New Program Slots

ACOTE policy III.A.1., “The Application Review” states that “ACOTE will accept and review a maximum of 12 Candidacy Applications from new or transitioning programs during a given cycle. The assignment of due dates for Candidacy Applications will be based on the receipt date of the Letter of Intent. After the 12-program cap is reached, programs will be subject to the next available review cycle and planned student admission must be delayed accordingly.”

For accredited programs transitioning to a higher degree level, up to 6 transitioning programs may be added to a Candidacy Application submission cycle beyond the 12-program cap (per ACOTE policy IV.B.4. “Transitioning Education Levels”). Please contact accred@aota.org to determine slot availability. 

ACOTE requires that a qualified program director must be hired full-time and on-site 1 year prior to the submission of the Candidacy Application. A qualified academic fieldwork coordinator must be hired full-time and on-site 6 months prior to the submission of the Candidacy Application.

Currently, the remaining slots for Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer start dates in 2022-2026 are:

Planned Start Date for First Class of Students Candidacy Application Due Candidacy Status Decision by ACOTE Remaining Slots (out of 12)
Fall 2022
(August/September)
December 15, 2021
April 2022
2 slots remaining
Winter 2023
(January)
April 15, 2022
August 2022
Cycle full
Spring/Summer 2023
(May/June)
August 15, 2022
December 2022
2 slots remaining
Fall 2023
(August/September)
December 15, 2022
April 2023
Cycle full
Winter 2024
(January)
April 17, 2023
August 2023
Cycle full
 
Spring/Summer 2024
(May/June)
August 15, 2023
December 2023
Cycle full
Fall 2024
(August/September)
December 15, 2023
March 2024
Cycle Full
Winter 2025
(January)
April 15, 2024
August 2024
Cycle Full
Spring/Summer 2025
(May/June)
August 15, 2024
December 2024
1 slots remaining
Fall 2025
(August/September)
December 16, 2024
April 2025
6 slots remaining
Winter 2026
(January)
April 15, 2025
August 2025
12 slots remaining
Spring/Summer 2026
(May/June)
August 15, 2025
December 2025
12 slots remaining
Fall 2026
(August/September)
December 15, 2025
April 2026
12 slots remaining
Updated 9/30/2021