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Connect from anywhere! All our classes are online.

Students have a protected course website where supplemental reading, presentations, assignments, discussion boards  and more are located. In addition, most classes meet on regularly scheduled days for a live web conference that lasts approximately 60-90 minutes.

This means that your computer needs to meet the following minimum specifications:

Minimum Hardware Requirements

  • An Internet connection is required: Cable modem, broadband, or DSL is highly recommended (if this is not available in your area, then there may be additional charges to provide course materials in a CD format, rather than on-line).
  • Your computer should be a minimum of a 1GHz CPU with 2 GB of RAM, at least 5 Gig of free hard drive space and, optionally, a DVD drive.
  • A computer microphone and headset is required and a webcam is recommended.

Minimum software and OS requirements

  • A word processor that can read and write .RTF files and read and write .DOC files
  • A spreadsheet program that can read or write to the MS Excel .xls format
  • A presentation program that can read or write to the MS PowerPoint .ppt format

Windows users:

  • Windows® 2000 or higher, including XP, Vista, Windows 7
  • Internet Explorer® 7.0 or newer, or Mozilla® Firefox® 2.0 or newer (JavaScript™ and Java™ enabled)

Macintosh Users

  • Mac OS® X 10.4 (Tiger®) or newer
  • Safari™ 3.0 or newer, Firefox 2.0 or newer; (JavaScript and Java enabled)

Linux Users

  • If you are using Linux, you will be able to access the course site, but you will not be able to use the required conferencing software from GoToMeeting unless you have Wine or some other Windows emulator and know how to configure Windows applications to run under Linux.

Office Software

If you do not have Microsoft Office software (for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations), you can download Open Office for free. This excellent open source software is similar to Microsoft Office and includes Writer (equivalent to Word), Calc (equivalent to Excel) and Impress (equivalent to PowerPoint). It will read and write MS Office documents and understands .doc, .rtf, .xls and .ppt file formats.

Visit www.openoffice.org for more information.

Computer Experience

Even though students are expected to take an introduction to computers, you still need the following skills and capabilities before you begin your classes:

1. Know how to open, create, save, print, and move files on or from your computer, including to and from CD’s/DVD’s.

2. Know how to install software on your computer.

3. Be able to access the World Wide Web (www) at least two times a week.

4. Know how to download and print documents from the internet.

5. Have an active e-mail address and know how to send and receive e-mail messages.

6. Know how to attach a file to e-mail and open a file attachment.

7. Know how to "copy and paste" text to and from office applications, the internet and e-mail.

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    enewberg@kepler.edu (Enid Newberg) Overview & Admissions Tue, 20 Jul 2010 19:25:26 +0000
    Enrollment Information http://www.kepler.edu/home/index.php/certificate-overview/item/337-registration-information http://www.kepler.edu/home/index.php/certificate-overview/item/337-registration-information Enrollment Information

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    Students who want to register for a course can simply sign up before the term begins. Students can take a short workshop, a single longer course, an entire certificate or a full diploma. Certificates consist of 2 or 3 courses focusing on a particular topic area, with each course taking at least 10 weeks to complete. Click here to see our catalog of courses.

    For example, the Relationships & Counseling certificate consists of three 4-unit courses that focus on developing counseling skills and applying those skills to working with clients on relationship issues connected to spouses, children, friends, or partners.

    Similar to the college credit, a unit is a measure of the time required to successfully work through the material covered. Our classes are in-depth, so expect to spend 2-3 hours per week per unit.

    Tuition for Certificate and Certificate Diploma Courses

    • $40.00 one time registration fee for new students
    • $530.00 (10 weeks / 4 units) 1 course (expect to spend up to 8-12 hours per week working on the material)
    • $150.00 (10 weeks / 1 unit) Chart Mechanics (calculation) Levels I and II; course can be repeated for $75
      • For a student currently enrolled in or who has completed in the Fundamentals (for M101) or Movement (for M102) certificates: $100
    • Completing a 3-course certificate: Taking one course per term, it takes 9 months to complete the entire certificate. An individual course is $530.00, so the entire certificate of 3 courses would cost $1,590.00.
    • Completing the Certificate Diploma: The Program Diploma requires 12 courses plus the two math calculation labs.  Taking one class per term (except when completing the math) it would take 3 years to complete the entire certificate, for a total cost of $6,510. The diploma automatically grants NCGR Level III certification.
    • Tuition for workshops and focus seminars: Workshops and focus seminars range from 3 hours to several weeks in length and can cost between $25 and $295. They generally do not have a course website as the focus is on the live meetings. Whether or not they can attend a particular session in person, students will receive a link to download a copy of the recording. 

