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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 2016-2017

July 4, 2016  - Independence Day

September 5, 2016  - Labor Day

November 24 - 25, 2016  – Thanksgiving

December 19 - 30, 2016  – Christmas (December 19th - 21st, 2016 are energy conservation days)

January 16, 2017  – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

March 13 - 17, 2017 – Spring Break (energy conservation day)

May 29, 2017  – Memorial Day

July 4, 2017  – Independence Day 

Registration Periods

Registration Periods for Extension Study Courses

Fall 2015 - March 23rd-August 6th

     - Late Registration - August 7th-20th

Spring 2016 - October 8th-December 18th

     - Late Registration - January 4th-14th

Summer 2016 - March 21st-May 30th

Fall 2016 - March 21st-August 11th