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Registration & Course Access


Registration Dates

Category Fall (16-week) Spring (16-week) Summer (I or II)
Registration Opens April 5 November 15 March 1
  • To register for any course, students must be admitted into an Office of Extended Studies (OES) Post-Baccalaureate Program. This includes former UMD students, those currently attending UMD as a non-degree seeking post-baccalaureate, and former program students whose account is no longer active.
  • Students in the Golden Identification Program are not eligible for Continuing Education Programs (Graduate, Post-Baccalaureate, Non-Credit Learning) administered through the Office of Extended Studies. See Golden ID Program.
  • Course pre-requisites are verified through the official transcript(s). If not met, students are administratively canceled.
  • OES Post-Baccalaureate Program students who do not plan to take courses in a fall or spring semester must submit a Petition for Waiver of Continuous Registration for each semester of non-attendance. Students who fail to register or submit the waiver must re-apply and submit payment for the application fee. The deadline to submit the petition is tied to the last day of schedule adjustment for the semester of non-attendance. See Academic & Financial Deadlines for schedule adjustment dates.
  • OES Post-Baccalaureate Program students may register for other UMD course(s) / section(s), beginning on the first day of classes and depending on seat availability. Students who register for course(s) / section(s) outside of OES Post-Baccalaureate Programs are not entitled to the program tuition rate and are charged tuition at the per credit rate based on their residency.

 Instructions

  1. Visit: Testudo (Schedule of Classes)
  2. Select Registration (Drop/Add)
  3. Log in using your directory ID and password
  4. Select the appropriate term and year.
  5. Enter the course(s) and section number(s) into the Drop/Add table and click Submit Changes.
  6. If the course is closed, the system will ask you if you want to be placed on the Waitlist/Holdfile (see below).
  7. Once you register for all of your courses, click on View Schedule for a printable course schedule.

Section Information

Course section numbers for Post-Baccalaureate Programs are as follows:

Program Campus Section Code Online Section Code
HESPIE PBH* PDH*
SIE SEF* (fall); SES* (spring) PDS*

How to Waitlist

  • Follow steps 1 through 5 listed in the Instructions, above.
  • A message will state that the course is closed. 
  • Select Add to Waitlist.
  • Read the message regarding the waitlist process and select Confirm.
  • Select the section(s) to waitlist and select Add to Waitlist. If no section number is provided, the system states that there are no open sections for that course and will not give a waitlist option.
  • Remember to periodically check the waitlist (from Testudo).
  • Once the semester starts, students must Waitlist Check-in (see below) daily.

Waitlist Check-in

  1. Beginning on the first day of classes, students must check-in daily. 
  2. Visit Testudo and select Waitlist Check-In.
  3. If one day is missed, students are dropped from the waitlist and must start over.
  4. The move from waitlist status to enrolled status is an automatic enrollment transaction if a seat becomes available.

In Person

  • The class meets in person, in a classroom, for all class meetings.
  • On Testudo (Schedule of Classes), in-person delivery has no icon and has specific meeting times and locations.

Blended

  • The class meets both in person and online.
  • On Testudo (Schedule of Classes), there is an icon that appears under the section number that denotes blended. The location for the in-person element will provide a specific classroom. The location for the online element will indicate “ONLINE.”
  • Instruction for the online element can be provided in one of three ways: asynchronous, synchronous, or a combination of both. See Online Instructional Options, below.

Online

  • The class only meets online.
  • On Testudo (Schedule of Classes), there is an icon that appears under the section number that denotes online. The location will indicate “ONLINE.”
  • Instruction can be provided in one of three ways: asynchronous, synchronous, or a combination of both. See Online Instructional Options, below.

Asynchronous

  • The instructor provides students with online content to review on their own time. Student is not required to log in at a specific time. Course information will have this notation: Class time/details on ELMS.

Synchronous

  • Synchronous instruction is provided in real-time, where the class meets online at specified times. Students are expected to be in class, online, at the specified time(s). This information will be listed as a specific online meeting time.

Combination

  • Some portions of the course are provided synchronously, and other portions are provided asynchronously. Specific meeting dates/times for the synchronous portion of the course are listed.

Blended

  • Class meets both face-to-face and online. The location for the face-to-face element will provide a specific classroom and meet time. The location for the online element will indicate “ONLINE.” Instruction for the online element can be provided in one of three ways: asynchronous, synchronous, or a combination of both.

Overview

  • ELMS (Electronic Learning Management System) is the online environment that supports online learning at UMD.
  • Most courses have some online content and ELMS offers access to the following:
    • Static Content - Syllabi, schedules, announcements, and lecture notes.
    • Interactive Content - Discussion groups, live chats, and online assessments.
  • TERPmail is required to access ELMS. To learn more, see TERPmail Frequently Asked Questions.

Accessing ELMS

Log to ELMS to Access Online Content.

  • The course instructor must first load the online content into ELMS.
  • This may not occur earlier than 24-48 hours prior to the course start date. Some instructors may wait until the first day of class.
  • Only students who are registered and on the official class list can access the content.
  • Students who register late: It may take up to 24 hours for ELMS to give online access.

UMD Online Resources

Course Textbooks

  • Textbook requirements are posted by the instructor, usually three weeks prior to the course start date. The course may or may not require a textbook, and students should 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.
  1. Visit: Testudo
  2. Select Schedule of Classes.
  3. Select the appropriate term.
  4. Select Course Listing.
  5. Select the course/department acronym, e.g., ANTH for Anthropology.
  6. Find the course.
  7. Select Books.

Course Syllabus

Syllabus Repository

  • Posted on Testudo (Schedule of Classes), the Syllabus Repository is a PDF provided by the course instructor. This is NOT the official course syllabus. Only admitted students can view this PDF. If there is not one posted, contact the course instructor. See Instructor Contact Information, below.
  1. Visit: Testudo.
  2. Select Schedule of Classes.
  3. Select the appropriate term.
  4. Select Course Listing.
  5. Select the course/department acronym, e.g., ANTH for Anthropology.
  6. Find the course.
  7. Select Syllabus Repository.
  8. Clicking on this link will show a list of syllabi associated with that term, and clicking on a syllabus from an individual instructor will display the syllabus.

Official Syllabus

  • The official course syllabus is only available to registered students and can be accessed via ELMS (Electronic Learning Management System).  
  • The course instructor usually posts this information @ 48 hours prior to the first class meeting.  If the course instructor doesn't post it on ELMS, they must provide a syllabus on the first day your class meets. 
  • Access ELMS.

Instructor Contact Information

Determine Meeting Dates & Times

  • Visit: Testudo.
  • Select Schedule of Classes.
  • In the box marked Term: Select the specific term and year.
  • Select Search.
  • A listing of all departments offering courses for that term/year will appear.
  • Scroll down and click on the department.
  • Scroll down to the course and select Show Sections.
  • View the program’s section number.

Lecture & Lab Start Dates

  • Lectures begin meeting as scheduled on Testudo unless otherwise stated on the instructor’s syllabus.
  • Lab course section meetings begin after the first lecture unless otherwise stated on the instructor’s syllabus.

Final Exam Schedule

Course Grades

Use the OES contact form. Include full name, UID, and a complete statement regarding the request.

Questions? Contact Us