Terp Young Scholars


Course List | Synchronous & Asynchronous | Course Recording | Choosing a Course | Textbooks | Accessibility | Course Changes | FERPA

Course Overview: Terp Young Scholars

Terp Young Scholars will run 100% online for summer 2020.

Terp Scholars enroll in one three-credit online course that is at the cutting-edge of theory, thought, and technology.  All Terp Young Scholars online courses are taught by world-class University of Maryland faculty and staff. Outside of class, students should expect to spend several hours a day on course-related assignments.  Both credit and grade earned post to the UMD transcript and become part of the student record. The course may not be taken pass-fail or audit.

On the Terp Young Scholars application, students will be asked to select a first and second-choice course in the event the first selection has filled. Course selection is processed on a first-come, first-served basis when the complete application packet has been received.

Students must attend the program in its entirety. Students are not permitted to miss virtual class time, including arriving late and/or leaving early. Any student who has an obligation such as employment, club sport, travel, or similar commitment should consider whether this will interfere with program requirements. 

Course List

School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

College of Arts and Humanities

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

ENGR-Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute

College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

College of Journalism

School of Public Health

Synchronous & Asynchronous Online Course Instruction

Terp Young Scholars is committed to providing rigorous and active learning experiences. Online courses are offered in a broad range of academic disciplines from UMD’s Colleges and Schools.  Classes meet every day, Monday- Friday, with meeting times varying according to the specific course’s online structure.

Synchronous instruction requires students to sign into and watch live course instruction at a specific time. Synchronous Instruction provides the opportunity for students to interact with faculty and the Terp Scholars community. Check your specific course page to find the meeting time for synchronous instruction.

Many courses will also involve asynchronous material that students will need to access and complete on their own time.

Course Recording

Online synchronous course meetings may be recorded. When sessions are being recorded instructors will verbally announce the recording. Recorded material will be accessible to and only used by students enrolled in that course via the course's secure ELMS page. Recorded material is designed to assist students with studying and accessibility and disability accommodation.

Students who participate with their camera engaged or utilize a profile image are consenting to have their video or image recorded. If you are unwilling to consent to have your profile or video image recorded, it is the student's responsibility to turn your camera off and/or remove any profile image when recording is announced. Likewise, students who un-mute during recorded class sessions and participate orally are consenting to have their voices recorded. If you are not willing to consent to have your voice recorded during class, you will need to keep your mute button activated and communicate exclusively using the "chat" feature, which allows students to type questions and comments live.

Note: Not every Terp Young Scholars course will utilize recording. In addition, due to course content a select number of courses require students to use their webcam at all times, even while recording.

If you have any questions regarding the Terp Young Scholars' Recorded Video Consent information please contact us at tys@umd.edu.

Choosing a Course

Before selecting a course, click on the course link to view the description, meeting times, and sample syllabus. Each course description features a link to the sample syllabus that lists specific requirements for that course. Students and parents are strongly encouraged to read the course syllabus in its entirety. Particular attention should be given to the material covered in the course and the times the course is offered. It is the student’s responsibility to review the course material and ensure they have the proper academic preparation to be successful in the course.

Course Textbooks

Your course may or may not require a textbook. Textbook requirements are posted by the instructor, at least three weeks prior to the course start date. Your course may or may not require a textbook, and you will need to periodically check the link below to see if the instructor has posted a textbook. Textbooks may be purchased from any textbook store or online vendor. Textbook costs are not included in the Terp Young Scholars online program package fee.

  • Visit: www.testudo.umd.edu 
  • Select Schedule of Classes
  • Select Summer Session
  • Select Course Listing
  • Select the course/department acronym, e.g., ARCH for Architecture.
  • Find the course you are registered for with the section number of "YS41" or "YS42"
  • Select Books

Accessibility and Disability Support Services

Students with a documented disability are eligible to receive the accommodations necessary to ensure equal access to campus programs. To receive these accommodations, you must register with University of Maryland's Accessibility and Disability Support Services.

Below are examples of how the most common accommodations are implemented for online courses. Note, this is not an exhaustive list.

  • Extended Time for Exams, Quizzes, and Assessments
  • Note Taking and Audio Recording: ADS offers two options for note taking; peer note taking and Sonocent audio note taking. Depending on a student’s disability and study preferences, one option may be a better fit than the other.
  • Sign Language Interpreting and Transcribing: ADS can provide sign language interpreting and transcription in synchronous and asynchronous lectures. Synchronous lectures and discussions can be accommodated via remote sign language interpreters or remote TypeWell transcribers. Remote interpreting and transcribing may also be arranged for virtual office hour meetings.
  • Alternative Text Format: Many students require online content (e.g., ELMS page, documents, articles, textbooks) in an alternative format (e.g., audio files, large print versions, electronic braille or braille printouts, etc.). ADS offers alternate text service for converting required printed course materials into electronic formats that are accessible.

Changing Courses

Terp Scholars have until June 15, 4:30 p.m., to change course selections. Change requests will only be accommodated if the course has space. Send your request to tys@umd.edu and include:

  • Student full name and University ID # (not your SSN)
  • Your current course information, and
  • Your new course request.

Course Cancellation Note

Credit courses in Terp Young Scholars are part of UMD’s Summer Session. Courses follow University policies and procedures and are subject to change. The University reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or for other reasons it deems necessary.


Terp Scholars are admitted to the University of Maryland as non-degree seeking students for the Summer Session. As such, they are subject university policies, particularly the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

  • FERPA states that the access rights that parents/legal guardians have in the secondary school setting are transferred to students, once a student has turned eighteen, or is attending any post-secondary educational institution. UMD employees, including instructors, are prohibited from sharing individual information unless the student provides consent.

Granting Parent Access to Student Records

  • After admission and confirmation of admission process, Terp Scholars can grant parent access to student account information by visiting the Registrar’s website.  The University has implemented an enhanced system to provide a more secure means for parents/guardians to access student information online. Parents/guardians who wish to access their student's records must do so using a UMD account. Once the parent UMD account is created, parents can log in directly to student records. This access permission relates only to grades, class schedule, account balances, and unofficial transcripts.  

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