UPDATED: July 31, 2020
Due to COVID-19, Au Pair in America has temporarily given approval for online/virtual classes, with a few conditions. Classes must be offered by an accredited school and the class must conclude by the end of 2020. Au pairs must still produce certificates or other acceptable documentation confirming the completion of the class.
If in doubt, ask your counselor to check if the school is accredited. All class hours must be completed by the end of your 11th month in the program if you wish to extend.
The following schools are offering online or virtual classes as of July 28, 2020.
ESL Specific Schools
- Anne Arundel Community College
- Howard Community College
- Montgomery College
- Prince Georges Community College
Weekend/U.S. Culture/Travel Courses
- *NEW* Au Pair Weekend
- BMCC Learning Across America
- University of Virgin Islands
- UCLA APIA Advantage – Online course that gives 6 credits. Cost $500.
Online Class Websites – These platforms will list online courses all over the country. These courses come from a variety of sources and some are not accredited. You must be sure you are selecting a course that is from an accredited university.
- The Science of Well-Being (one of Yale’s most popular classes) is available through Coursera. The class is worth 20 hours and costs $49 to receive a certificate.*
*This class would be great for au pairs who have already taken or plan to take a PGCC Transition ESL class when things go back to normal. Those classes usually earn 50-60 hours, so this could be enough to complete your education requirement, in combination with one of those classes.
All Things American *NEW*
Click HERE for a great list of online courses on a variety of topics related to American culture and history. They are available through Coursera and are being taught by accredited colleges and universities. They range from 9-80 hours towards your education requirement and the cost is typically $49.
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