Online Course Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do the classes meet at a specific time during the week?
A: No, all of YALSA’s online courses are offered asynchronously so you can complete the coursework at a time that is most convenient for you!

Q: What is the time commitment for the courses?
A: Participants are asked to commit 10 hours to the class, which works out to two and a half hours a week.

Q: Can I receive college credit for these courses?
A: At this time YALSA is not offering courses in conjunction with an institution of higher learning, so no college course credits will be earned by participants

Q: Can I receive continuing education credit for these courses?
A: YALSA’s courses are the equivalent of 10 contact hours. Upon successful completion of the course, YALSA will issue you a certificate of completion indicating the number of contact hours. Since continuing education requirements differ by state and school district, so it is best to check with your institution as to whether they will accept YALSA’s contact hours for continuing education credit.

Q: How do I know when a class will be offered next?
A: YALSA offers its online classes on a rotating basis. If you are interesting in a class that is not currently offered please contact Linda Braun, YALSA’s classes can be licensed for presentation by your organization at any time.

Q: Who should I contact if I have questions about a course?
A: Any questions about YALSA’s online courses should be directed to Linda Braun at

Q: How much do the courses cost?
A: A four week course costs $135 for YALSA members, $175 for ALA members and $195 for nonmembers. A six week course costs $149 for YALSA members, $195 for ALA members and $215 for nonmembers.

Q: How do I register for the online courses?
A: Registration is available online. At the registration page located the course in which you are interested. On the right hand side of the page next to the course name there is a link titled “Register” follow that link and you will be asked to sign in with your ALA login and password and complete the registration process with a credit card (if you are not an ALA member, you can still register online with a credit card, you will just need to build a basic profile).

Q: Can I pay for the online courses with a check or purchase order?
A: Yes, if you would like to pay for a course by check or purchase order, please contact Linda Braun for a registration form. Please include a copy of the purchase order along with the registration form. Forms can be either mailed or faxed. Please be aware that your registration will not be confirmed until we have received your registration form and check or purchase order.

Q: Does YALSA provide scholarships to help defray the cost of the courses?
A: At this time, YALSA does not provide any financial assistance to students.

Q: I’ve registered for a course. How do I access it?
A: You will receive an email containing your login information one business day prior to the first day of the class. To sign in to the class, please go to and enter your username and password. If you have previously taken an online class with YALSA, your login information will remain the same. Please remember that you will not be able to access the course content until noon on the first day of class.