Online Option

About Online Learning

SAEC Online is designed for students who cannot attend traditional classes due to distance, transportation, childcare, or scheduling challenges. Online learning students study the same material as traditional SAEC students. The difference is how they study. In the classroom, teachers guide students through the learning process, provide opportunities for students to practice what they are learning, and provide immediate feedback. Online students still work with instructors to plan their learning process, but the learner is the driver, deciding when to study and what environment to study in. This means as an online learner you must be motivated to reach your learning goals and determined to follow your plan for studying.
To find out more about SAEC Online, select from the links below:

Who Is Eligible for SAEC Online?
To be eligible for the Salina Adult Education Center's online learning program, a person must:

  • Be age 16 or older. If you are a minor please read How do I sign up for SAEC Online?
  • Not be enrolled or required to enroll in school.
  • Lack a high school diploma or have a skill level below eighth grade.
  • Demonstrate that you have the reading and writing skills to succeed in an online learning environment.
  • Complete a technology screening.


How Do I Know If SAEC Online Is Right for Me?
To be successful you will need motivation, time, the ability to learn by reading and writing, access to the internet, and support from the people around you.

Are you self-disciplined and motivated? Online learning is self-directed. You don't have daily exposure to other students and instructors to keep you motivated. If you have a clear goal and are willing to actively work toward that goal on a regular basis, online learning may work for you.

Can you carve out time in your daily schedule for studying? Will that time be free of other distractions? Unlike face to face classes, online study time is flexible. Are you a night owl who learns best at 2 a.m. or an early riser that likes to get up with the chickens? Day or night, you choose the schedule that works best for you. All we ask is that you work consistently toward your goal at least 6 hours per week online and another 2 hours a week in the classroom. You schedule your face to face meetings with the instructor at a time that fits in to your schedule.

Do you learn well by reading? In an online courses you communicate by reading and writing rather than speaking. Assignments and instruction are in writing. You will be completing assignments on the computer and by writing. Then you will submit those assignments online. In addition, most of your communication with instructors will be in writing. When you have a question, you will email your instructor. The instructor's answer will usually be in writing. If you are comfortable writing and learn well by reading, this system may work well for you.

Do you have a reliable computer with internet access? You will need basic word processing skills. You will also need to know how to use email, attach files, and use the internet to access web sites and conduct searches. During orientation you will complete a technology screening and training to be sure you have the computer skills you will need.

Will the people around you be supportive? Talk to friends and family and arrange the help you need to be successful. While you are studying you will need time free of interruptions, distractions, and temptations. This may mean a quiet room where you can close the door and know that you won't be interrupted. Take the time to talk to spouses, children, parents, siblings, and friends about your decision. Tell them how they can help. Make a plan and share that plan with the important people in your life.

What Are the Requirements?
Computer - You will need a computer with an internet connection. Online learners also must complete a technology screening during orientation to demonstrate that they have the skills to succeed in an online learning environment.

Time - Online learning begins with a 12-hour orientation at the SAEC main site located on the south side of the Salina Area Technical College campus. Learners also spend a minimum of 6 hours a week studying and an additional 2 hours a week working with instructors face to face at SAEC.

Money - Online learners pay a non-refundable annual materials fee of $65 and a book deposit of $50, which is refundable when books are returned in good condition.

Motivation -Successful online learners are self-directed. They plan their time and work actively toward their educational goals.

What Does It Cost?

  • $65.00 online learning materials fee (non-refundable)

  • $132.00 GED testing fee. The GED testing fee is paid by debit or credit card upon test registration on or vouchers may be purchased in the main office.
  • Purchase a CASIO fx-260 calculator, approximately $10 at local stores.

    What Do I Need with Me to Register?

    Registration* for SAEC Online orientation is at 2620 Centennial Road, Salina, Kansas.
    (SATC Campus, south side)
    To register for orientation please bring the following:
    A current, valid Kansas ID or Driver's license
    $65.00 non-refundable materials fee (cash or money order) + $50 refundable book deposit
    Students under 18 will need a written attendance disclaimer from their school district.
    Students under 18 will also need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Proof of guardianship is required.

    The office is open from 8 a.m. to Noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to Noon on Fridays. During summer months, please call first, 785-309-4660 for summer office hours.

    *To register you must complete the online application process and meet with the Director.

    Whom Do I Contact for More Information?
    For more information about SAEC Online call 785-309-4660 or email us.

    What is Orientation?
    Online orientations occur throughout the year. During orientation learners will

    • Learn how to be a successful learner at SAEC Online
    • Complete a battery of tests that identify what each learner needs to study*
    • Meet the instructors
    • Work with instructors to develop an individual learning plan to achieve your goals
    • Learn to use the online software
    • Complete technology training and screening*
    • Become familiar with the requirements for online learning
    • Receive the study materials needed for online learning

    Learners must complete the entire orientation to be eligible for online learning.
    *Test results must show that the learner can benefit from online instruction.

    When Is the Next Orientation?
    Online orientations are sheduled throughout the year. See the schedule of sign up windows from the home page for a list of dates. Candidates for online learning must complete the online application process, meet with the director, and be registered for orientation no later than the Wednesday prior to the beginning of orientation.


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