The term “Distance Education”, often used interchangeably with “Virtual education”, is defined as instruction during which students and teachers are separated by time and/or location and interact via computers and/or telecommunications technologies. Virtual education ranges from straightforward coursework presented online for students to view at their own pace; to interactive, real-time instruction between teachers and students over an electronic medium unconstrained by geographic or temporal boundaries. When properly employed by skilled instructors, technology can make many learning opportunities available to any student, at any location, and at any time.
The Department of Education regulates the approval of distance education courses and programs according to NRS 388 and NAC 388.
Distance Education Approved Program Provider List
School districts and charter schools must be approved to provide distance education.
Distance Education Requirements for Programs and Courses
Program Application & Guidelines
Course Application & Guidelines
All Distance Education courses must be aligned to the Nevada Academic Content Standards which includes: ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, World Language, Integrated Technology and Computer Science, Fine Arts, Health, and Physical Education. Additionally, all courses that are part of CTE programs must also be aligned to the CTE standards. It is the responsibility of the vendor to update courses when new standards have been revised and adopted in Nevada one year after the formal adoption by the Nevada State Board of Education.
For the 2018-2019 school year, the following standards have been revised and adopted:
- Social Studies, to include financial literacy and multicultural
- Computer Science
- Fine Arts
Courses that are connected to the above three standards must be updated and the new alignment shared with the department for approval by August 1st of 2019 or the courses will be removed from the adopted list.
For information or assistance please contact: Jayne Malorni at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-486-8398.
Approved Course Provider List
*For more vendor information or course numbers, please contact the vendors below directly.