SOEP was established by the Utah Legislature in the 2011 General Session. The program enables eligible students to earn high school graduation credit through the completion of publicly funded online courses.
The purpose of SOEP is to:
Students are eligible to earn high school credit through SOEP if they:
Students may enroll in up to 6.0 credits of online courses. Courses taken online reduce the number of courses taken at the student’s Primary School of Enrollment, unless the student has a Student Education Occupation Plan (SEOP) for early graduation, which will allow the student to exceed full-time enrollment.
Some high school course material may not be age-appropriate for every student.
SOEP Utah Public Education Online: Enrollment by Course
Before choosing a course, please check the course lists on the Public Education Provider websites to ensure they offer the course you are selecting. Students are free to choose any available Public Education Provider and may do so by completing the SOEP Online Enrollment. You may register at any time during the calendar year, but are encouraged to register during regular registration each Spring for the upcoming school year.
Summer courses are funded as part of a student's ordinary school year; unless the student has a Statewide Online Student Education Occupation Plan (SEOP) that allows for early graduation, any summer credits taken will reduce the number of credits, which the student may take across the remainder of the school year.
All SOEP courses will reduce the number of courses a student may take in a traditional setting, in any particular school year, because SOEP courses are added "on top of" or "in addition to" a full course load taken in a traditional setting.
In most cases, the student remains limited to 5 credits (five full-year courses) taken online. If a student wishes to enroll for more than a full-time course load, and not graduate early, it is likely that their own school district or Electronic High School (EHS) has options that they may be interested in, and students are encouraged to check on these resources.
Student and Parent Online Course Plan
You may, but are not required, to complete the course plan to prepare for your meeting with your school counselor or Public Education Provider.
Basic Computer Skills MOOC (Free Resource)
Wisconsin's Technical Colleges
Utah High School Graduation Requirements
Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Teaching and Learning
Eligibility Center: High School Portal
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
NCAA Review of Online Courses
For high school athletes, the ultimate value of an online course is what the NCAA thinks of it, because students enrolling for the first time at an NCAA Division I or Division II college or university must have their academic credentials certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center in order to practice, compete, or receive athletically related financial aid. Use the NCAA High School Portal to determine whether a particular course offered by a particular provider is NCAA approved.
Regents' Scholarship Portal
Utah System of Higher Educations
SOEP and Rule Change
SOEP Student Services Administrators and Counselors Webinar
Utah Education Network (UEN)
If you are interested in becoming an Online Provider in the SOEP, please contact the Utah State Board of Education (USBE). Your school or program must be accredited for 9th to 12th grade education, must have a licensed administrator and assign teachers licensed in the state of Utah, and you must be one of the following:
Provides instruction for a test administration at the end of instruction. Each SOEP Provider or LEA providing online courses must determine a local testing window, according to the schedule below. If you have questions concerning testing, please e-mail Jared Wright.
USBE Teaching and Learning
UTREx Course Entry
Entering SOEP courses into your School's Student Information System (SIS)
R277-726: Statewide Online Education Program
Utah Office of Administrative Rules
Title 53F-4-4: State Funding, Contracted Initiatives
Utah State Legislature