Below are some of the most commonly asked questions we get regarding our courses and other programs. If you are new to our site, be sure to read the following to get a good sense of how this all works!
Is this really the world's first mycology school?
Yes! While there are other great online and in-person means to study different aspect of mycology's arts and sciences, none of these venues are both dedicated solely to the topic and simultaneously structured as a school: with various levels of training, rigorous testing, certification, and support infrastructure. We are pioneers in this field and seek to set a high bar for increasing the quality of information taught as mycology's impact increasingly spreads around the world.
When do the online courses start? How do I register?
Currently we are in production of over a dozen courses covering a range of practical mycological skills and topics. Our first season of courses is set to launch July 1. Registration will be done through our website and will open on a different day for our course, as noted here. The best way to hear updates about our courses and other offerings is to join our email list.
How long will the online courses run?
Each online course will vary in the length of instruction based on the topic—from 5–20 weeks of online instruction. Each of our courses will be enriched with a blend of required reading, hands-on practice sessions, and reflection work, as well as suggested supplemental reading and study queues. Some of this homework is optional, while some is required to obtain a Certificate of Completion. For everyone hour of instruction, students can expect to spend an extra hour working on the assignments. Most courses offer a year time period to complete the requirements, though some longer courses extend this completion date beyond a year.
How will the online courses be structured?
Once they launch, most of our courses will be available for instant access to the streaming videos and course content. The content will be able to run on all computers and smart phones with sufficient streaming capabilities. Some of our more advanced courses will have a limited sign up window. Students that join a course during its initial season will have the added benefit of adding questions to the course's weekly question and answer session. Students that join after the course has run during it's live period (which occurs once a year for each course) will rely on the MYCOLOGOS community forum for questions and support. These questions will be supported by MYCOLOGOS staff alongside each course's cadre of peers.
Do the online courses have prerequisites?
No, though students will benefit from a familiarity in biology, chemistry, and other foundational sciences for some of our more technical courses (e.g. advanced courses on mycoremediation and fungal ecology). This is not required, however, as all beginner courses will start from the ground up.
How many teachers are in the online courses?
MYCOLOGOS founder Peter McCoy is the primary instructor in all of our currently scheduled courses. Some courses will also feature guest instructors and interviews with relevant practitioners from a variety of trades and scientific fields.
Where are your Certificates of Completion recognized?
You can read all about our Certificates here.
Tuition and Scholarships
How much will the online courses cost?
Each course will be priced according to its complexity and length. Final prices for courses will be announced when registration opens for each course (see those dates here). To hear about these announcements first, be sure to join our email list.
Do you offer scholarships?
Starting in 2020, MYCOLOGOS will be offering partial scholarships for some of our online and in-person course and events. If you are not financially able to join our courses this year, please check back as details about our scholarship fund continue to develop.
Do you qualify for GI Bill funding?
Not currently, though we are working to obtain GI Bill recognition so that veterans can more readily engage in our courses.
Will you offer in-person courses?
We are excited to offer some of our scheduled online courses in a hands-on, in-person format once they are up and running. We are projecting to being offering in-person courses in the spring of 2020 in Portland, Oregon, as well as abroad. To hear about those offerings when they are announced, be sure to join our email list.