Frequently Asked Questions

What benefits do School Tours of America offer teachers?
  • As the sponsoring teacher of your student group's trip, you will receive the esteemed title of tour director, which means you will have the opportunity to earn free travel.  You will also have the opportunity to earn professional development credit through Adams State University.

  • You will hear and learn from experts as you travel to the most significant historical and cultural landmarks in our nation and gain hands-on learning experiences while networking with colleagues and students.

  • You can share and apply your learning even after the trip is finished.  These experiences allow you to gain undergraduate or graduate credit.

What are the advantages of acquiring professional development credit?
  • Individuals benefit from skill development when the result is validated from an accredited institution of higher education such as ASU.

  • A transcript validates the individual’s newly learned skills and expertise.  The transcript is a recognized, portable credential that motivates individuals to pursue their education without having to look at another degree.    

  • ASU's approach exemplifies 21st century PD. Courses are research based representing best practice in the field focusing on embedded instruction.

  • Courses have intensive focus and are aligned with student learning outcomes.  They provide sustained opportunities with embedded practice.  Courses are content rich, skills based, and user friendly.

  • These credentials help to strengthen our ability to be mobile in the work environment.  Mobility allows workers to compete for higher-level positions and assist employers in finding highly skilled professionals. 

  • Credentials provide evidence of skills and demonstrate to employers that an individual is current in their professional field of study.


Why Adams State University?
  • More than 26,000 individuals enroll in ASU's PD courses each year for college credit.
  • Adams State University is one of the nation's largest providers of professional development opportunities that are relevant, timely, cost effective, and accessible.

  • ASU is one of the few universities documenting and providing free college transcripts for 21st Century Professional Development.
Is Adams State University an accredited college?
  • Adams State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools at North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois, 60602-2504.

  • Learn more about Adams State University. 


How do I receive ASU graduate credit?

1. REQUEST course information from STA by completing the form found by clicking here. Course information and Study Guides will  be provided upon request. 

2. COMPLETE the course work. Once you have completed the course, a registration link will be provided for you to register for ASU credit. STA will pay for 1 semester credit hour of ASU graduate credit.  

3. Once ASU has processed your final paperwork, you will be sent an email  confirmation and receive a free ASU official transcript with your grade.