Dear Faculty,

As a result of Covid-19 and to ensure the safety of our students and faculty, we must move quickly to online modality. We acknowledge that both student and instructor may feel anxiety about moving into this new realm, but we will go through this journey together.

We ask that you enter this process with an open mind. As we try to address every possible scenario, we know that there will be some things that we might have missed, do not go as planned, or create frustration. This will challenge all of us, however, we are confident that together, we will make this a successful transition.

Please bookmark this page. We will provide updates as we continue on this journey.

Effective Online Instruction Webinars 3/30/2020

The Association of College and University Educators (ACUE)
Invite leaders, faculty and staff across higher education for focused and practical discussions on:

Effective Online Instruction

SAC Tutoring Resources

The Tutoring Committee has been working diligently with St. Augustine College tutors to ensure tutors continue to provide effective on-line tutoring.  Please know we are there to support students.

There are different types of tutoring arrangements, class-specific, student specific, writing, math, and content-specific to meet everyone’s needs. Once a tutoring session is scheduled, the tutor will send a go-to-meeting invitation to the student(s) for the tutoring session.

Tutoring Schedule 

Class-specific Tutoring

For some class rooms in which instructors have made themselves available to tutor their students, students will continue to maintain contact with their instructors directly. Instructor/Tutors please provide information with your students regarding how to make appointments with you for class.

Student/Tutor Semester Long Arrangements

For students who have individual ongoing tutoring with one tutor, these arrangements remain in place. Tutors have been contacting these students to ensure continuity of services in the last couple of weeks. If a student has not heard from his or her tutor, please contact the Tutoring Center Director at and request assistance.

Topic and Program Specific Needs

For program and topic-specific tutoring, a Tutoring Schedule has been developed and can be accessed through the Tutoring Schedule link. The following contacts have been identified and students can reach out to them directly to schedule tutoring:

Writing –
CIS, HOS, ADM, CUL, BUS – Juvenal Nava
Math – Noe Lopez
Psychology – Estevan Lemon Lopez
Social Work – Dennette Derezotes
LLH, Social Sciences + ECE – Elena Voltchek
Spanish Tutoring Needs – Elena Voltchek

Content Needs by Subject Not Currently Addressed

For students with specific content needs not currently addressed above, the primary contact for tutoring needs is the Tutoring Director: These requests can also be made by students, advisors, chairs, or instructors.

Please continue to use tutoring to strengthen your classrooms, and if you have any increasing needs that you see as a result of the online learning, please talk to your Chair and request tutoring support or send a note to and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you.
St. Augustine College
Tutoring Committee

Extra Resources SPN

Extra Resources SPN

  • – A complete, free ESOL/ESL/ELL curriculum delivered online, for computer, smartphone and tablet.
  • – A free, bilingual, phonics-based, interactive (with voice) website, PUMAROSA is designed to teach English basics to adult Spanish-speaking students.
  • – REEP (ESL) Curriculum for Adults
  • Arlington, Virginia Education and Employment Program (REEP) free “on-line adult ESL instructional system to assist educators in enabling adult students of English to navigate U.S. systems in the 21st century…. The system consists of 9 proficiency levels ranging from low beginning to advanced. While each level is designed for 120 to 180 hours of instruction, the needs assessment component provides the flexibility needed to customize curricula for more intensive or less intensive instruction.”
  • – Dictionary
  • The dictionary site offers 15 free online bilingual dictionaries: English-Arabic, English-Chinese, English-Dutch, English-French, English-German, English-Hindi, English-Italian, English-Japanese, English-Korean, English-Polish, English-Portuguese, English-Romanian, English-Russian, English-Swedish, and English-Turkish. One particularly interesting feature is that users can suggest new translations in an entry box on the web page. Presumably thee help to improve the dictionaries’ translations.
  • – The phrase dictionary includes thousands of common phrases divided into four main categories: Academic Writing, Business Communication, Applications and Resumes, and Personal Correspondence. Within each category widely used phrases are grouped together according to the situation in which a phrase is used. The situation description helps the user judge in which context to use the phrase.
  • – ESL Resources
  • – Dave’s ESL Café. Current news, geography, grammar, history, idioms, slang and words, people, reading comprehension, science, world culture, writing



  • Go-To-Meeting will be able to provide an outlet for online tutoring (for both faculty and tutors).
  • Many universities have now set up ZOOM for office hours and tutoring purposes (possible for mentorship too).
  • I will supply all the writing resources that the library has created.
  • – Provide personalized support to students through 24/7 online tutoring, and gain access to reporting tools which allow administrators and instructors to identify student knowledge gaps.
  • – tutoring platform free of charge during COVID-19.

Teaching English – ESL resources

Teaching Math

Digital Learning & Teaching

Online Teaching in the wake of COVID-19

Student Engagement

Instruction Design/Go-To-Meeting/Other Platforms


Google Hangouts

How to adapt courses for online learning

How to Be a Better Online Teacher

Going Online in a Hurry

Essential Principles and Practices for on-line Teaching

Free Tutorials – University of Illinois Springfield

The University of Illinois Springfield is a leader in online education. The UIS ION Professional eLearning Program provides professional development to support effective practice and innovation of online teaching.