    Fees

    Upon request, introductory courses (Fundamentals & Moving the Chart Certificates) can be taken over two terms. Payment must be received before starting the first term.

    Students will be entered into their courses at least one day prior to the start date of the course.

    Tuition covers:

    • A dedicated online course site with supplemental readings, presentations, online discussion forums, assignments, and in many courses quizzes to help you test your own learning.
    • Access to the "student lounge" which provides additional useful resources including the student handbook, online ephemeris, free-form online discussions.
    • Recordings of the live sessions

    Tuition in courses costing $530 per term also covers:

    • A 3-month subscription to the Marion D. March Electronic library which includes electronic research databases, over 1,200 e-books from the 17th to early 20th centuries, and links to additional valuable Internet resources.
    • A 3-month subscription to the Kepler Community Center, where students can create their own study or interest groups using Kepler's online course software and conferencing service (for example, there is currently a research study group that meets on Fridays). Students who wish to continue their involvement when they are not enrolled, can participate at $10 per quarter or $40 per year.

    When you are enrolled, you will be able to communicate with fellow students in your course through the online discussion forums and via email. After you have completed your registration, we will send you any additional information regarding your class (such as any additional information on required books) at least one week prior to the start of class. New students will also be enrolled in the orientation course. 

    Enroll Now! You can pay through Paypal or register and pay by check or credit card.

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      enewberg@kepler.edu (Enid Newberg) Overview & Admissions Mon, 04 Jan 2010 02:16:46 +0000
      The Kepler Certificate Program http://www.kepler.edu/home/index.php/certificate-overview/item/335-the-kepler-certificate-program http://www.kepler.edu/home/index.php/certificate-overview/item/335-the-kepler-certificate-program The Kepler Certificate Program

      We know that you are looking for value for your money. You want to finish the course not only knowing more, but able to put that knowledge to use.  And, you want to be able to evaluate the quality and usefulness of what you find when you set out to explore on your own. That's what a teacher is for, not to overwhelm you or impress you with their knowledge, but to give you the tools and skills you need to succeed. That is our commitment to you. We have brought over 12 years of cutting-edge experience in online academic education and transformed it into a program for you.

      What makes us different? We've been around the block! Our faculty have nearly 400 years combined experience in studying and practicing astrology. Many of our faculty are considered to be among the most preeminent astrologers in the world. All of our faculty believe in the value of high quality astrological education that goes beyond teaching just another technique.

      Click here to find when the next term begins

      Click here for our online catalog

      Click here for the student handbook

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        enewberg@kepler.edu (Enid Newberg) Overview & Admissions Wed, 05 Jan 2011 18:11:48 +0000
        Learning Style Considerations http://www.kepler.edu/home/index.php/certificate-overview/item/73-learning-style-considerations http://www.kepler.edu/home/index.php/certificate-overview/item/73-learning-style-considerations Learning Style Considerations

        Depending on reading and comprehension skills, distance learning students can easily spend as much time studying as they would in a traditional residential college. But learning online gives students more flexibility to schedule study time around the requirements of a busy lifestyle.

        Distance learning is not for everyone. In preparation for Kepler College's online learning program, prospective students should consider the following questions:

        • Can you stay on task without direct supervision? (Or, do you work best when someone is there to help you stay focused?)
        • Can you manage your time well and prioritize your workload? (Or, do you procrastinate and postpone your work until later?)
        • Are you able to learn by reading? (Or, do you learn better by listening to lectures?)
        • Do you usually understand written instructions? (Or, do you need someone to explain them to you?)
        • Are you good at assessing your academic progress? (Or do you need close guidance from the teacher?)

        If you answered yes to most questions, you are probably well suited to the online learning model.

        If your responses lean toward the questions in parentheses, you may find distance learning is a challenge. If so, we recommend you take an introductory course before you commit to the full program.

        Distance learning programs require self-discipline. It is important that students structure their schedules and manage their time.

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          enewberg@kepler.edu (Enid Newberg) Overview & Admissions Tue, 23 Jan 2007 13:34:13 +0000