State Authorization

INTRODUCTION

Each state governs physical presence (post-secondary education and access) in their state by institutions located in other states.

Each state's physical presence laws are unique and may include academic courses, programs, field experiences (clinical experiences, internship, student teaching, practicum, field placement, service learning), marketing, recruiting, residence of faculty, and proctoring of exams.

Clarion University offers academic courses, programs, and field experiences by meeting each state's requirements for authorization.

The status of Clarion University's state authorizations are listed within the State Authorization Chart (below).

If you are a prospective or current student and do not find the program or state you are interested in, please contact Clarion Online for guidance.

State AUTHORIZation chart

 NOTE:  The states shown in bold on the chart are linked to SPECIAL NOTES for internal University use.

Program

State Exemptions

Online education exemption, per compliance with individual state processes.

AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, ID, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MI, MA, MS, MO, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY

Communication Sciences and Disorders field experience exemption, per compliance with individual state processes.

DE, MD, NY, OH, PA

Library Science field experience exemption, per compliance with individual state processes.

AZ, AR, CA, CT, DE, FL, KS, ME, MD, MA, MI, NH, NJ, NY, OR PA, SDTN, UT, VA, WAWV

Nonmedical/Nonclinical/Nonteaching Programs (RehabilitationPolitical ScienceEngineeringCommunications) field experience exemption, per compliance with individual state processes.

AZ, AR, CA, CODCDE, FL, KS, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SD, UT, VA 

 

Nursing clinical placement exemption, per compliance with individual state processes.

NYOH, PA

Student Teacher placement exemption, per compliance with individual state processes.

AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, FL, KS, ME, MD, MA, MI, NH, NJ, NY, PA, VA

Marketing exemption, per compliance with individual state processes.

AK, AZ, AR, CO, CT, FL, HI, ID, IL, KS, LA, ME, MD, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN,  UT, VT, VA, WA, WV

Recruiting exemption, per compliance with individual state processes.

AK, AR, AZ, CO, CT, DE, FL, HI, ID, IL, KS, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA

 

SPECIAL NOTES for use by Clarion University faculty, administration and staff:

Colorado, CO -OK for field placements in teaching and any PAID placement in other programs (including medical/clinical) where the employer carries workers compensation and licensing requirements are met.

District of Columbia, DC -Political Science field placements are OK. All other interested programs please contact Clarion Online for application completion.

 Delaware, DE -OK for field placements in library science, other nonmedical/nonclinical programs, communication sciences and disorders, with required background checks.

Kansas, KS -Limits numbers of students from any one institution.  Student teachers must complete a simple certificate and submit to KS Dept of ED.

Maryland, MD - Limits to 10 students per site/per program/per year.  OK with currently approved placements and any optional (nonrequired) placement.

New Jersey, NJ - Limits to 5 students per institution  

New York, NY - MSN-FNP nursing application is pending.

Ohio, OH - MSN nursing, rehabilitation science and co-op Engineering are OK. Communication Sciences and Disorders applications is prepared to submit. All other interested programs please contact Clarion Online for application completion.

Oregon, ORLibrary Science is OK per pending SARA status. All other interested programs please contact Clarion Online for application completion.  

South Dakota, SD -Limits to 10 students per site.

Tennessee, TN - OK for field placements in library science and student initiated placements. 

Washington, WA – OK for field placements in library science and any optional (nonrequired) placement.

Marketing - National advertising only (unless applied): KS, SC, TN, WA, WV.

Recruiting - Occasional recruiting only (unless applied): AR, KS, MO, RI, SC, TN, WA.

ACCREDITATIONS, APPROVALS and CERTIFICATES

PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE

Courses and field experiences may be used as preparation for licensed/certified professions (teaching, nursing, counseling), which are state regulated.  Clarion University programs provide for PA licensure/certification requirements but do not assure compatibility with out-of-state licensure/certification requirements.  Information about licensed/certified occupations can be found at:

WHAT IS STATE AUTHORIZATION AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

What is State Authorization?

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Education Act of 1965, amendment §600.9(c) State authorization says:

If an institution is offering post-secondary 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 post-secondary distance or correspondence education in that State. An institution must be able to document to the Secretary the State’s approval upon request.

What is Clarion University doing to stay compliant with state authorization? 

  1. Clarion University stays abreast of state authorization requirements, both federal and state, and is working toward achieving authorization for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and US Territories.  
  2. Clarion University monitors:
    • Prospective and current students’ programs, online and off-campus classes, field experiences (clinical experience, internship, student teaching, practicum, field placement, service learning), state of residence.
    • Marketing and recruiting efforts.

Why is state authorization important to students?

  1. Clarion University is located in Pennsylvania, and must have authorization to provide education to students who reside or want to study outside of PA. 
  2. Please check the State Authorization Chart if:
    • You reside in a state other than PA and want to take one or more Clarion University classes online.
    • You want to participate in a field experience (clinical experience, internship, student teaching, practicum, field placement, service learning) in a state other than Pennsylvania.

       3. Clarion University’s state authorization work is ongoing.  If the state or US territory of your interest is not listed              on the chart, please contact Clarion Online

COMPLAINT PROCESS

In compliance with 34 CFR 668.43(b) Code of Federal Regulation and U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) rules, an institution offering distance education must "provide its students or prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with its accreditor and with its State approval or licensing entity and any other relevant State official or agency that would appropriately handle a student's complaint." 

Clarion University of Pennsylvania encourages all current, former, and prospective students, regardless of their residency, to FIRST submit any grievances, complaints, or concerns directly to Clarion University as follows. For complaints or concerns,

  1. Related to a particular class students should follow, in accordance with the procedures and policies outlined in Clarion University's undergraduate and graduate catalogs and the Rights, Regulations, and Procedures Online handbook. The student should first discuss the problem with the faculty member who issued the grade. If not resolved to the student's satisfaction, they should then discuss the matter with the appropriate department chairperson.
  2. Unrelated to a particular class complete the Online Educational Complaint Form
  3. If students feel the issue cannot be resolved by the university, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education or its accreditor, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

  

Last Updated 10/31/16