Areas of Study

Areas of Study

Online Courses

South Puget Sound Community College provides a wide range of courses that are fully or partially online through Canvas. A student at the college can complete all the requirements for an Associate in Arts degree entirely on the web. Students can also take online courses from other community colleges in Washington State through a consortium called Washington Online (WAOL). 

CANVAS is a web-based learning management system. CANVAS can function as a complement to traditional courses, and as a site for fully online learning.

After you register for your hybrid or online course, you may log in to Canvas starting 7 days before the first day of instruction (i.e. “Week Zero).

The requirements of an online course are not significantly different than a traditional course. All online courses at South Puget Sound are hosted by Canvas. Once you log on to your online classroom, you will notice that it includes readings, exercises, videos, podcasts, discussion forums, written assignments, and group work. Like a traditional course, online courses have regularly scheduled beginning and ending dates, as well as deadlines for the completion of class assignments. You should expect to spend 12-15 hours per week working on the course, and plan to work on the course every day or so to make sure you don’t miss important requirements or fall behind your peers.

Remember: Online instruction is not self-paced – there is a course schedule that may include midterms, finals and other hard deadlines. The advantage of online instruction is that you get to do the work during the hours of the day that are best for you, not that you can delay to the middle of the quarter to begin or work fewer hours than a traditional course.

Find a Course

Online courses printed in the class schedule are labeled “ONLINE.” If you’re not able to find the online course you want at South Puget Sound, you may access online courses at other colleges via the Washington Online homepage. From the WAOL homepage, you’ll be able to search for a course that you’d like to take.


You must be admitted to South Puget Sound Community College (or another community or technical college in Washington State) before you can register for online instruction through WAOL. Your can apply online at


Students can either register online or in person for online classes. Visit the registration policy page for detailed registration procedures. If you have questions about registration, contact Enrollment Services at (360) 596-5241 or . Important: Students must have a personal e-mail account before registering for online courses.

Log in to Begin:

You may log into Canvas by entering your username and password. You may find your SPSCC Canvas login page at:

  • Username: SPSCC Student ID number (Example: 875XXXXXX)
  • Password: First 6 letters of your last name in lowercase. If your last name is less than 6 characters long, you’ll repeat it to reach 6 letters. (Example: Bob Smith = smiths, Jill Wu = wuwuwu, Kelly O'Brien = obrien). Remember: Passwords from past quarters will carry over.

Find your Course:

After you log in, you will be transported to your personal Canvas home page. You can now find your course(s) by navigating to “Courses,” and selecting your course from the drop-down box. You will then be directed to your course’s home page.


It is important to note that dates for some online courses may be different from the traditional South Puget Sound Community College class schedule. Courses from other colleges, or courses that South Puget Sound shares with other colleges, will follow the WAOL schedule (find the WAOL start/stop dates at: The following South Puget Sound courses will follow the WAOL start/stop dates:

  • Archaeology (ANTH&204)
  • Cultural Anthropology (ANTH&206)
  • Indians of North America: Diversity (ANTH&210)
  • Northwest Coast Indians (ANTH&216)
  • Child Care Basics (ECED& 100)
  • And any non-SPSCC courses offered through WAOL


Books for your online course may be purchased at the campus bookstore. You may also go online at to order books. 

Tech Support

Are you Stuck? 
One of the most frustrating things about being part of an online learning course is when you get stuck and are not able to get the help you need when you need it. We are here to help. Locally, information about Canvas at SPSCC can be found at: You may also get help from your Canvas Home Page by clicking on the “Help” link on the bottom left. There are a wide variety of tutorial videos and resources found here.

And of course, you can always ask your instructor if you are experiencing difficulties as well. We are here to help. Again, we want you to succeed!


Online courses will accept enrollment through the 4th day of classes beginning.

  • Web Registration ends at 5 P.M. on the 4th day of the quarter.
  • All Add/Drop/Withdrawals must be done in person after the 4th day of the quarter.


Students are responsible for FORMALLY WITH DRAWING from any course they no longer want to be registered for through Enrollment Services. Financial Aid: Students receiving Financial Aid must obtain signatures from the Financial Aid Office before Add/Drop forms can be processed by Enrollment Services.


Canvas Questions:
E-Learning Support Manager
Rick McKinnon
(360) 596-5490

Registration Questions:
Program Coordinator
Olivia Strout
(360) 596-5237

Canvas Student Login