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)
Winter 2022
(January)
April 15, 2021
August 2021
Cycle full
 
Spring/Summer 2022
(May/June)
August 16, 2021
December 2021
Cycle full
Fall 2022
(August/September)
December 15, 2021
April 2022
1 slot remaining
Winter 2023
(January)
April 15, 2022
August 2022
1 slot remaining
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
(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
April 2024
Cycle Full
Winter 2025
(January)
April 15, 2024
August 2024
Cycle Full
Spring/Summer 2025
(May/June)
August 15, 2024
December 2024
2 slots remaining
Fall 2025
(August/September)
December 16, 2024
April 2025
9 slots remaining
Winter 2026
(January)
April 15, 2025
August 2025
12 slots remaining
Updated 7/28/2021