Chess Online

Chess Online from The University of Texas at Dallas consists of two for-credit, three-hour undergraduate courses. Studies in K-12 classrooms have shown a correlation between chess instruction and an increase in reading and other cognitive skills.

Course Information

Undergraduate fee –  $800

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. Each student’s culminating paper proposes improving an existing chess program or developing 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.

As soon as the class roster is finalized before the date of the first class, Michele Brown or Becky Wiser will email a download for the First Lessons in Chess CD (from Think Like A King School Chess Software, special UT Dallas edition) to each student enrolled in their first Chess Online course.

Please contact Michele Brown at  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.

  1. 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. This 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. Note: 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: Michele Brown / Chess Online
800 West Campbell Rd., HH 30
Richardson, TX 75080-3021

  1. Currently registered UT Dallas Students must send an email message requesting registration in the chess course of their choice to Michele Brown at or Rebecca Wiser at The message must include:
    • Full name;
    • net id;
    • Name and number of the course(s) you are interested in taking;
    • Phone number(s) and appropriate times to call (for the professor)
    • Email address – UT Dallas email
    • A brief statement of what you wish to accomplish by taking this class;
    • A brief statement of where and when you will complete the majority of the coursework (e.g., I will work mostly on the weekends and some evenings from my home office.)

After payment is received, you will be registered and an email message will be sent to you confirming the completion of the registration process.

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. In fact, beginner’s chess software will be included in the course packet of Chess in the Classroom I and Chess in the Classroom II. Due to course assignments, by the end of the course, you will know how to play chess at a very basic level.

How much will it cost?
Students are billed by UT Dallas for courses.

Is Chess in the Classroom I offered the first semester then Chess in the Classroom II offered the second semester?
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 in the Classroom 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 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the first day of class of the second eight week session.  After Dr. Root grants permission, Michele Brown or Rebecca Wiser will complete registration for eligible students as detailed in the “Getting Started” section above.  The permission deadline is in place so that students 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 with any questions or if you are interested in the program.


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