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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.”

Beginning with Candidacy Applications due in August 2020, ACOTE is requiring 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.

The table below reflects the recent adjustment from 6 to 12 slots per cycle. Programs that have already submitted Letters of Intent to seek accreditation and meet the above eligibility requirements will be offered earlier slots in the order that their Letter of Intent was received and in sequence of the Candidacy application submission dates. Once adjustments to timelines for existing Applicant programs have been made, new programs will contacted about a Candidacy Application submission date.

Planned Start Date for First Class of Students Candidacy Application Due Candidacy Status Decision by ACOTE Remaining Slots (out of 12)
Winter 2022
April 15, 2021
August 2021
Cycle full
Spring/Summer 2022 (May/June)
August 16, 2021
December 2021
Cycle full
Fall 2022
December 15, 2021
April 2022
Cycle full
Winter 2023
April 15, 2022
August 2022
Cycle full
Spring/Summer 2023 (May/June)
August 15, 2022
December 2022
Cycle full
Fall 2023 (August/September)
December 15, 2022
April 2023
Cycle full
Winter 2024
April 17, 2023
August 2023
Cycle full
Spring/Summer 2024 (May/June)
August 15, 2023
December 2023
1 slot remaining
Fall 2024
December 15, 2023
April 2024
8 slots remaining
Winter 2025
April 15, 2024
August 2024
12 slots remaining
Spring/Summer 2025 (May/June)
August 15, 2024
December 2024
11 slots remaining
Fall 2025
December 16, 2024
April 2025
10 slots remaining
Winter 2026
April 15, 2025
August 2025
12 slots remaining


Updated 11/16/2020


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