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Guidance for potential schools and Authorizers regarding the application process as well as resources for the existing professional online community
- Application for the Certification of Multi-district Online Schools
- Single-district Online Programs and Schools
- Trainings, Events and Webinars
- CDE Calendar of Events/Conferences
Legislation and Rule direct the Office of Blended & Online Learning to develop and implement a process for certifying multi-district online schools. Only multi-district online schools and their relationship with the Authorizer must be certified by the Office of Blended & Online Learning .
- Certification is not required for a single-district online school or program. Please see below for single district online school or program information.
- Certification is not required for supplemental online programs.
- Online schools that serve a student population drawn from two or more school districts must apply for certification.
- 2020 Certification for Multi-district Online Schools (DOC)
- 2020 Certification for Multi-district Online Schools Rubric (PDF)
The next opportunity for certification will be January 1, 2021.
Amendments to Certification are accepted January 1, 2021 through April 1, 2021
Certification is not required for single-district online programs or schools. However, prior to beginning operations a proposed program must submit an Application of Recognition to the Office of Blended & Online Learning, which will determine whether or not the proposed program meets the CDE definition of an "Online School or Program." A program that meets the definition will be "recognized" as an "Online School or Program" in the state of Colorado.
Additionally, a district that wishes to operate a single-district online school must apply for a school code, operate with its own administrator, a separate budget and a complete instructional program. An online school is responsible for all state and federal reporting requirements and accountability processes. Any online program with one hundred or more students shall be considered an online school.
*Extended deadline: Applications of Recognition must be received by June 19, 2020.
All applications should be sent via email to:
Renee Martinez at email@example.com
Application Support and Assistance:
- Visit our Frequently Asked Questions section
- Contact Renee Martinez at 303.866.6864 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
2020 Recorded Webinars:
- January 29, 2020 - Click to view the Beyond High School- CDE’s resources to emPoWeR learners webinar
2019 Recorded Webinars:
- August 29, 2019- Click to view the 2019 Student October Count Webinar
- August 9, 2019- Click to view the Supporting English Learners in Online Schools and Programs Webinar
- January 31, 2019- Click to view Career & Technical Education (CTE)-Online Schools Webinar
2018 Recorded Webinars:
- September 27, 2018- Click to view the Early Warning Systems Webinar held
- Click to view 2018 Student October Count Webinar Recording
UIP (Unified Improvement Planning Resources) Training Opportunities:
CDE Calendar of Events/Conferences
This page provides links to meetings, workshops, conferences, etc. and lists deadlines and other key dates provided by CDE staff.
CDE Professional Development
This page provides a comprehensive search tool for Colorado Department of Education-hosted professional development opportunities