Sample TESU General Education Requirements Roadmap

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2019-2021 catalog[edit]

If you are still using the 2019-2021 catalog, you will need to follow those requirements. Do not follow this page unless you have switched to the 2022 catalog.

This page is a work in progress. If you have questions, please ask on the forum

AOS Requirements[edit]

This page is meant to apply to the General Education requirements for as many TESU degrees as possible. Some modification/additional planning may be needed for certain degrees. Sample degree plans currently available include:

Bachelor of Arts:

Bachelor of Science:

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration:

Business Core - Every BSBA degree requires these credits. You can think of them as "gen eds" for business.

If you are getting one of the above degrees, you may also want one of the "free" add-on Associate's degrees. Information regarding the additional courses that might be needed can be found on the associate degree plans page.

Information[edit]

As of 2021, TESU is requiring that students have at least 30 RA credits on their degree plan in order to be able to obtain their degree. The least expensive way to do this is by fulfilling General Education requirements via RA sources. The reason for this is that AOS courses from RA sources tend to be costly. The "right" way to fulfill these requirements will be different for every student. For instance, students who are weak in math may wish to avoid taking an intensive RA math class and might, instead, prefer to take an RA English Composition class. Students who are weak at writing but strong in math might prefer the reverse.

As a result, as many RA options are given as possible. This will allow students to choose the options that are best for them and their particular situation. A few things to keep in mind while creating your individual plan:

  • 6 RA credits will come from TESU in the form of the capstone and cornerstone.
  • The remaining 24 RA credits may come from anywhere as long as they are RA or RA-equivalent. They do not need to come from the same source; you are allowed to use a combination of sources to get to 24.
  • The absolute cheapest way to get actual RA credit is by taking LL TECEPs. If you want, you can simply choose 8 TECEPs from this list at TESU and then fill in the remaining slots from ACE/NCCRs sources. But since not everyone is willing or able to take 8 TECEPs, other options are listed where available.
  • If you didn't find this page until after finishing off your general education requirements with ACE/NCCRS sources, don't despair! RA credits will override or "push out" credits from alternative providers. You may wind up spending more on general education credits (and having to redo some courses) but the cost will still be lower than if you were to attempt to seek UL credits for your AOS from RA sources.
  • Courses listed below are ranked roughly in order of cost for a given section. Thus, TEL Learning will always appear first above other options, when available.

Non-American University Credits[edit]

For TESU's purposes, credits from any properly accredited/authorized foreign university will count as "RA-credits" as long as those credits have been evaluated by a recognized evaluation company. For students who do not have prior university credit, credits from Finnish universities can be a low-cost way to meet this requirement. Depending on the university and the course(s) chosen, a student may be able to get a few dozen credits for free and only pay the evaluation fee (approximately $200).

New Gen Ed Requirements[edit]

Unlike prior catalogs, the general education requirements are slightly different for different degrees. Some differences from previous catalogs and between individual degrees include:

  • If you use any 1 or 2 credit course to satisfy Gen Ed requirements, you will be required to bring in an extra Gen Ed class (or two) in order to ensure that your Gen Ed credits total at least 30 or 45 (depending on degree).
  • Associate degrees no longer have an Oral Communication or American Government/Civic Engagement requirement. Bachelor's degrees still do.
  • History is no longer considered part of Social Sciences but can now satisfy Humanities requirements.
  • Some degrees have a specific Social Sciences requirement. Other degrees only have Social Sciences and/or History and/or Humanities as a combined requirement.
  • Most degrees now have more "free electives" that allow students to take any course they feel like.
  • Some of the Gen Ed elective slots have now moved to additional AOS electives. These additional AOS electives will need to come from specific Gen Ed areas. Check your degree plan for details.

General Education Requirements[edit]

Bachelor's degrees need 45 credits, AA/AS degrees need 30 credits, and AAS degrees need 21 credits in total.

