State Authorization for Distance Education

Due to new federal regulation, all universities offering distance education programs in states other than their own must receive authorization from those states to do so.

The State Authorization Regulation Chapter 34, § 600.9(c)

"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 distance or correspondence education in that State. An institution must be able to document to the Secretary the State's approval upon request."
Link to the e-CFR.

Lock Haven University seeks to deliver all of its fully online programs to students in every state. However, the complexity of the requirements in some states, including differing requirements by academic program, makes this unattaiinable.

Please review the information below for your state of residence and take note of any specific requirement for your academic program of interest.  If Lock Haven University is currently unable to provide distance education in your state, please check back as the information changes often.

STATE APPROVED FOR ONLINE PROGRAMS SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
Alabama Not Yet Determined No Restrictions
Alaska Yes No Restrictions
Arizona Yes No Restrictions
Arkansas Not Yet Determined No Restrictions
California Partial Any academic program requiring field placement is currently unauthorized.   Programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Educational Leadership, Teaching and Learning, and Alternative Education.   Students in Sport Science and Health Science are eligible for admission but are not permitted to take the optional internship.
Colorado Yes No Restrictions
Connecticut Yes No Restrictions
Delaware Partial Any academic program requiring field placement is currently unauthorized.   Programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Educational Leadership, Teaching and Learning, and Alternative Education.   Students in Sport Science and Health Science are eligible for admission but are not permitted to take the optional internship.
District of Columbia Partial Any academic program requiring field placement is currently unauthorized.   Programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Educational Leadership, Teaching and Learning, and Alternative Education.   Students in Sport Science and Health Science are eligible for admission but are not permitted to take the optional internship.
Florida Partial Any academic program requiring field placement is currently unauthorized.   Programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Educational Leadership, Teaching and Learning, and Alternative Education.   Students in Sport Science and Health Science are eligible for admission but are not permitted to take the optional internship.
Georgia Partial Any academic program requiring field placement is currently unauthorized.   Programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Educational Leadership, Teaching and Learning, and Alternative Education.   Students in Sport Science and Health Science are eligible for admission but are not permitted to take the optional internship.
Hawaii Partial Any academic program requiring field placement is currently unauthorized.   Programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Educational Leadership, Teaching and Learning, and Alternative Education.   Students in Sport Science and Health Science are eligible for admission but are not permitted to take the optional internship.
Idaho Partial Any academic program requiring field placement is currently unauthorized.   Programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Educational Leadership, Teaching and Learning, and Alternative Education.   Students in Sport Science and Health Science are eligible for admission but are not permitted to take the optional internship.
Illinois Partial Any academic program requiring field placement is currently unauthorized.   Programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Educational Leadership, Teaching and Learning, and Alternative Education.   Students in Sport Science and Health Science are eligible for admission but are not permitted to take the optional internship.
Indiana Not Yet Determined No Restrictions
Iowa Partial Any academic program requiring field placement is currently unauthorized.   Programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Educational Leadership, Teaching and Learning, and Alternative Education.   Students in Sport Science and Health Science are eligible for admission but are not permitted to take the optional internship.
Kansas Not Yet Determined No Restrictions
Kentucky Partial Any academic program requiring field placement is currently unauthorized.   Programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Educational Leadership, Teaching and Learning, and Alternative Education.   Students in Sport Science and Health Science are eligible for admission but are not permitted to take the optional internship.
Louisiana Partial Any academic program requiring field placement is currently unauthorized.   Programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Educational Leadership, Teaching and Learning, and Alternative Education.   Students in Sport Science and Health Science are eligible for admission but are not permitted to take the optional internship.
Maine Partial Any academic program requiring field placement is currently unauthorized.   Programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Educational Leadership, Teaching and Learning, and Alternative Education.   Students in Sport Science and Health Science are eligible for admission but are not permitted to take the optional internship.
