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Distance education

Does CEA have any guidelines for remote instruction?

As a mission-based accreditor, CEA does not promote or prescribe specific curricula, methods, materials, software or learning management systems. Professional or membership organizations, publishers, and technology providers have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with a variety of resources. The CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions include references to distance education, but CEA does not have separate standards for online education.

Can we admit new students to our fully online program?

Yes. As the period of adjustment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has extended in many areas, enrolling new students in existing educational programs is permissible. Regarding admission of initial students, CEA considers online enrollment to be a temporary change and that students would enroll in face-to-face classes as soon as is practical. All sites are expected to maintain compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

Can CEA accredit online courses or programs?

CEA is able to grant broad permission for online instruction as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the future, CEA will be able to accredit programs which are fully online.

Can we add online programs to our accreditation?

Yes. Procedures for permanent approval of distance education involves filing a substantive change report. For questions about how to permanently add online courses to the grant of accreditation, please contact Masha Vassilieva, Director of Compliance, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Note for US-based sites certified by SEVP, a “virtual only” program will not likely be eligible for certification.

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