Part A. Intellectual and Practical Skills[edit]

Students seeking a BSBA degree should be aware that there are two required math courses in the General Education requirements. TESU generally expects Algebra and Statistics but will also accept CSM Learn for the second math requirement. Students may wish to get RA credits with Algebra and then use ACE credits to take either Sophia Statistics or CSM Learn.

ACE/NCCRS Options[edit]

Course Expected Recommended Course to Take Recommended Provider
Written Communication:
ENC-101 English Composition I
College Composition Modular CLEP
Written Communication:
ENC-101 English Composition I
English Composition I Sophia.org
Written Communication:
ENC-101 English Composition I
English 204: English Composition I Study.com
Written Communication:
ENC-102 English Composition II
English Composition II Sophia.org
Written Communication:
ENC-102 English Composition II
English 205: English Composition II Study.com
Written Communication (ENC-101 & 102) College Composition (w/Essay) CLEP
Oral Communication Public Speaking Sophia.org
Oral Communication Communications 120: Presentation Skills in the Workplace Study.com
Quantitative Literacy College Algebra Sophia.org
Quantitative Literacy Introduction to Statistics Sophia.org
Quantitative Literacy The CSM Course SeeMoreImpactLabs (formerly CSM Learn)
Quantitative Literacy College Mathematics CLEP
Quantitative Literacy College Algebra CLEP
Quantitative Literacy PreCalculus CLEP
Quantitative Literacy Calculus CLEP

RA Options[edit]

Written Communication

Course Expected Recommended Course to Take Recommended Provider/Info
ENC-101 English Composition I English Composition I TECEP
ENC-101 English Composition I ENG 1303 Language & Composition TEL Learning - Transcripted at Mid-America Christian University
ENC-102 English Composition II English Composition II TECEP
ENC-102 English Composition II ENG 2303 Literature & Composition TEL Learning - Transcripted at Mid-America Christian University

Oral Communication

Course Expected Recommended Course to Take Recommended Provider/Info
COM-209 Public Speaking COM 1103 Introduction to Communications TEL Learning - Transcripted at Mid-America Christian University
This public speaking course is significantly more work than Sophia's Public Speaking. You may want to choose a different course for RA credit.

Quantitative Literacy

Course Expected Recommended Course to Take Recommended Provider/Info
MAT-121 College Algebra or better Applied Liberal Arts Mathematics TECEP
MAT-121 College Algebra or better College Algebra TECEP
MAT-121 College Algebra or better MATH 1203 College Algebra TEL Learning - Transcripted at Mid-America Christian University
MAT-121 College Algebra or better Calculus I Outlier.org
MAT-121 College Algebra or better Intro to Statistics Outlier.org
MAT-121 College Algebra or better MAT-117 College Algebra and Problem Solving ASU Earned Admissions
Uses ALEKS platform for teaching
MAT-121 College Algebra or better MAT-210 Brief Calculus ASU Earned Admissions
Uses Gradarius platform for teaching

Information Literacy

Course Expected Recommended Course to Take Recommended Provider/Info
Information Literacy: SOS-110 Critical Information Literacy Cornerstone course This course can be taken via TESU or on EdX as a MicroBachelor's degree (it's just the one course).

Part B. Civic and Global Leadership[edit]

ACE/NCCRS Options[edit]

Course Expected Recommended Course to Take Recommended Provider
Diversity Intercultural Literacy Introduction to Sociology Sophia.org
Diversity Intercultural Literacy HS103 - History-Turning Points in Modern History 15th Century to Present OnlineDegree.com
Diversity Intercultural Literacy Introductory Sociology CLEP
Ethical Leadership Introduction to Ethics Sophia.org
Civic Engagement and Awareness American Government CIS Testing
Civic Engagement and Awareness POLSC201: Intro to Western Political Thought
or
POLSC221: Introduction to Comparative Politics
Saylor Academy
Civic Engagement and Awareness Political Science 103: Comparative Politics Study.com
Civic Engagement and Awareness American Government CLEP

RA Options[edit]

