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Guidance for potential schools and Authorizers regarding the application process as well as resources for the existing professional online community

Application for the Certification of Multi-district Online Schools

Legislation and Rule direct the Office of Blended & Online Learning to develop and implement a process for certifying multi-district online schools. Only multi-district online schools and their relationship with the Authorizer must be certified by the Office of Blended & Online Learning .

  • Certification is not required for a single-district online school or program.*
  • Certification is not required for supplemental online programs.
  • Online schools that serve a student population drawn from two or more school districts must apply for certification.


  • 2020 Certification for Multi-district Online Schools (DOC)-Coming soon, please check back.
  • 2020 Certification for Multi-district Online Schools Rubric (PDF)-Coming soon, please check back.

The next opportunity for certification will be January 2, 2020.

Amendments to Certification are accepted January 2, 2020 through April 1, 2020.

  • 2020 Amendment to Certification (DOC)-Coming soon, please check back.

*Single-District Online Programs and Schools

Certification is not required for single-district online programs or schools. However, prior to beginning operations a proposed program must submit an Application of Recognition to the Office of Blended & Online Learning, which will determine whether or not the proposed program meets the CDE definition of an "Online School or Program." A program that meets the definition will be "recognized" as an "Online School or Program" in the state of Colorado.

Additionally, a district that wishes to operate a single-district online school must apply for a school code, operate with its own administrator, a separate budget and a complete instructional program. An online school is responsible for all state and federal reporting requirements and accountability processes. Any online program with one hundred or more students shall be considered an online school.

Applications of Recognition must be received by June 1, 2019.

Application of Recognition for Single-district Online School/Program (DOC)

All applications should be sent via email to:

Renee Martinez at

Application Support and Assistance:

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Trainings, Events and Webinars

2019 Recorded Webinars:

August 29, 2019-Click to view the 2019 Student October Count Webinar

August 9, 2019-Click to view the Supporting English Learners in Online Schools and Programs Webinar

January 31, 2019-Click to view Career & Technical Education (CTE)-Online Schools Webinar

2018 Recorded Webinars:

Click to view the Early Warning Systems Webinar held September 27, 2018

Click to view 2018 Student October Count Webinar Recording

UIP (Unified Improvement Planning Resources) Training Opportunities:

CDE Calendar and Professional Development

CDE Calendar of Events/Conferences
This page provides links to meetings, workshops, conferences, etc. and lists deadlines and other key dates provided by CDE staff.

CDE Professional Development
This page provides a comprehensive search tool for Colorado Department of Education-hosted professional development opportunities

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