Online Learning Providers

Online Learning Provider Approval Process
State law (Minn. Stat. § 124D.095) requires the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to “review and approve” schools that deliver online instruction to students from outside their district, or who are delivering full-time online instruction to their own students. These schools are required to become an approved OLL provider. Only MDE-approved OLL providers generate funding.

Approved Program Criteria
The process for becoming an approved provider is initiated by the Minnesota public school provider (public school districts, intermediate districts, school districts operating under a Joint Powers of Agreement (JPA)), and charter schools that provide online learning.

Initial OLL Provider Application Process
Minnesota public school providers seeking state-approved online learning program status are strongly encouraged to send a Letter of Intent to us at least 12 months prior to the anticipated program start date. This will allow sufficient time to plan and time for us to provide support and technical assistance through the application process. Upon receipt of the completed Online Learning Program application, we have 90-days for review. At the end of that time, a recommendation to approve or not approve will be made.

Online Programs Not Needing Approval
Schools that offer online courses only to resident students on a part-time basis (for example during a study hall) are not required to seek approval. However, we encourage all school administrators to consider applying for approval so you have the flexibility to expand your program at any time.

  • March 2018 Memorandum: Program plan for e-Learning days - 3/12/18
    Information about the program plan for e-Learning days.
  •  - 3/7/18  pdf iconPDF 
    List of approved K-12 public online learning providers in Minnesota.
  • Online Learning Option Act New Provider Application - 6/8/17
    Application process to gain MDE approval of becoming an online learning provider in Minnesota.
  • Program Narrative Template for New Online Learning Providers - 6/7/17
    A tool for providers to use when completing the Online Learning Option Act New Provider Application.
  • Online Learning Annual Program Data Report - 6/16/16
    Approved online learning providers complete this report and submit to the Online Learning Specialist by July 15.
  • Online Learning Program Annual Update - 5/19/16
    Form to be completed by approved online learning providers and submitted to the Online Learning Specialist by July 15.
  •  - 4/20/16
  • 2015-16 Reporting for Online Learning Students - 11/16/15
  • Online Learning Supplemental Notice of Student Registration Form - 9/9/15
    Form for student to submit to apply for a supplemental online learning course from a MDE approved public school online learning provider.
  • Online Learning Course Syllabi Policy - 11/12/14