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COE: COVID-19 Alert 11: Temporary Approval of Distance Education Instruction

News Feb 1

COE: COVID-19 Alert 11: Temporary Approval of Distance Education Instruction

This alert addresses the Council’s temporary approval of distance education instruction for programs during the COVID-19 Federal Emergency Period.

U.S. Department of Education Approval:

The USDE granted an accommodation for accreditors to approve the temporary use of distance education instruction for programs during the COVID-19 Federal Emergency.

Recently, the USDE extended this accommodation through the end of this year or until such time as the Federal Emergency period is ended.

Council on Occupational Education Approval:

The Council issued many approvals for use of distance education instruction on a temporary basis, and up until this time, specified no expiration of this approval.

The Commission met in December, 2020 in regular session and determined that the Council will END its approval for temporary use of distance education instruction on June 30, 2021.

Institutions that wish to continue the use of distance education instruction (for part or all of required program hours) must apply for permanent approval of distance education instruction no later than April 22, 2021.

The required applications for this approval are listed below and are linked to the application forms available on the COE website under Resources/Applications and Forms:

Non-Public and Apprenticeship Institutions: Institutional Distance Education Approval

Public Institutions: Institutional Distance Education Approval