State Authorization for Distance Education and Field Experiences

Due to new federal regulation, all universities offering distance education programs and field experiences 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 unattainable.

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.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the status of authorization in any state, please contact Angelic Hardy at anh1227@lhup.edu.  

State
Complaint Process
Authorized for Online Programs Authorized for Field Experiences SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS/CONSIDERATIONS SHEEO Survey
Alabama No No LHU is in the process of applying  for authorization in Alabama. Alabama Survey
Alaska Yes No

LHU is in the process of applying  for exemption Alaska. 

OK for 100% online programs only. 

If your academic program requires field placement it may not take place in Alaska.   This includes internships in both online and campus based programs.

Online graduate programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling,  Teaching and Learning, and Alternative Education.  Students in Sport Science and Health Science have an optional internship component.

Alaska Survey
Arizona Yes Yes According to SHEEO, public institutions are not required to be authorized.  LHU is in the process of verifying authorization in Arizona.  

OK for both 100% online programs and field experiences. 
Arizona Survey
Arkansas No Yes We are not accepting students from Arkansas for our 100% online programs.

OK for face-to-face programs offering field experiences.
Arkansas Survey
California Yes Yes The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education does not regulate public universities.  There is not a regulating authority for public universities.

OK for both 100% online programs and field experiences. 
California Survey
Colorado Yes Yes OK for both 100% online programs and field experiences.  Colorado Survey
Connecticut Yes Yes The Office of Higher Education does not regulate placement of students in experiential settings unless the institution has a physical presence in Connecticut. LHU does not meet the Connecticut definition of physical presence. 

OK for both 100% online programs and field experiences. 
Connecticut Survey
Delaware Yes No

LHU is in the process of applying for authorization in Delaware.

OK for 100% online programs only. 

If your academic program requires field placement it may not take place in Delaware.   This includes internships in both online and campus based programs.

Online graduate programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling,  Teaching and Learning, and Alternative Education.  Students in Sport Science and Health Science have an optional internship component.

Delaware Survey
District of Columbia Yes No

LHU is in the process of applying for conditional exemption in the District of Columbia.

OK for 100% online programs only. 

If your academic program requires field placement it may not take place in the District of Columbia.  This includes internships in  both online and campus based programs.

Any academic program requiring field placement is currently unauthorized.   Graduate programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling,  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
Florida Yes Yes LHU does not meet the definition of physical presence in Florida.  Florida Survey
Georgia Yes Yes LHU does not engage in any of the activites requiring authorization in Georgia.  LHU is in the process of submitting documenation stating so to Georgia NPEC.

OK for 100% online programs and field placements.   This includes internships in both online and campus based programs.
Georgia Survey
Hawaii Yes Yes LHU does not meet the definition of physical presence in Hawaii.  Typical field placements should not trigger a physical presence. 

OK for both 100% online programs and field experiences. 
Hawaii Survey
Idaho Yes Partial

OK for both 100% online programs and field experiences.

May not have more than 10 students placed in a single site. 

LHU may not have more than 11 PA Clinical placements may occur in Idaho at a single field site.  PA Trainee Registration is required for the time period that PA students are doing their clinicals in Idaho. The PA Trainee Application form can be found online at http://bom.idaho.gov/BOMPortal/BoardAdditional.aspx?Board=PAC&BureauLinkID=930

Idaho Survey
Illinois Yes Yes LHU does not meet the definition of physical presence in Illinois.  LHU is in the process of applying for limited physical presence  in Illinois.

Programs are not permitted to have more than five students, in a single program, physically present at one or more sites in the State in a supervised internship, practicum, or field experience as a required part of a degree or certificate program.
Illinois Survey
Indiana No Partial LHU is in the process of applying for authorization in  Indiana.

OK for residential field experiences.  Residential programs may not have more than 10 students physically located at an internships site per program.
Indiana Survey
Iowa Yes Partial

OK for 100% online programs only. If your online academic program requires field placement it may not take place in Iowa.  LHU is in the process of applying for authorization in Iowa.

OK for internships in face-to-face programs.

Online graduate programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling,  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.

Iowa Survey
Kansas Yes Yes

At this time, LHU does not need to apply with the Kansas Board of Regents for a Certificate of Approval.

OK for both 100% online programs and field placements. This includes internships in both online and campus based programs.

Kansas Survey
Kentucky Yes No At this time, LHU does not meet the criteria for "operate and solicit" in Kentucky.  LHU is in the process of submitting a letter of certification.

OK for 100% online programs only.  If your academic program requires field placement it may not take place in Kentucky.   This includes internships in both online and campus based programs. Clinical placements require CPE licensure.

Online graduate programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling,  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.
Kentucky Survey
Louisiana Yes No At this time, LHU does not meet the definition of physical presence in Louisiana.  LHU is in the process of applying for authorization in Louisiana.

OK for 100% online programs only.  If your academic program requires field placement it may not take place in Louisiana.   This includes internships in both online and campus based programs.

Online graduate programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling,  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 Survey
Maine Yes No At this time, LHU does not meet the definition of Physical Presence in Maine.  LHU is in the process of applying for exemption in  Maine.

OK for both 100% online programs  and field experiences.  This includes internships in both online and campus based programs.
Maine Survey
Maryland Partial Partial

LHU has is authorized with the Commission to enroll Maryland students in the following fully online distance education programs: 

Health Science

Sport Science

RN to BSN

Regarding field placements in Maryland - Programs are not permitted to have more than five students, in a single program, physically present at one or more sites in the State in a supervised internship, practicum, or field experience as a required part of a degree or certificate program.

-Title 13B Maryland Higher Education Commission, Subtitle 02, Chapter 01.03.B.12.c.

