March to your own drummer.
Gateway University offers unique and unmatched flexibility in course designs. Students may meet academic requirements through a choice of 7 course designs:
- Mentored Course.
- Directed Independent Study Course.
- Gateway Learning Packet.
- Gateway Audio Classes.
- Gateway On-Site Classes.
- Community-Based Classes.
- Live Internet Classes.
Each course design is decided in Program Planning meetings with the student’s mentor and agreed upon in a Learning Contract. Attendance requirements vary for each of the course formats.
Mentored courses involve one-on-one sessions between a student and a Gateway mentor. Twenty-four hour cancellation notice is required to reschedule a mentoring session. There is a $25.00 Mentor Cancellation Fee for missed mentoring sessions without 24 hour notification. A Mentored Course can be done in person, over the phone, through the mail, or by the web. Mentored sessions are one hour in length. Mentoring is valuable for students who travel or those who desire distance learning. The value of mentoring as a learning style is that the student gets 100% attention in the class. Mentoring subjects vary widely, from courses listed in the catalogue, to courses that are created to serve the student’s interests. Such individualized courses are designed with the mentor both to meet academic standards and the student’s joy in learning. Mentored Course attendance allows a minimum of one session per month. The maximum number of mentored sessions is one hour per week.
Directed Independent Study Course
Directed Independent Study Courses are for the mature student who is competent at research and deeply committed to a learning goal. For undergraduate programs, three books are required on a single subject. For advanced degrees, the student reads five books with additional research from a bibliography or independent research. The student writes a paper demonstrating knowledge of the material covered in the texts. Directed Independent Study Courses are not mentored. DIS appeals to highly motivated, mature, academically experienced students who are comfortable with independent study and who enjoy freedom in research. Learning Contracts for Directed Independent Study can last from one to three months depending upon the student’s depth of interest.
Gateway Learning Packet
Gateway Learning Packets are specially designed learning modules, available for all Degree and Ministerial Program core curriculum. Learning Packets are sent through the mail or by e-mail. Reading and writing assignments, study questions, self-discovery exercises, research, and video/film assignments comprise the Gateway Learning Packets. Learning Packets are part of the distance learning capacity of Gateway University. Gateway Learning Packets can be designed for one to three months, depending upon the student’s depth of interest. Gateway Audio Classes The student listens to one of the 421 audio selections in the Gateway Audio Curriculum and writes a paper over-viewing and demonstrating specific knowledge of the class contents. Gateway Audio Classes are great for people on the go since they can be heard during travel time. The student is allowed to do as many Gateway Audio Classes simultaneously as approved by her mentor. Learning Assessments must be completed within one month of assignment. There may be an audio selection fee.
Gateway On-Site Classes
Gateway On-Site Classes can be completed via teleseminars, webinars, or on-site Gateway learning circles. On-Site Classes vary from one to three hours per week to weekend intensives of ten hours per day. To receive transcript credit, attendance is required for 75% of the classes in a series. Community-Based Classes Students may attend approved community-based workshops offered outside of Gateway, at their own expense. By designing a Learning Contract with his mentor, the student may receive academic credit toward program completion. Learning Contracts for Community-Based Classes must be agreed upon during regularly scheduled Program Planning Sessions. To receive transcript credit, attendance is required for 75% of the classes in a series.
Community Based Classes
Students may attend approved community-based workshops offered outside of Gateway at their own expense. By designing a Learning Contract with her mentor, the student may receive academic credit toward program completion. Learning Contracts for Community-Based Classes must be agreed upon during regularly scheduled Program Planning Sessions. To receive transcript credit, attendance is required at 75% of the classes in a series.