Stephen F. Austin State University

About Distance Education

Distance Education at SFA

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The Office of Instructional Technology supports and coordinates distance education at SFA.

Stephen F. Austin State University has a strong tradition of excellence in higher education. Unfortunately, barriers such as geographic distance, employment schedules, and family obligations sometimes prevent students from coming to campus or attending scheduled classes. To overcome these barriers, SFA uses cutting edge technology to bring educational opportunities to students throughout East Texas and around the world.

SFA's online programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, individual programs are also accredited by national accrediting bodies in their specific fields. For example, our online teacher certification programs were among the first in the nation and are accredited by the National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE). Our masters degree in Music Education is one of few in the nationwide and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

SFA ONLINE instructors are trained and certified to teach effectively online and bring years of professional and teaching experience to our courses. SFA ONLINE programs are quite affordable and are priced the same as campus-based courses with an additional fee of only $25 per credit hour. Students living outside the State of Texas may also be eligible for a discount off our normal out-of-state tuition.