Spring Term 2021 Info & Frequently Asked Questions
We want to share information about Spring Term 2021 at Eastern Florida State College to help you prepare for course registration that starts on Oct. 26. Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, EFSC's current plan is to expand the on-campus offerings in spring to include more hybrid courses, with many online options also as we balance the safety and academic concerns of our students. The Spring 2021 Class Schedule is available now and indicates course sections planned to have on campus components, designated as "Face to Face" or "Hybrid," and which sections will be delivered remotely as "Live Online" or a traditional "Online Course." View more details on course delivery methods, which are subject to change based on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic. View more details on the registration process, including how to review schedule planning with your advisor if needed before the online registration system opens.
Review the FAQ below for more details and use our Student Services Guide to contact EFSC staff, who continue to provide virtual services plus some on-campus services, most by appointment only. We're ready to help, so contact your advisor or call, email or chat if you have questions.
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Question 1: When is the deadline to apply for Spring Term financial aid and scholarships?
The Financial Aid Priority Deadline is November 30, 2020.
Students may still apply for Spring Term aid after that deadline, and the Office of Financial Aid will make every effort to process documents submitted after the deadline as quickly as possible. However, they cannot guarantee that students who submit documents late will be notified of eligibility prior to the Fall Term fee due date. Students who miss the published payment deadlines should be prepared to pay in full or to enroll in the tuition payment plan.
The Titan Scholarships Online Application is open for Spring Term 2021 applications through 11:59 PM on Wednesday, Sept. 30 and current and accepted students should apply. Students can reach out to the Foundation with questions about Titan Scholarships.
Students can also explore scholarships awarded by outside organizations.
Question 2: I still need to apply to the College. How can I do that so I can register for Spring Term classes?
If you need to apply to the College, follow the steps to apply online to EFSC, then complete the specific steps in your acceptance letter/email to finish your admission requirements so you can register for classes. Check Priority Application deadlines to be sure to allow enough time to complete all the requirements.
The Student Enrollment Team is scheduling virtual and in-person appointments with prospective students who need Spring 2021 application assistance. The On-Campus option is at the Student Recruitment Office on the Melbourne Campus. Students must follow current safety protocols including wearing a mask/face covering and social distancing while on-campus. Visit our Virtual Recruitment Office to make an appointment for application assistance, in-person or virtual, if needed.
If you graduated from high school this past spring, be sure you've notified your high school guidance counselor that you want your final, official high school transcript with graduation date sent to Eastern Florida State College if it was not already sent. Visit our Class of 2020 page for more tips for recent high school grads.
Question 3: What are the dates for Spring Term courses?
The Spring Term is split into several "parts of term," with full-term, 16-week classes starting on Monday, January 11, 2021. Shorter-term courses also start on that date, plus begin on February 8 and March 8.
Visit the Spring Term important dates page for more details and deadlines.
Question 4: How do I know which classes will be on campus and which will be online next Spring?
The Class Schedule Search Tool lists four types of courses if you use the filter to search for Spring Term 2021 courses:
- Face to Face: These courses are planned for on-campus delivery at the location and time listed.
- Hybrid: Courses planned to have both online and on-campus components. You will notice more hybrid classes on the Spring schedule as EFSC works to expand on-campus options safely with social distancing protocols in place.
- Live Online: These indicate Spring classes that are transitioning from on-campus delivery to remote delivery online. IMPORTANT NOTE: If a "Live Online" course does not have a day listed in the Class Schedule and the time shows as 12:00 AM - 12:01 AM, it means that course work can be done online at anytime, similar to a traditional online course. For "Live Online" courses with specific day(s) and time(s) listed in the Class Schedule, the instructor could choose to deliver content "live" in Canvas at the designated time. See the next question for more important details about Live Online classes.
- Online Course: The traditional Eastern Florida Online classes without a specific day of the week listed.
Question 5: What if a Spring Term class is listed as "Live Online" — what does that mean?
Face-to-Face courses that move online are then known as "Live Online" courses. It's an important distinction when compared to traditional Eastern Florida Online (EFO) courses without a designated day and time listed, as those EFO courses are designed to be taken online at any time.
