Distance Education at PCC provides flexibility to your learning and studying. Unlike traditional, campus-based classes, Distance Education is a form of learning where you are not always physically present at school. Distance Education classes offer the same level of quality instruction as face-to-face classes and cover the same course material. The only difference is that part to all of the course is completed online!

Types of Distance Education Courses


Online Courses are completed fully online — meaning there are no on-campus meetings. Online Courses use PCC’s Learning Management System, CANVAS, to deliver content and to assess your learning.


Hybrid Courses are partially online — meaning there are some on-campus meetings. Hybrid Courses use PCC’s Learning Management System, CANVAS, to deliver content and to assess your learning.For hybrid classes, look for the class footnote in the Schedule of Classes for on-campus meeting dates and times.

Distance Education Frequently Asked Questions

Surprisingly, distance education courses require as much – if not more — work and time as traditional classes. At PCC all online classes pass a quality standards review, and instructors must take courses that teach them to use the best instructional practices in distance education. The assignments you do will often require a lot of interaction and deep inquiry. But even though online classes can be demanding, you still have the flexibility to work in your pajamas at home if you wish!

Of course, in order to do well in an online class, you should determine if you have the time and skills needed to be successful. Some people actually prefer to learn online versus on-campus because they enjoy using technology, are comfortable with more reading and writing, are self-motivated and can manage their time very well.

 Yes. All distance education classes fulfill the same educational requirements as traditional on-campus classes.
Yes! All distance education classes fulfill the same transfer requirements as traditional on-campus classes.

At this time, if you do not physically live in California you are not permitted to take fully online courses from Pasadena City College. 

PCC does not have the required permission for students from other states to take courses at PCC. This permission is required to maintain eligibility for students of that state to receive federal financial aid.

Until further notice, PCC is not filing for authorization to operate in other states. We recommend that if you are seeking community college courses look for classes offered from an institution in your own state. More information about “State Authorization”.