SPOT Equivalency (SPEQ)

Faculty can earn Mt. SAC SPOT Equivalency (SPEQ) by meeting both of the following requirements.

  1. The faculty member received online training from a training program approved by the Distance Learning Committee, and
  2. The faculty member submits a course shell for an expedited review by a Mt. SAC SPOT reviewer, who verifies that key criteria for distance learning at Mt. SAC are met.

SPEQ Review Process

    • 1Make sure your college's training has been approved

      Approved Colleges as of Spring 2022

      • Cerritos College
      • Coastline College
      • College of the Canyons
      • Fullerton College
      • Glendale College
      • Long Beach City College
      • Merced College
      • Oxnard College
      • Pasadena City College
      • Rio Hondo College
      • Riverside Community College District
        • Moreno Valley College
        • Riverside Community College
        • Norco College
      • Saddleback College
      • Santa Monica College
      • San Diego Community College District
        • San Diego City College
        • San Diego Mesa College
        • San Diego Miramar College
        • San Diego College of Continuing Education
      • Southwestern College
      • Santa Ana College

      Why don't I see my college? With 144 community colleges in the CCCCO system, Mt. SAC is just beginning the process of training review.  Before being added to the approved list, the Distance Learning Committee (DLC) must evaluate training components.  This process was approved by the Academic Senate at its December 2, 2021 meeting.

    • 2Complete Smartsheet application

      Complete the form below, making sure to include your Mt. SAC email address and A number, and providing evidence of completion:

        • Link to electronic badge, or
        • Upload certificate of completion, or
        • Link to college website listing certified faculty.

      Within a few days you’ll receive an invitation to your SPEQ course Canvas shell.

      Submit Certification for SPOT Equivalency (SPEQ) Review

    • 3Create your SPEQ course, self-check it, and submit your completed rubric
      • Copy the course you want reviewed into the SPEQ shell for review.
        • You will also receive an invitation to a sample SPEQ course which contains further explanation of the requirements. You can use it as a resource as you finalize your course for review.
      • Perform a self-check of your course.
          • Using the rubric provided in the SPEQ course, complete the rubric and checklist in detail, including specific locations for listed components. Make sure all requirements are met.
          • Run a UDOIT report and correct accessibility issues.
      • Submit your completed rubric by uploading it at the designated page in your SPEQ course, and email the Assistant Distance Learning Coordinator, Catherine McKee (, to inform her of your submission.  She will assign you a reviewer who will review your course and contact you with feedback.
Note: SPOT Equivalency will only be granted after the faculty member submits documentation of the certification, and the Canvas course passes the review.


Please contact the Assistant Distance Learning Coordinator, Catherine McKee ( with your SPOT or SPEQ questions.

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