Course Expected Recommended Course to Take Recommended Provider/Info
Diversity Intercultural Literacy Introduction to Christianity TEL Learning transcripted at Lane College
Intro to Christianity transcripts as REL 234: Church History at Lane College. Based on TESU offerings, this should meet the requirement.
Diversity Intercultural Literacy SOC-101 Introduction to Sociology ASU UL
Ethical Leadership PHL-105 Introduction to Ethics Waubonsee Community College This is not a cost-effective option. It is only offered as an example. You may be able to find a cheaper option elsewhere or you may wish to use an ACE/NCCRS course for this slot.
Ethical Leadership CS 113D Ethics and Technology NMJC Check with TESU advisor to confirm that this course will work in this slot. This course has a prerequisite and may not be available to all students.
Civic Engagement American Government TEL Learning Transcripted at Mid-America Christian University

Part C. Knowledge of Human Cultures[edit]

Check your degree plan for the exact number of credits that are needed. For Bachelor's degrees, you can expect the following credit requirements: 1 class (3 credits) in Social Sciences, 1 class (3 credits) in History, 1 class (3 credits) in Humanities, and 2 classes (6 credits) in your choice of Social Sciences/History/Humanities.

Some of these courses are used in the AOS for specific degrees. For instance, US History is an AOS class for History degrees and Macro/Microeconomics are both needed for BSBA degrees. If this applies to you, you will need to choose different options to fulfill this requirement.

Social Sciences includes: anthropology, (some) administration of justice/criminal justice, economics, global issues/social justice, world geography, homeland security, (some) leadership, organizational behavior, politics, psychology, sociology.

Humanities includes: Art, communication, English/writing, journalism, literature, music, philosophy, religion, foreign languages.

These are not exhaustive lists but should give you a good idea of what to choose when trying to fill these slots.

ACE/NCCRS Options[edit]

Social Sciences[edit]

Course Expected Recommended Course to Take Recommended Provider
Social Sciences Microeconomics Sophia.org
Social Sciences Macroeconomics Sophia.org
Social Sciences PSY-101 - Intro to Psychology OnlineDegree.com

If you have the old Introduction to Psychology course from Sophia, that will fill this requirement. If you have the new class Introduction to Psychology: Smarter Decisions Through Psychology, that one is only a free elective and does not count for this requirement.

History[edit]

Course Expected Recommended Course to Take Recommended Provider
History US History I Sophia.org
History US History II Sophia.org
History U.S. History: Learn from the Past, Prepare for the Future Sophia.org
History HS103 - History-Turning Points in Modern History 15th Century to Present OnlineDegree.com
History History of the United States I CLEP
History History of the United States II CLEP

Students who are going for a history degree will need to use US History I & II for their AOS. Choose a different course for this requirement.

Humanities[edit]

Course Expected Recommended Course to Take Recommended Provider
Humanities Art History I Sophia.org
Humanities Art History II Sophia.org
Humanities Conflict Resolution Sophia.org
Humanities Workplace Communications Sophia.org
Humanities Visual Communications Sophia.org
Humanities Ancient Greek Philosophers Sophia.org

A large number of CLEP exams fulfill this requirement at TESU. Please see their equivalencies page to find out what might or might not work for your degree.

RA Options[edit]

Social Sciences[edit]

Course Expected Recommended Course to Take Recommended Provider/Info
Social Sciences Principles of Psychology TEL Learning transcripted at Mid-America Christian University
Social Sciences Intro to Psychology Outlier.org
Social Sciences Intro to Microeconomics Outlier.org
Social Sciences ECN-211 Macroeconomic Principles ASU Universal Learner
Social Sciences ECN-212 Microeconomic Principles: Decision Making Under Scarcity ASU Universal Learner
Social Sciences ASM-246 Human Origins ASU Universal Learner
Social Sciences SOC-101 Introduction to Sociology ASU Universal Learner
Social Sciences PSY-101 Introduction to Psychology ASU Universal Learner

History[edit]

