Cégep à distance

Cégep à distance was created on April 1, 1991, by the Collège de Rosemont to fulfil a mandate conferred upon it by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES) to develop and offer college-level distance education in Quebec.  Initially known as the CCFD (Centre collégial de formation à distance), Cégep à distance adopted its new moniker in 2002. In 2005, the ministry extended Cégep à distance’s mandate to include college-level courses for the English community.

In addition to admitting adult students, Cégep à distance cooperates with various colleges to help students advance their academic progress and earn a diploma more quickly. For more information, visit the page entitled Student already enrolled in another CEGEP.

Our mission

Cégep à distance is an innovative, flexible, lively and motivating environment in which to study that promotes the development of students to their fullest potential. It also actively contributes to the advancement of distance education in the college network.

Our vision

Cégep à distance is devoted to distance education. We welcome a highly diverse student population, many of whom are entrusted to us by establishments from Quebec’s college network. Cégep à distance  contributes to the advancement of distance education in partnership with the college network.

Our Strategic Plan

Cégep à distance has developed a strategic plan for 2018-2023, summarized in this overview (in French).

Our model

Cégep à distance develops self-contained, self-paced asynchronous courses. Each student benefits from tailored support and supervision. Registration is available on a continuous-intake basis and students have variable completion dates.

  • Self-contained course: A self-contained course is one in which all of the learning matter is contained within the distance course material.
  • Asynchronous approach: The asynchronous approach means that the student studies when and where it is convenient for them. The studies are therefore tailored to their needs.
  • Tailored support and supervision: Our Educational Planning and Organization Sector team and our tutors offer professional services that are adapted to each student, from the moment that a request for admission is received up until the granting of a diploma.
  • Continuous intake and variable completion: Registration is available year-round and students can begin their courses as soon as they receive their material. They can finish the course at their own pace within the prescribed dates that are specified within Cégep à distance’s rules and regulations. This is all possible without being registered to a specific cohort.

In order to better respond to the needs of our students, Cégep à distance is experimenting with new ways of offering courses, whether it be for our students or in support of the Quebec college network.

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Our clients

Students register at Cégep à distance to… 

  • Take general education courses (common to all DCS/DECs) or complementary courses to complete a DCS/DEC
  • Study prerequisite courses needed to enter university
  • Earn a DCS/DEC or an ACS/AEC to enter the job market or make a career change
  • Meet a timely training need in order to continue their academic progression while staying registered at a conventional college

Discover all of the courses that you can take as a Cégep à distance student.

Recognition of Cégep à distance’s expertise

The expertise of Cégep à distance’s team has consistently been recognized for the quality of its educational material, for its distance education projects and partnerships.

This is why it has won dozens of awards of recognition or honorable mentions for our projects and collaborations from entities like the ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE-RCIÉ), the Institut d’administration publique du Québec (IAPQ), the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF), the Réseau ACTION TI, the Boomerang Awards, and the Association professionnelle des professeurs et professeures d’administration au collégial (APPAC).

A few facts and figures

  • 14,000 students per year
  • 166 courses offered, a number of which are designed for the English-speaking population.
  • 22,000 course registrations each year