Office of Teaching Innovation and Digital Education

The University of Alabama recognizes that its resources can help individuals meet the challenges of their changing lives. Through the Office of Teaching Innovation and Digital Education, the University extends academic resources throughout Alabama, the Southeast, and beyond. This office is committed to delivering educational opportunities through online degree programs, evening and weekend programs, distance programs, professional development courses, and a variety of professional workshops, seminars, and institutes.

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UA Online

More than ever before, students are choosing distance education to pursue their college degrees. The Office of Teaching Innovation and Digital Education delivers The University of Alabama's online degree programs to learners who are limited by time, geography, work schedules or personal obligations through The University of Alabama Online. Students may choose from a variety of formats designed to fit their schedules and learning styles such as online, interactive video conferencing, weekend classes, or online video-streamed classes. All degrees are conferred by the academic college in which their unique program of study is offered.

For more information on these programs, please call 205-348-0089 or toll free 800-467-0227, or e-mail Visit the UA Online website for more information.

New College LifeTrack

The New College LifeTrack (NCLT) program is an interdisciplinary undergraduate distance learning program for adults whose educational needs cannot be met through traditional residential programs. Previously earned academic credits transferred from regionally accredited colleges or earned through national tests such as the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), independent studies, out-of-class learning contracts, correspondence studies, classroom work and demonstrated prior learning may be applied toward a bachelor of arts (BA) or bachelor of science (BS) degree in interdisciplinary studies.

The NCLT program is intended to serve adult students whose opportunities to use currently available educational resources may be limited. Applicants must have high school diplomas or minimum General Education Development (GED) equivalency scores of 50 and have educational goals attainable through the program. Applicants need not be Alabama residents. The degree is awarded through the College of Arts and Sciences.

For more information or to obtain a catalog and application, please call 800-452-5971 or visit For specific NCLT curriculum requirements, please refer to the College of Arts and Sciences New College section of this catalog.

UA Early College

Through The University of Alabama Early College program students may take college courses online or on campus while still in high school, earning up to 30 credit hours. Dual enrollment allows students to apply their college level work to both their high school curriculum and their college curriculum. This, along with our scholarships, is a great way to save money. Please visit UA Early College website for additional details and application information. 


ACCESS Virtual Learning (Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators and Students Statewide) delivers courses online or through interactive videoconference to Alabama students in grades 6–12. It was conceived as a program that would provide courses to high school students that their schools may not have the instructional resources to offer. It has grown to over 120 courses, including foreign language and Advanced Placement courses. Beyond improving the availability of courses, the ACCESS Virtual Learning program plays a key role in preparing high school students for online education at the college level.

Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning (CELL)

Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning provides individuals and organizations with certificate programs, workshops and continuing education experiences that develop their professional profile and broaden their future opportunities. CELL’s abundant portfolio of opportunities is ideal for those seeking to create a path forward through learning new concepts and acquiring new skills, in addition to those seeking to strengthen their workforce.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The University of Alabama provides a variety of intellectually stimulating non-credit courses and learning opportunities designed for adults 50 and older. OLLI offers programs including weekly courses, lecture series, field trips, social gatherings and volunteer opportunities, supported by an active community of older adults who love to learn and explore the world around them.