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Distance Learning

The Office of Distance and Extended Learning, in addition to administering the self-paced correspondence, extension, and continuing education programs, provides information on Texas State's distance learning programs, courses, initiatives, and resources.

Distance Education Defined

Distance education is a formal educational process in which the majority of instruction (interaction between students and instructors and among students) in a course occurs when students and instructors are not in the same place. At Texas State, most distance education courses are offered via TRACS, an Internet-based learning management system for delivering course materials, facilitating class discussions, implementing assignments and quizzes, and supporting learning outcomes. Courses typically fit into one of two categories:

Fully online course - A course which may have mandatory face-to-face sessions totaling no more than 15 percent of the planned instructional time. Examples of face-to-face sessions include orientation, laboratory, exam review, or an in-person test.

Hybrid course - A course in which a majority (more than 50 percent but less than 85 percent) of the planned instructional time occurs when the students and instructor are not in the same place. Mandatory face-to-face sessions may total up to 49 percent of planned instructional time.

Out-of-State Distance Education Students

Many states have prescribed an “authorization” process for institutions from other states that deliver online courses to their state residents. Therefore, before accepting enrollments for online and correspondence self-paced courses from students residing outside of Texas and not planning on relocating to Texas, Texas State must be in compliance with the distance learning regulations of the states in which students reside.

For more information on state authorization and for a list of states in which Texas State is in compliance with state authorization rules, visit the State Authorization page.

Texas State's Online MSW Program Ranked 15th Nationally

Texas State School of Social Work's online MSW (Master of Social Work) program was ranked 15th among Top Colleges for Online Social Work Programs by These rankings are based on several factors, including school and program reputation, student satisfaction, peer and instructional quality, and overall affordability.

Distance Education Courses and More

See the Schedule of Classes for a list of courses offered online or in a hybrid format through TRACS, on evenings and weekends, and at the Round Rock Campus. Listings are divided accordingly on the Schedule of Classes main page.

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Scheduled Office Closing 2017-2018

September 4, 2017  – Labor Day

November 23 - 24, 2017  – Thanksgiving

December 21, 2017 - January 3, 2018  – Winter Break

January 15, 2018  – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

March 12 - 16, 2018 – Spring Break

May 28, 2018  – Memorial Day

July 4, 2018  – Independence Day 

Registration Periods

Registration Periods for Extension Study Courses

Fall 2017: March 20th - August 10th

     - Late Registration:  August 11th - 24th

Spring 2018: October 23rd - December 20th

     - Late Registration: January 4th - 13th

Summer 2018: March 26th - May 31st

Fall 2018: March 26th - August 9th