The instructor for a Face-to-Face or Hybrid class that has to move online may choose to deliver a live lecture in a Canvas classroom or via Microsoft Teams or host a student discussion board during the assigned day and time that your class meets (that's known as synchronous delivery). If that's the case in a Live Online class, students would log in to the class during the scheduled day(s) and time(s) to participate virtually. An instructor for a "Live Online" course may also choose to deliver the content asynchronously, which means not in real time, giving you more flexibility.
Important Note: The EFSC Class Schedule Search Tool for Spring Term indicates "Live Online" courses that are expected to be "synchronous" (potentially at the scheduled time in Canvas) and those that are expected to be taught "asynchronously" (coursework can be done anytime). Here is how to tell: If a "Live Online" course does not have a day listed in the Class Schedule and the time shows as 12:00 AM - 12:01 AM, it means that course work can be done online at anytime, similar to a traditional online course. For "Live Online" courses with specific day(s) and time(s) listed in the Class Schedule, the instructor could choose to deliver content "live" in Canvas or MS Teams at the designated time.
Because the instructor can choose between synchronous and asynchronous delivery, Live Online classes are not considered part of Eastern Florida Online.
Students in a Live Online class must have reliable Internet access, a microphone and a webcam. Instructors would determine how the live video and audio components of the class would work and when (within the originally scheduled class time). Other elements of the class, such as certain assignments, would happen without real-time interaction between the student and instructor.
When building your spring schedule, please choose classes that fit together into a schedule without overlapping times. Also take into account the Campus location listed for a course in case any elements of the course can meet in person.
Please also review the Spring Term Course Delivery page for more information and see the next question for tips on viewing your spring schedule in myEFSC once you've registered. (Remember, the online registration system for Spring opens Oct. 26).
You can also learn more about EFSC's course delivery formats and guidance on what's right for you on our Splash of the Titans blog.
Question 6: When Spring Registration starts Oct. 26 and I've registered, how can I see my course schedule and confirm which classes are on campus and online?
The online Titan Web registration system will open Oct. 26. Once you've registered for at least one class, your student schedule is visible a couple of places once you've logged in to the myEFSC student portal. On the landing page you will see your courses listed in the areas with blue headings that say "Course Schedule" and also "Registration."
Here are tips to what the listed formats mean and a guide to abbreviations that you will see in the smaller Registration section.
FF = Face to Face for courses planned for on-campus delivery at the location and time listed.
Lv = Live Online for courses that transitioned from in-person to online, with two options: if there is no location listed and the time shown is 0000-0001, then you can do your coursework any time by the due date. If a time and location are listed, the instructor could choose to deliver course content at that time inside Canvas.
Hy = Hybrid for courses with both online and on-campus components.
On = Online Course is the traditional Eastern Florida Online classes without a specific day or time listed, with coursework done when it's convenient for you, by the deadline.
Below is a sample student schedule from myEFSC that shows all five possibilities. In this example from a fall schedule, notice the differences in the listings for the two "Live Online" classes. The instructor for BUL-3130 Business Ethics has indicated that assignments will be available in Canvas for students to complete at any time by the due date so there's no Bldg. or Days listed. However, the instructor for CJC-2000 American Corrections plans to present some content to the class as a group, inside Canvas, at the day and time listed (That location listed is where it would have met if it could have been held on campus). Remember that your instructors also will verify delivery methods via their communications in Canvas once the course dashboard is available closer to the start of class.
Question 7: For Spring Term classes that meet on campus, what safety precautions will be in place?
The number of students in each on-campus class is being carefully controlled so EFSC can ensure enough room for proper social distancing. Classroom spaces have been adjusted to allow for physical distancing measures, such as fewer desks to allow for six feet of separation between students.
Currently, all individuals within the interior spaces of buildings on campus are required to wear a mask or face covering, this includes classrooms. Masks or face coverings are not required outside of campus buildings unless social distancing recommendations cannot be met.
Students, faculty and staff are also wearing gloves in specialized environments, such as those for public safety training, health sciences education or workforce training, in which social distancing recommendations cannot be consistently followed. Examples include defensive tactics during a law enforcement course, working as a team on a healthcare mannequin or training that requires individuals to touch one another or share a piece of equipment.
Visit our Health-related FAQ for more details on safety measures that are part of EFSC's COVID plan.
