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Self-Paced Instruction (SPI)

SPI courses are offered in an independent study format, meaning students are not required to attend on-campus classes and have 20 weeks to complete all coursework. 

Students wishing to take a SPI course(s) must:

  1. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  2. Meet with a TCC Advising Center Advisor (located on the second floor of the Student Union) to review requirements and complete a SPI contract before they can register for the SPI course(s)

SPI has many advantages: it is convenient, flexible and requires little travel. A SPI class also carries a higher level of responsibility on the part of the student. You will need to follow written instructions, complete assignments without reminders, and seek assistance from your instructor if necessary. SPI students work independently, and are required to turn in assignments and take exams according to the course syllabus. Personal contact with the course instructor is encouraged and made through telephone, electronic mail, office appointments, and occasional on- campus meetings for quizzes or exams.

SPI courses are not suitable for all students. In SPI courses, students are more responsible for learning than in traditional face-to-face courses. Students who participate in TCC SPI courses should have the following skills:

  • Self-motivation, self-discipline, and working independently
  • Good time management, reading and research skills
  • Ability to understand and evaluate readings and to analyze and synthesize information

Taking an independent study course such as SPI can be quite different for a student who may be accustomed to the more traditional, in-class course, but who now may find themselves overwhelmed by the “freedom” that an independent study course provides.  Unfortunately, this freedom may lead to procrastination, an often cited reason for failure to complete the course.

Therefore, it is incumbent upon you to begin your routine of fulfilling the requirements for your SPI course as soon as possible.  Do not sign up for the SPI course intending to begin working on assignments at a later time.  If this is your intention, be sure to drop the course during your refund period and sign up again when you are ready to begin work in the course. 

Remember, you may register for SPI courses at almost any time during the term—as long as there is a seat available in the class. 2014 Summer SPI Schedule of Courses




Students who wish to enroll must first meet with a student success advisor to review requirements and complete a SPI contract.




​You must pay for the SPI class by the deadline posted on your fee slip at the time of registration. If the class is not paid for, you will be dropped for non-payment.




​Each SPI student will purchase a guidebook, available in the TCC bookstore, written by a faculty member to help the student complete the appropriate work and readings for the course.  SPI courses may require textbooks and other materials.




​Please note that it is your responsibility to go to the TCC Testing Center to pick up a copy of their hours of operation so you will be ready to take your first exam. No appointment is necessary to take your exams at the TCC Testing Center, but be sure to bring with you a picture ID and your SPI contract. The TCC Testing Center is located in the Fine and Performing Arts, Room 208; 850-201-8282.

Students taking a SPI class, and who live in TCC’s district (Gadsden, Leon, and Wakulla counties), are required to take tests on campus at the TCC Testing Center, free of charge. Those students who require the service of a proctor at a location other than TCC should receive an email providing information about that process, or you may contact the Testing Center at 850-201-8282. Students should also be aware that there may be fees associated with the use of external proctors.


 Drop/Withdrawal SPI


​If you need to drop or withdraw from the SPI course, you should email your instructor and you must take a copy of your SPI contract to Admissions and Enrollment Services (2nd floor of the Student Union) by the withdrawal deadline on your SPI contract.

Contact Information

For more information contact Advising Center by phone (850) 201-8440 or e-mail

8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Mon - Thu
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Fri

Student Union Building, Room 207

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