Chess Online for Educators

Studies in K-12 classrooms have shown a correlation between chess instruction and an increase in reading and other cognitive skills. If you are interested in learning how to incorporate chess in an educational setting, our two three-hour, for-credit Chess Online courses may be for you.

Course Information

    • Chess I, ED 4358: Using Chess in Schools (3 semester hours) – Using chess to teach critical thinking, math and reading skills in elementary and secondary classrooms. This course is also appropriate for chess instructors who wish to incorporate additional academic and humanistic goals into their programs. No previous knowledge of chess is required. This course is offered through UT Dallas eLearning. (3-0) R


  • Chess II, ED 4359: Using Institutional and Cultural Contexts of Chess (3 semester hours) – Examination of the roles of chess in history and in contemporary culture and analysis of chess in education. As a student in this program, your culminating paper would either propose an improvement of an existing chess program or develop a new chess program. No prior knowledge of chess is required. This course is offered through UT Dallas eLearning. (3-0) R

The courses run on the semester schedule. You can start at the beginning of the 16-week semester, or begin at the second 8-weeks of any semester.

Please contact Ste’ve’sha Evans at [email protected] or at 972-883-2323 with questions.

Getting Started

Students registering for these courses must first be admitted to UT Dallas. Since students from all over the world may register for these courses, we have made this process as simple and seamless as possible. Therefore, the first question is:

1. Are you currently registered as a student at UT Dallas?

  • If the answer is yes, proceed to step 3.
  • If the answer is no, proceed to step 2.

2. If Chess is the ONLY course you plan to take at UT Dallas, apply as a non-degree seeking student. For undergraduate and graduate students: Complete the Chess Application for Admission to UT Dallas.

The application form must be printed and mailed with a $100 application fee for domestic applicants and $150 for international applicants (required for all first time applicants to UT Dallas.) We accept checks or money orders. An official copy of your transcript is acceptable for processing a non-degree seeking application. [This form is attached separately]. Mail your check or money order made out to UT Dallas along with your application and official copies of all transcripts to:

The University of Texas at Dallas
School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Attention: Ste’ve’sha Evans / Chess Online
800 West Campbell Rd., HH 30
Richardson, TX 75080-3021

3. If you are a currently registered UT Dallas student, you must send an email message requesting registration in the chess course of your choice to Dr. Alexey Root at [email protected]. The message must include your:

  • Full name
  • Net ID
  • Name and number of the course(s) you are interested in taking
  • Phone number(s) and appropriate times to call
  • UT Dallas email address
  • Name and email address of your advisor.

Dr. Alexey Root will email you permission emails, copying your advisors. After you have been granted permission, your advisors will register you for the appropriate course, as long as there are still availabilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to know how to play chess before I take the class?

No, you don’t need to know chess already. Due to course assignments, by the end of the course, you will know how to play chess at a very basic level.

Do I have to take Chess I before I take Chess II?

You may take Chess I or Chess II, in either order or during the same semester, in the fall and spring semesters.

Do the classes meet weekly in chat or are all assignments via email?

For Chess I, two lesson plans are due by email; in addition, there are Discussions assignments. In Discussions, each program has its own private space, called a board. Within each board are conferences that have been set up by the instructor. The Discussions conference is a place for students to submit their thoughts about a particular question, and show understanding of the lessons and readings. Students will also read and comment on others’ postings.

What is the deadline for permission for the Chess Online courses?

The Chess Online courses require permission of the instructor. For permission, email Dr. Alexey Root by 5 p.m. on the Friday before the first day of class of the second eight week session. After Dr. Root grants permission, each student’s advisor will complete registration for eligible students as detailed in the “Getting Started” section above. The permission deadline is in place so that student will have eLearning access by the first class day of the second eight week session.

How do I find out more information?

Please contact Dr. Alexey Root ([email protected]) with any questions or if you are interested in the program.


Dr. Alexey Root
Chess Online Advisor
[email protected]
(972) 883-2323
Learn more about Dr. Root’s history with chess.