Many institutions don’t have all the resources in place that they need. We want to help universities, colleges and schools through this crisis. The ION website provides tools that will help instructors transition to remote teaching. Under the Resources tab on the ION webpage, there are free tutorials for teachers to learn everything they need to be successful.

View these free tutorials on online teaching learning, instructional design, student assessment, and more.

Online Instruction Teaching Modalities

There are two major online delivery methods:

Synchronous- all students attend the class in real-time.
Asynchronous- students can access course content when it is convenient to them.

Teaching using a combination of synchronous and asynchronous delivery methods has been proven to yield high impact results, such as GoToMeeting + Canvas.

Synchronous Content Delivery Methods (Best for keeping the whole class together)

The following tools are just some of those that support real-time communication:

  • Streaming video platforms-
  • Live chats, individually or course-wide via (GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts, Zoom)
  • Web conferencing tools via (GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts, Zoom)
  • Virtual Whiteboard to use with Web Conferencing
  • Virtual office hours via (GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts, Zoom)
  • Telephone availability

Asynchronous Content Delivery Methods (Best for Independent Study)

  • Downloadable pre-recorded lectures (Canvas, YouTube)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint presentations with or without voice-over (Canvas)
  • Forums and discussion boards (Canvas)
  • Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, and similar collaborative tools
  • Tools for off-hour support, like virtual tutoring centers and virtual resource centers (For example: URLS and files uploaded to Canvas as resources for students)
  • Email communication (SAC email)

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

As an institution that participates in federal financial aid programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, St Augustine College complies with state authorization and distance education regulations. The regulations require institutions of higher education to obtain approval from states in which they provide post-secondary education programs. Institutions may demonstrate such authorization by participating in a “state authorization reciprocity agreement.”

Illinois became a National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) member on July 31, 2015. St. Augustine College became an institutional participant in NC-SARA in March, 2022. Accordingly, St. Augustine College is authorized to enroll students residing in other NC-SARA states in distance education programs offered by the University and to place students in supervised field experiences located in other NC-SARA states. Most states now participate in NC-SARA. For the most up-to-date information, please consult the NC-SARA website.

The programs below are designed for professional licensure/certification. Education is one of many requirements for licensure/certification. Additional requirements may include (but are not limited to): post-graduation examinations or experience, application and licensing fees, criminal background checks, reference checks, fingerprint submissions, etc. It is each student’s responsibility to regularly check with the state/territory where you intend to seek licensure to confirm all licensure/certification requirements. Licensure/certification requirements can vary by state/territory, as each state/territory sets its own standards.

Licensure/certification requirements are always subject to change at the discretion of the state/territory. St. Augustine College will routinely update this page, but we strongly recommend you inquire with the state/territory board or agency to confirm your eligibility for licensure/certification. For any questions regarding licensure/certification, please contact the state/territory board or agency directly. Students should contact their home state’s licensing board to obtain the applicable requirements, rules, and regulations of their home state, and are responsible for determining whether an online distance education program will meet their home state’s requirements for certification, licensure prior to enrollment.

The two academic programs that may be taken remotely that include or lead to professional licensure at St. Augustine College are:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education with Bilingual and ESL Endorsements
  • Bachelor of Social Work (leading to licensure as a Licensed Social Worker (LSW))

*DNM= Does Not Meet          *M=Meets              *N/A=St. Augustine College cannot determine if the program meets

licensure/certification requirements for this state

BA Early Childhood- BIL and ESL Endorsements

Illinois participates in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement for out-of-state teacher candidates. States that have FULL RECIPROCITY with Illinois are labeled M (Meets professional licensure requirements).  States that do not have FULL reciprocity with Illinois are labeled DNM (does not meet professional licensure requirements). However, it is still possible to become licensed in DNM states by meeting additional requirements. Any student interested in transferring licensure/endorsements to another state should visit the Interstate Agreement Website to learn the details about that state’s reciprocity requirements.

Social Work

Students who are licensed social workers in Illinois may be licensed in other states via reciprocity agreement or licensure by endorsement. States that accept Illinois reciprocity agreements or licensing by endorsement are labeled M (Meets professional licensure requirements). States that do NOT have reciprocity or endorsement licensure agreements are labeled DNM (Does not meet professional licensing requirements).  However, it may still be possible to get licensure by completing additional requirements. Any student interested in earning licensure in another state should visit to learn details about inter-state reciprocity requirements.

StateEarly Childhood Education-Bilingual & ESL EndorsementsSocial Work
District of ColumbiaMDK
New HampshireMDNM
New MexicoN/AM
New JerseyMM
New YorkN/AM
North CarolinaDNMM
North DakotaMM
Rhode IslandMM
South CarolinaMDNM
South DakotaN/ADNM
West VirginiaMM

Complaint Process

If a student lives outside of Illinois and has a complaint regarding the education that they are receiving at St. Augustine College, complaint procedures have been established to assist them. We encourage students to seek resolution to any concerns by following the St. Augustine College Student Complaint Policy. If a complaint cannot be resolved at the College level, the student may contact the Illinois Board of Higher Education or the Higher Learning Commission. If the student resides in another state, they may contact the SARA Portal Agency of that state for further information.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Juan Ojeda Dean of Students 773-878-7980 Email: