Distance Learning (Online or Correspondence Programs and Courses)

New York State Colleges and Universities Institutions located outside of New York

The Office of Teaching Initiatives does not endorse, pre-approve, or accredit programs or coursework completed at institutions located outside the State of New York.

  • Distance Learning Teacher Preparation Programs

    If you plan on completing a teacher or School Leadership preparation program in a state other than New York, the program must meet the following criteria:

    • The institution must be approved by a regional accrediting agency.  To determine if a college is accredited, go to the U.S. Department of Education’s Institutional Accreditation System Web site at http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/external link .

    • The program must be comparable to New York State requirements for that subject. To view the requirements for New York State certification, go to Search Certification Requirements.

    • The program must lead to certification in the state where the Institution's Registrar is located and Accreditation was granted. Satellite campuses in other states are not acceptable.

      For more information, go to Applicants from Other States (Interstate Reciprocity).
  • Distance Learning Courses (non-degree program) or Coursework to meet Unmet Requirements

    If you plan on taking individual courses at an institution that is not located in New York, please go to Coursework Frequently Asked Questions to determine what courses would be acceptable.
Last Updated: August 1, 2019