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Mississippi Online Course Approval (MOCA)

Special Summer 2020 MOCA Review

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Mississippi Department of Education is opening an additional MOCA review during the summer 2020.  This MOCA review will be conducted on an abbreviated timeline in order to make the courses available for the 2020-2021 school year.

For courses to be approved for use as online classes, local school districts must apply to the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) for approval to ensure the vendor/provider’s content, curriculum, and assessments are aligned to Mississippi’s course standards and the vendor/provider’s teachers are certified Mississippi teachers.  The Summer 2020 Special Mississippi Online Course Approval Guidelines and Application can be accessed from MDE’s Mississippi Online Course Approval (MOCA) website.

The deadline for distance or online courses to be approved for the 2020-2021 school year is June 30, 2020.

Please email Lea Johnson at lea.johnson@mdek12.org with any questions.

For courses to be approved for use as online classes, local school districts must apply to the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) for approval to ensure the vendor/provider’s content, curriculum, and assessments are aligned to Mississippi’s course standards and the vendor/provider’s teachers are certified Mississippi teachers.

The deadline for distance or online courses to be approved for the 2020-2021 school year is October 15, 2019.

 

Application Process

Vendors/Providers of online classes may NOT submit applications directly to the MDE. The local school district will submit applications after review.
 
School districts must complete an initial review of courses being proposed for use as distance and online courses. A district may work with other districts to submit a Mississippi Online Course Approval (MOCA) when multiple districts plan to offer courses provided by the same vendor. A district online course review team must be comprised of a minimum of three (3) reviewers, to include at least two (2) district content specialists (classroom teachers, curriculum specialists) and one district (1) technology specialist to complete the review.

The MOCA shall include three (3) components:
(1) the Application Cover and Signed Assurances,
(2) the Online Course Review Rubric, and
(3) the Online Course Alignment Crosswalk.
 
Completed MOCAs will be submitted electronically for final review and approval by the Mississippi Department of Education in accordance with timelines established in the MOCA District Guidance. The completed application, including the three required files, must be submitted via a single email to onlinecourses@mdek12.org. For comprehensive guidance and application materials, please see the MOCA District Guidance and related application resources.

 

Dr. Lea Johnson

High School Programs and Innovative Programs, MVPS