Maryland Partial Any academic program requiring field placement is currently unauthorized.   Programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Educational Leadership, Teaching and Learning, and Alternative Education.   Students in Sport Science and Health Science are eligible for admission but are not permitted to take the optional internship.
Massachusetts Yes No Restrictions
Michigan Yes No Restrictions
Minnesota Not Yet Determined No Restrictions
Mississippi Yes No Restrictions
Missouri Not Yet Determined No Restrictions
Montana Not Yet Determined No Restrictions
Nebraska Yes No Restrictions
Nevada Partial Any academic program requiring field placement is currently unauthorized.   Programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Educational Leadership, Teaching and Learning, and Alternative Education.   Students in Sport Science and Health Science are eligible for admission but are not permitted to take the optional internship.
New Hampshire Partial Any academic program requiring field placement is currently unauthorized.   Programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Educational Leadership, Teaching and Learning, and Alternative Education.   Students in Sport Science and Health Science are eligible for admission but are not permitted to take the optional internship.
New Jersey Yes No Restrictions
New Mexico Not Yet Determined No Restrictions
New York Yes No Restrictions
North Carolina Partial Any academic program requiring field placement is currently unauthorized.   Programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Educational Leadership, Teaching and Learning, and Alternative Education.   Students in Sport Science and Health Science are eligible for admission but are not permitted to take the optional internship.
North Dakota Yes No Restrictions
Ohio Partial Any academic program requiring field placement is currently unauthorized.   Programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Educational Leadership, Teaching and Learning, and Alternative Education.   Students in Sport Science and Health Science are eligible for admission but are not permitted to take the optional internship.
Oklahoma Partial Any academic program requiring field placement is currently unauthorized.   Programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Educational Leadership, Teaching and Learning, and Alternative Education.   Students in Sport Science and Health Science are eligible for admission but are not permitted to take the optional internship.
Oregon Not Yet Determined No Restrictions
Pennsylvania Yes No Restrictions
Puerto Rico Partial Any academic program requiring field placement is currently unauthorized.   Programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Educational Leadership, Teaching and Learning, and Alternative Education.   Students in Sport Science and Health Science are eligible for admission but are not permitted to take the optional internship.
Rhode Island Yes No Restrictions
South Carolina Yes No Restrictions
South Dakota Not Yet Determined No Restrictions
Tennessee Partial Any academic program requiring field placement is currently unauthorized.   Programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Educational Leadership, Teaching and Learning, and Alternative Education.   Students in Sport Science and Health Science are eligible for admission but are not permitted to take the optional internship.
Texas Partial Any academic program requiring field placement is currently unauthorized.   Programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Educational Leadership, Teaching and Learning, and Alternative Education.   Students in Sport Science and Health Science are eligible for admission but are not permitted to take the optional internship.
Utah Yes No Restrictions
Vermont Yes No Restrictions
Virginia Yes No Restrictions
Washington Not Yet Determined No Restrictions
West Virginia Partial Any academic program requiring field placement is currently unauthorized.   Programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Educational Leadership, Teaching and Learning, and Alternative Education.   Students in Sport Science and Health Science are eligible for admission but are not permitted to take the optional internship.
Wisconsin Not Yet Determined No Restrictions
Wyoming Not Yet Determined No Restrictions

 

Prospective Students: if you are considering an online academic program that will lead to a professional license in your state, it is highly recommended that you seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in your home state prior to beginning any online program.

Complaint Process: Recent federal legislation (Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008) requires colleges and universities to provide students with information necessary to make informed decisions concerning their educational experiences. One important item relates to student complaints. Lock Haven University strives to serve its students fairly and equitably. If, however, a student has a complaint, we have a process in place to assist the student in resolving the complaint. Please see Lock Haven University's Student Complaint Procedures for more information.

Students located outside Pennsylvania may also choose to file a complaint with the appropriate agency in your state of residence. A list of the appropriate agencies is maintained by the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO).

To learn more about the state authorization of out of state institutions, please visit:  http://wcet.wiche.edu/learn/issues/state-authorization

 

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