Course Expected Recommended Course to Take Recommended Provider/Info
History United States History I TEL Learning transcripted at Mid-America Christian University
History United States History II TEL Learning transcripted at Mid-America Christian University
History World Civilizations I TEL Learning transcripted at Mid-America Christian University
History HIST 2020: US History II East Tennessee State University OpenBUCS
History HST-102 Europe and the Mediterranean: Ancient and Medieval ASU Universal Learner

Humanities[edit]

Course Expected Recommended Course to Take Recommended Provider/Info
Humanities MUSC 1030: Intro to Music East Tennessee State University OpenBUCS
Humanities COM-100 Introduction to Human Communication ASU Universal Learner
Humanities Intro to Philosophy Outlier.org
Humanities Introduction to Christianity TEL Learning transcripted at Lane Collge

Part D. Scientific Knowledge[edit]

Some of these courses may fit into the AOS for your degree; you'd need to choose a different option to fulfill these requirements if that is the case.

Accepted topics include: forensic science, astronomy, biology, chemistry, computers & computer programming, earth science, environmntal science, fitness, geology, gerontology, biomedical ethics, physics, physiological psychology

ACE/NCCRS Options[edit]

Course Expected Recommended Course to Take Recommended Provider
Sciences Environmental Science Sophia.org
Sciences Introduction to Human Biology Sophia.org
Sciences Introduction to Information Technology Sophia.org
Sciences Introduction to Chemistry Sophia.org
Sciences Biology CLEP
Sciences Chemistry CLEP
Sciences Natural Sciences CLEP
Sciences NU102 - Nutrition & Health-Body Sculpting with Diet & Exercise
Not yet guaranteed to fit this requirement
OnlineDegree.com
Sciences BG101 - Biology-Organisms and Ecosystems OnlineDegree.com
Sciences EV103 - Environmental Science-Climate Change and the Cryosphere OnlineDegree.com
Sciences CS101 - Computer Science-Introduction to Programming OnlineDegree.com

RA Options[edit]

Course Expected Recommended Course to Take Recommended Provider/Info
Sciences Chemistry I (with or without lab) TEL Learning
Sciences Introduction to Biology (with or without lab) TEL Learning
Sciences Physical Sciences (with or without lab) TEL Learning
Sciences Introduction to Information Technology TEL Learning
Sciences AST-111 (includes lab) ASU UL
Course lab requires the use of advanced algebra concepts. It is still theoretically possible to pass with at least a C grade even with a low grade in the lab portion.
Sciences CHM-114 General Chemistry for Engineers (includes lab) ASU UL
This is a very workload-heavy class. It is not recommended for students who do not already have a solid background in chemistry.
Sciences CIS-105 Computer Applications & Information Technology ASU UL
Duplicates Sophia's Intro to IT.
Sciences Intro to Astronomy Outlier.org

Electives[edit]

TESU has done away with GE electives for any degree enrolled in as of 7/1/21. There are now AOS electives (depending on your degree) and Free Electives. Different degree plans have a different number of electives that are required to make up the credit requirements. Check your degree plan for details.

Free Electives can literally be any college-level course. The course Food Styling at Coopersmith would be a good example of a Free Elective because it does not fit into any degree requirements but you can still get credit for this course. Other common Free Electives are courses in Personal Finance, Health, Welding, Nursing, Business (if you're not a BSBA major), etc.


Free Electives[edit]

ACE/NCCRS Options[edit]

Business options can/will be used in the Business core/AOS when seeking a BSBA degree.

Course Expected Recommended Course to Take Recommended Provider
Elective Intro to Business Sophia.org
Elective Accounting Sophia.org
Elective Project Management Sophia.org
Elective Developing Effective Teams (1 credit) Sophia.org
Elective Principles of Finance Sophia.org
Elective Business Law Sophia.org
Elective Communication at Work Sophia.org
Elective Cybersecurity (10 credits) TEEX

RA Options[edit]

Course Expected Recommended Course to Take Recommended Provider/Info
Elective Anything here TECEP
Elective Any course not yet taken TEL Learning
TESU may or may not accept College Readiness as an elective at all.
Elective Any course not yet taken ASU Universal Learner