Question 8: How do I register for Spring courses?
Visit our registration information page for lots of how-to details on the course registration process, including step-by-step photos that show how to register for courses online using the Titan Web section of the myEFSC Student Services Portal starting Monday, Oct. 26. You will also find information on how to get assistance from an advisor. While the Class Schedule is available now to review course options, because you cannot actually register for classes until Oct. 26, now is the time to schedule time to talk with your advisor if you need to review your course planning.
Question 9: How do I know if I have a hold that prevents course registration and how do I clear a registration hold?
If you are a current or accepted student, you can check your Message Center after logging in to the myEFSC portal for details about any registration holds, including a link to information on how to clear the hold. You can also find help by visiting the registrar's info page on student record holds.
Recently accepted students should review the information on the accepted student page, then complete the outstanding requirement(s) so the hold(s) can be cleared. Contact the admissions team for assistance if needed.
Question 10: I need placement testing to be able to finish applying for spring so I can register. How can I do that?
Remote testing options are in place for several placement tests, including the College Credit Placement Test and TEAS. On-campus testing options by appointment only are available for other exams such as TABE that do not have online options. Visit our testing options page for more details and links to all testing options.
College Credit Placement Testing via the ACCUPLACER Next Generation Exam (equivalent to the PERT) is available for current or prospective EFSC students who need to take a common placement test for college credit coursework placement. View the Remote ACCUPLACER Exam Request Process. (That page also includes the latest information on placement testing requirements for high school students who want to Dual Enroll starting in the Spring Term).
To contact Assessment and Testing Services staff, visit the testing section of the Virtual Student Services Guide for more information.
Question 11: I need the TEAS or TABE test to apply for a Health Sciences, Nursing or Career program. How can I do that?
A remote testing option for the TEAS test for health science and nursing program applicants is available for registration. View the Remote TEAS Test Information and Registration Process.
A remote option for the TABE test is not available, however, the EFSC Assessment Centers are offering the TABE on-campus at the Cocoa and Melbourne Campuses by appointment only. Visit the TABE registration process for details on how to register via a phone call.
Also review your specific Heath Science program's web pages for details on that program's testing requirements. Email Health Sciences at email@example.com for more information about the specific program you're interested in.
Question 12: If I want to eventually earn a Bachelor's Degree, can I do that at EFSC or transfer to a university to finish?
Yes. Starting with a two-year Associate's Degree at EFSC is an economical path to a Bachelor's Degree.
The A.A. degree and our Associate in Science Degrees provide transfer options directly into EFSC's Bachelor Degrees. We now offer 24 bachelor specializations in business, computer technology and healthcare, including a fully online Bachelor of Science in Nursing for RNs.
EFSC's general Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree also provides guaranteed transfer to one of Florida's 12 state universities, including UCF. We have prepared Transfer GPS: Graduation Pathway for Success plans for many popular Bachelor programs. Each one outlines recommended coursework while completing your A.A. that best prepares you to transfer into your intended four-year program. You have the option to earn an A.A. degree through 100% online courses.
Question 13: I was an EFSC Dual Enrolled student who graduated from high school earlier this year. I did not take classes in Fall, but would like to enroll for Spring 2021. What do I need to do?
If you took at least one Dual Enrollment course at EFSC or at your high school, you do not need to apply to EFSC, as you are already considered a student.
EFSC will accept a copy of your high school diploma to allow you to register for Spring Term. If your transcript was not already electronically submitted to EFSC by Brevard Public Schools, you can upload the document to the Student Document Dropbox following these steps.
You should also do the following:
- Request that your final, official high school transcript with graduation date be sent to EFSC (the Brevard Public Schools system typically does this electronically).
- Submit a Residency Declaration with copies of supporting documents.
- Meet with an advisor to discuss degree requirements and placement testing options. See more on how to schedule an advising appointment.
- If you would like to update your major, submit a Major Change Form via the Student Document Dropbox. As a Dual Enrollment student, your major may have been restricted; upon graduating from high school, you are eligible to select a different major.
- Log in to your myEFSC portal to confirm that your mailing address is accurate. The "Update Address" link is under the "Quick Links" section.
