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 BestColleges.com. These rankings are based on several factors, including school and program reputation, student satisfaction, peer and instructional quality, and overall affordability.