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Distance Learning

Customize college to your busy schedule with Erie Community College’s Distance Learning Program.

What is Distance Learning?

Distance learning is a formal approach to learning in which the majority of the instruction occurs with the instructor and students separated by geographic distance and/or time. Distance learning courses offer students the flexibility of completing some or all of their coursework and assignments without having to regularly attend classes on an ECC campus.

Distance learning students have the ability to take courses at a place and time that is convenient for them. The distance learning program at ECC serves more than 5,000 students each semester. Distance learning covers a wide range of General Education requirements.

Students access some or all of the course material and participate in course activities over the Internet. Students can work from any Internet connected computer to complete assignments and interact with other students and the instructor. To participate in an online course, students should have regular access to a computer with an Internet connection. Students should also have some familiarity with Internet use, e-mail use and file management (saving files, downloading files, attaching files to e-mail). The college uses two platforms for Internet-based courses: the college server and the SUNY Learning Network.


Degrees at a Distance

Erie Community College has been approved by the New York State Education Department to offer degrees at a distance. You can find a listing of our online degrees at Majors and Programs.

Distance Learning

South Campus
Building 4 - Room 4118
(716) 851-1998

Concierge Service
Colleen Gentry
City Campus, Room 532
(716) 270-2934

Program Showcase

Dental Assisting

Primarily trained to assist the dentist during chair side procedures, a licensed dental assistant may also perform a variety of supportive services under direct supervision of the dentist.


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