Accreditation of Graduate Online Degree Programs in a College of Education
Abstract: One challenge in online education concerns accreditation, i.e., how can accreditors accommodate new models of teaching and learning using existing standards. Limited attention has been given in the literature to specialized or programmatic accrediting bodies and how their standards have been interpreted in a distance learning environment. It is important that faculty in online degree programs conduct research and/or disseminate information regarding their experiences with specialized accreditation. It is our hope that this roundtable will provide an opportunity for a meaningful dialogue on the issues surrounding the accreditation of graduate online degree programs in a college of education with an emphasis on field experiences and clinical practice.