You can contact the Admissions Team with questions by calling 321-433-7300 as many issues can be handled over the phone.
You can also watch the replay of our virtual workshop specifically for Dual Enrolled students transitioning from high school to college called "Making the Switch."
Question 14: If I am a current Dual Enrolled student, how can I register for Spring Term courses?
Due to the COVID-19-related EFSC and Brevard Public School closures, alternate virtual processes remain in place for course registration that involve your high school guidance counselor or your parent if you are home-schooled.
Due to block scheduling at Brevard Public Schools, dual enrolled students should register for asynchronous online classes so that coursework can be done at flexible times and not conflict with block schedule times at your school. See questions #4 and #5 above for more details on how to tell which "Live Online" and traditional online classes are taught asynchronously without the requirement to be in an online classroom at a set time.
Use the links below for information on how to register for Spring Term courses and also information about the eligibility requirements for dual enrollment:
Question 15: Can I still apply for high school Dual Enrollment for Spring Term?
High school students can still apply for Dual Enrollment through a process that involves their high school guidance counselor or their parent if they are home-schooled, and the process can be completed online if needed.
Use the links below for information on how to get started, plus the alternate processes in place due to COVID-19 for eligibility, the application process, course readiness measures and registration, plus virtual orientation for prospective Dual Enrollment students:
Question 16: Will I be able to participate in an internship Spring Term?
Reach out to EFSC's internship experts in the Career Planning and Development Center to discuss options. Due to COVID-19, there are more virtual internship opportunities plus face-to-face internships will be available as long as the internship site is open to allowing the in-person experience.
Question 17: Will I be permitted to participate in Service-Learning activities and earn credit for those Spring Term?
The College continues to coordinate service-learning activities, including the ability to earn college credit for volunteer service. Some opportunities may be held face-to-face if the site is willing to accept students for in-person volunteer projects.
Question 18: I prefer Face-to-Face classes because I don't do well in online classes. If my class does move online, what resources are available to help me prepare?
Visit our Resources to Keep Learning page for advice, tips and links to information about making the transition from Face-to-Face classes to learning remotely in an online environment.
Students can also schedule a virtual meeting with an EFSC Success Coach/Advisor, who can help them with the transition to online classes. They are available Monday through Thursday from 8 AM to 5:30 PM through email or telephone. Get more info about connecting with a Success Coach.
Question 19: What tutoring support will be available for Spring Term courses?
Free tutoring is available for the EFSC courses you are enrolled in, provided through EFSC's Academic Success Centers (ASC) and Writing Centers, which are located on each of our four campuses.
Virtual tutoring is available online through Microsoft Teams in Math, Science, Writing, Business and Computers, with hours Monday through Friday. Microsoft Teams is part of our Outlook 365 student email package, so every student has access to Teams for free. Please visit our website to access our tutoring services.
ASC and Writing Center tutors also offer limited on-campus tutoring options by appointment only, with safety protocols and a facial covering requirement in place. See more information about making on-campus tutoring appointments.
The Academic Success Centers are ready to help students succeed during this challenging time, so please reach out if you have questions.
Question 20: If I took a grade of Incomplete and need to make it up Spring Term, what is the process so I can access the course to complete the work?
Students will not re-register for the class, so there is no cost for making up the coursework. It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with the instructor to complete the work so the Incomplete grade can be changed. See more details on Incomplete Grades.
Question 21: What about hands-on Career and Technical, Health Sciences, Nursing and Public Safety programs this spring? Are there changes to those?
Students can apply and register for EFSC's hands-on programs that have a spring term start. As explained in Question 4, we plan to hold on-campus courses in these hands-on programs, with final decisions made based on the status of each program.
Students should visit the web sections using the links below and contact the advisors for each program for specific guidance and assistance with the special application process required for many hands-on EFSC programs.
Question 22: If I want to earn credit via a CLEP or DSST test, is that available?
The Assessment Centers are offering College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Dantes Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) by appointment only in a small, socially distanced setting at the Melbourne Campus Assessment Center. See more information on CLEP and DSST test appointments.
Contact CLEP Services directly for an extension on your CLEP test ticket, if already purchased, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with "Exam Voucher – Coronavirus" in the subject line – or by calling 800-257-9558.
EFSC Call Center Info
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