The Florida Department of Education works to maximize student achievement, workforce skills, and economic development in the state. The Department of Education initiates and collaborates with several commissions, committees, and task forces, including the Florida College System Task Force, the Florida Council on Economic Education, and the Florida Schools of Excellence Commission. Additionally, the Florida Virtual Campus was established in 2012 to provide online education and library support services to students and faculty in Florida’s public colleges.

Several colleges participate in the Florida Virtual Campus, including Florida State University, the University of Central Florida, Florida International University, and Edison State College. The virtual campus also provides student resources including career centers, transfer information, disability services, testing centers, and library services. The virtual campus receives development and delivery advice from the Members Council on Library Services and the Members Council on Distance Learning and Student Services. Overall, Florida has 28 colleges serving more than 880,000 students.

University of Central Florida

  • Number of Online Bachelor’s Degrees: 5
  • Fields Offered: Political Science, Health Services Administration, Nursing, Technical Education
  • Accreditor: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

The University of Central Florida offers online undergraduate degree programs in areas including political science, health services administration, interdisciplinary studies, nursing, and technical education and industry training. A substitute teaching certificate program is also available. UCF courses are delivered through the Webcourses@UCF learning management system, and have the same tuition rates as traditional courses offered at UCF. Through Webcourse@UCF, students access their course materials like the syllabus, lectures, and assignments, and grades and course calendars. Online courses are taught by UCF faculty trained in the design and implementation of online course work.

University of Florida

  • Number of Online Bachelor’s Degrees: 10
  • Fields Offered: Agricultural and Life Sciences, Business Administration, Design Construction and Planning, Fine Arts, Health and Human Performance, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Public Health and Health Professions
  • Accreditor: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

The University of Florida offers online bachelor’s completion programs in agricultural and life sciences, business administration, design and construction planning, fine arts, health and human performance, liberal arts and sciences, public health, and public professions. These programs are designed for students who have completed an associate degree and who wish to further their education in a specific area of study. Each online bachelor’s degree completion program may be finished within approximately 60 to 70 credit hours, depending on the field of study. Some programs require proctored exams from approved testing locations. Students register for courses, pay tuition, view grades, and access tuition information through the Integrated Student Information System.

Florida State University

  • Number of Online Bachelor’s Degrees: 7
  • Fields Offered: Computer Science, Social Sciences
  • Accreditor: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Florida State University’s Office of Distance Learning offers online bachelor’s degree programs in computer science, criminology, interdisciplinary social science, and public safety and security with majors in law enforcement intelligence, law enforcement operations, and police science. Most online courses are asynchronous, though some require students to log on for discussions or lectures. FSU online courses utilize the Blackboard learning management system through The learning management system is where students access course materials like the course syllabus, assignments, exams, and lecture videos.


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