested in finding out more about which courses from Southern Union are applicable to your program of study, you should discuss this with an academic advisor.


At Southern Union, a general education degree and short certificate may be earned entirely through distance education.  These are the Associate in Science Degree, a 60-64 credit hour associate degree consisting of general education core courses, and the General Education Short Certificate that requires a minimum of 29 credit hours of coursework.  (Stay tuned for additional online degrees/certificates as our online offerings are constantly increasing.)

Students who enroll in an online course are responsible for having enough computer skills to accomplish the tasks that will be expected of them.  The student should be aware that online instructors are not responsible for teaching these skills within the course.  If you do not possess these technical skills, you may want to take a computer class to increase your computer knowledge before you attempt an online class.

In addition to possessing the technical skills needed to be successful, you also must have access to the required technology.  Check out these technology requirements before you register for online courses so that you can be successful!

Now, if you have determined you are ready to begin, or continue, your educational journey through distance education,  the steps to register for online or hybrid courses are the same as those for registering for our traditional courses.  Click here to find the steps to follow for application and class registration.  Through the Banner online class schedule lookup, you can limit the courses to online or hybrid to find a listing of all online courses offered at Southern Union. 

After you register for your classes, an account will be created in our learning management system, Canvas.  That account will contain links to all of the courses you will enroll in while you are at Southern Union.  When classes begin for the semester, you will be able to access those course links to find directions and content for completing your online course. For more information about Canvas and how to login to your Canvas account, visit the Online Services link.

The final exam for online, virtual, and specific hybrid courses will be conducted online with the use of a remote live proctoring solution called ProctorU.  An additional fee of $20 is added to each course to cover the cost of proctoring. A note accompanies each course on the dynamic schedule to indicate which courses require the fee and live-proctoring.

Now that you are considering joining the hundreds of other SUSCC students who have chosen to take an online or hybrid course, check out these myths and facts about Distance Education.  Once you have read the myths and facts about online education, you should assess whether you are ready. We want you to be successful in your college coursework! If you are new to distance education classes, be sure to take the Online Learning Readiness Assessment located at this link.