Distance education accreditation
U.S. Department of Education

Distance education accreditation

How can I find a legitimate online or distance education program?

The U.S. Secretary of Education publishes a list of Accrediting Agencies Recognized for Distance Education and Correspondence Education.
The U.S. Department of Education does not accredit educational institutions and/or programs. However, the Department provides oversight over the postsecondary accreditation system through its review of all federally-recognized accrediting agencies. The Department holds accrediting agencies accountable by ensuring that they enforce their accreditation standards effectively.
For more information on accreditation and the full list of recognized accrediting agencies, please see Accreditation in the United States. To conduct a search to determine whether your online or distance education program is accredited, please visit: https://ope.ed.gov/accreditation.

NOTE: The recognition of accrediting agencies only applies to domestic postsecondary institutions (not high schools). To inquire about a high school's accreditation, you must contact the State Education Agency where the school is located. 


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  • Topic #: 28022-591
  • Date Created: 12/31/2012
  • Last Modified Since: 01/13/2017
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