Maryland Survey
Massachusetts Yes Yes At this time, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education's definition of physical presences does not include distance education, experiential learning activities, such as internships, externships, clinical, or practice within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  New regulations are anticipated to be in effect fall 2015.

OK for both 100% online programs and  field  placements.  This includes internships in both online and campus based programs.
Massachusetts Survey
Michigan Yes Yes LHU is a public university and is not required to seek approval or licensure to offer distance education, operate, advertise, recruit or employ faculty within the state of Michigan.

OK for both 100% online programs only and field  placements.   This includes internships in both online and campus based programs.
Michigan Survey
Minnesota No No LHU is in the process of applying for authorization in Minnesota. Minnesota Survey
Mississippi Yes Yes At this time, LHU is not required to authorized in Mississippi.  LHU is in the process of submitting a letter of certification.

OK for both 100% online programs and field  placements.  This includes internships in both online and campus based programs.
Mississippi Survey
Missouri No No LHU is in the process of applying for authorization in Missouri. Missouri Survey
Montana No No LHU is in the process of applying for authorization in Montana. Montana Survey
Nebraska Yes Yes At this time, LHU does not meet the definition of physical presence in Nebraska.   Nebraska Survey
Nevada yes No LHU is in the process of applying for exemption for distance education in Nevada. Nevada Survey
New Hampshire Yes No At this time, LHU does not meet the definition of Physical Presence in New Hampshire.  LHU is in the process of applying for exemption in  New Hampshire.

OK for 100% online programs only.  If your academic program requires field placement it may not take place in New Hampshire.   This includes internships in both online and campus based programs. 

Online graduate programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling,  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 Survey
New Jersey Yes Yes At this time, LHU does not meet the definition of physical presence in New Jersey. 

OK for both 100% online programs and field  placements.   This includes internships in both online and campus based programs.
New Jersey Survey
New Mexico Yes No OK for 100% online programs only. If your academic program requires field placement it may not take place in New Mexico.   This includes internships in both online and campus based programs.

Online graduate programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling,  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 Mexico Survey
New York Yes Yes At this time, LHU does not meet the definition of physical presence in New York.

OK for both 100% online programs and field placements except Clinical Mental Health Counseling.   This includes internships in both online and campus based programs.
New York Survey
North Carolina Yes No

OK for 100% online programs only. 

If your academic program requires field placement it may not take place in North Carolina.  This includes internships in both online and campus based programs.

Online graduate programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling,  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 Carolina Survey
North Dakota No No LHU is in the process of applying for exemption in North Dakota. North Dakota Survey
Ohio Yes No

LHU is in the process of applying for Authorization in Ohio.

OK for 100% online programs only. 

If your academic program requires field placement it may not take place in Ohio.  This includes internships in both online and campus based programs.

Online graduate programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling,  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.

Ohio Survey
Oklahoma Yes No

At this time, LHU does not meet the definition of physical presence in Oklahoma.  LHU is in the process of applying for authorization in Oklahoma.

OK for 100% online programs only. 

If your academic program requires field placement it may not take place in Oklahoma. This includes internships in both online and campus based programs.

Online graduate programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling,  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 Survey
Oregon Yes No

LHU is in the process of applying for authorization in Oregon.

OK for 100% online programs only. 

If your academic program requires field placement it may not take place in Oregon.  This includes internships in both online and campus based programs.

Online graduate programs requiring field placement include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling,  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 Survey
Pennsylvania Yes Yes LHU is owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, therefore we are fully authorized. Pennsylvania Survey
Rhode Island Yes Yes At this time, LHU does not meet the definition of physical presence in Rhode Island. 

OK for both 100% online programs and field experiences. 
Rhode Island Survey
South Carolina Yes Yes At this time, LHU does not meet the definition of physical presence in South Carolina. 

OK for both 100% online programs and field experiences. 
South Carolina Survey
South Dakota Yes Yes At this time, LHU does not meet the definition of physical presence in South Dakota. 

OK for both 100% online programs and field experiences.

According to SL 2014, ch 96, SS 2, experiential learning opportunities are limited to "...only ten students from each institution physically present simultaneously at a single field site."
South Dakota Survey
Tennessee Yes Yes

OK for both 100% online programs and field experiences.  

Currently, LHU does not participate in any activity that triggers a physical presence in Tennessee. 

Tennessee Survey
Texas Yes Partial

OK for 100% online programs only. 

ALL  field placements require authorization three months prior to placement.  This includes internships in both online and campus based programs.

LHU is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code.

 

Texas Survey
Utah Yes Yes

Accreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education allows LHU to be exempt from authorization in Utah.

Letter of Exemption 

Utah Survey
Vermont Yes Yes At this time, LHU does not meet the definition of physical presence in Vermont.  LHU is in the process of applying for exemption in Vermont. 

OK for both 100% online programs and field experiences. 
Vermont Survey
Virginia Yes Yes At this time, LHU does not meet the definition of physical presence in Virginia. 

OK for both 100% online programs and field experiences. 
Virginia Survey
Washington No Partial

OK for internships in campus-based programs only.  Internships for campus-based programs do not require authorization.

LHU is in the process of applying for authorization for distance education programs and distance education internships in Washington.

Washington Survey

West Virginia

Yes

Yes

OK for both 100% online programs and field experiences.

LHU has recently received authorization to provide internships in West Virginia.  The letter of authorization will be posted soon. 

West Virginia Survey

Wisconsin

Yes

Yes

OK for both 100% online programs and field experiences.

LHU has not determined if the 100% online Clinical Mental Health Counseling program conforms to the state of Wisconsin's licensure requirements.

Wisconsin Survey

Wyoming

No

No

LHU is in the process of applying for authorization in Wyoming.

Wyoming Survey

 

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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