State Authorization for Distance Education

Here is information about current legal authorization for California University of Pennsylvania to offer online education nationwide and the steps that Cal U is taking to achieve necessary authorizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories.

Amendments to the U.S. Department of Education  Higher Education Act of 1965  may impact online, distance and print-based education providers. §600.9(c) State Authorization states:  If an institution is offering postsecondary education through distance or correspondence education to students in a State in which it is not physically located or in which it is otherwise subject to State jurisdiction as determined by the State, the institution must meet any State requirements for it to be legally offering postsecondary distance or correspondence education in that State. An institution must be able to document to the Secretary the State's approval upon request.

Achieving State Authorization

Working with other universities in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education, California University of Pennsylvania is developing a strategy for applying for the necessary authorizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories. Cal U is taking the following steps:

  • Tracking prospective and current students' programs, internships and other field experiences, and state of residence. It is important that we know where you are residing when you are taking courses, so be sure your address is up to date.
  • Monitoring marketing and recruiting efforts for our Global Online programs.
  • Monitoring faculty hires in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories. 
  • Working to achieve authorization in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement 

California University was approved as a participating institution in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) effective Jan. 1, 2017. This clears the way for students in all other SARA states to enroll in our Global Online courses and programs.

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a national council and administered by four regional education compacts. Currently, 47 states and the District of Columbia are members of SARA. For more information on SARA, please visit www.nc-sara.org.

Professional Licensures/Certifications:  SARA does not cover professional licensure issues. All jurisdictions have their own requirements for professional degrees that concern licensure/certification (e.g., teacher preparation programs). Cal U's programs are designed to meet the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education for recommending candidates for licensure/certification. If you plan to seek licensure/certification outside Pennsylvania, please refer to the document, Education Licensure by State, for specific information about your state.

STATE

SARASTATE?

APPROVED

STATUS

Alabama

Yes

Yes (SARA)

Nursing: State approval of a program to offer Alabama licensed nurses opportunities for advanced degrees does not indicate eligibility for approval to practice as an advanced practice nurse in Alabama. Applicants for approval in Alabama are required to meet the Alabama requirements for national certification, graduation from a specific-type program for the advanced practice approval, and completion of the appropriate application. Any program offering a pre-licensure track to Alabama students shall meet the requirements of the Alabama regulations for pre-licensure programs or the graduates may not be eligible to take the national licensure examination required by the Alabama Board of Nursing to enter the practice. www.abn.alabama.gov

Alaska

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

Arizona

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

Arkansas

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

California

No

Yes

Public institutions are not regulated by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education; therefore, no action is necessary.

CA Email

Colorado

Yes

Yes (SARA)

PLEASE NOTE: Any student completing a field experience in CO must be covered by the host site's workers' compensation and liability insurance.

Connecticut

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

Delaware

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

District of Columbia

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

Florida

No

Yes

Cal U does not meet the definition of physical presence in FL; therefore, no action is necessary.

FL Letter Authorization Not Required

Georgia

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

Hawaii

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

Idaho

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

Illinois

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

Indiana

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

Iowa

Yes

Yes (SARA)

Programs that lead to professional licensure (i.e., education programs) are not authorized in IA. If in doubt, please contact the Director of Regulatory Compliance.*Pursuant to Iowa Code Section 261.9(1)(h), any California University employee located in Iowa who, in the scope of their employment responsibilities, examines, attends, counsels, or treats a child must report suspected physical or sexual abuse to the institution's administration and to law enforcement. Any report of suspected child physical or sexual abuse should be made as soon as possible, but within 48 hours, to the Office of Social Equity at 724-938-4014, and the employee shall immediately make a report to local law enforcement.

Kansas

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

Kentucky

Yes

Yes (SARA)BUT No education programs leading to certification.

For more information on education programs, please see the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board website.

Louisiana

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

Maine

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

Maryland

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

Massachusetts

No

Yes

Cal U does not meet the definition of physical presence in MA; therefore, no action is necessary.

MA Physical Presence Email

Michigan

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

Minnesota

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

Mississippi

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

Missouri

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

Montana

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

Nebraska

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

Nevada

Yes

Yes (SARA)

Cal U is licensed in Nevada for all programs in its current catalog EXCEPT education programs that lead to licensure.

New Hampshire

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

New Jersey

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

New Mexico

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

New York

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

North Carolina

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

North Dakota

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

Ohio

Yes

Yes (SARA)

If a program results in the out-of-state license or eligibility for the license as verified by the Dean of the College of Education and Human Services in a letter to the student completing the program, the student can apply for the Ohio license, as long as he or she meets the teaching requirements and passes any required Ohio tests. Please visit  http://education.ohio.gov/topics/teaching/licensure/out-of-state-licensure for more information.

Oklahoma

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

Oregon

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

Pennsylvania

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

Rhode Island

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

South Carolina

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

South Dakota

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

Tennessee

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

Texas

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

Utah

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

Vermont

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

Virginia

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

Washington

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

West Virginia

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

Wisconsin

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

Wyoming

Yes

Yes (SARA)

 

U.S. TERRITORY

APPROVED

STATUS

DOCUMENTS

American Samoa

Yes

AS does not regulate the authorization of post-secondary institutions. There is no requirement for institutions to be authorized in AS.

 

Guam

Yes

The Guam Council on Post-Secondary Institution Certification has authority over private for-profit degree-granting institutions, but does not regulate the authorization of public institutions.

 

Northern Mariana Islands

Yes

The Northern Marianas Islands have no statutes or regulations governing the authorization of post-secondary institutions. Authorization is not required.

 

Puerto Rico

Yes

Puerto Rico does not regulate distance education programs or field experiences that are found by the student.

 

Virgin Islands

Yes

VI does not regulate the authorization of post-secondary institutions. However, an institution must be accredited to operate in VI. No action necessary.