State Authorization

INTRODUCTION

All states govern the physical presence (post-secondary education and access) of institutions from out-of-state.

Many states including Pennsylvania are voluntary members of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), which provides a baseline for standards of practice and allows for ease of student access to education.

However each state's physical presence laws remain unique regarding licensing processes and may include extra steps prior to providing clinical/internship/field experience-type placements.

Clarion University offers academic courses, programs, and clinical/internship/field experience-type placements 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.

 

PROFESSIONAL Licensure

Applicants who are applying to programs leading to licensure in states other than Pennsylvania must be aware of the various state professional licensure requirements. Please check licensure requirements by state at CareerOneStop or please use the link below:

https://www.careeronestop.org/toolkit/training/find-licenses.aspx

Orclick on these discipline-specific CareerOneStop links:

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.

All 50 States

*Some professional programs are subject to additional regulationsprior to clinical/internship/field experience-type placement or licensing (see below).

**Clinical/internship/field experience-type placements may be limited to 10 students (or less), per site, per year.

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

AZ, CA, DEFL, MD, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PASD, VA

* For unlisted states, contact Clarion Online

 

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

All 50 States

**Clinical/internship/field experience-type placements may belimited to 10 students (or less), per site, per year.

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

All 50 States

**Clinical/internship/field experience-type placements may belimited to 10 students (or less), per site, per year.

 

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

AR, CO, DE, FL, KS, MA, ME, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TX

* For unlisted states, contact Clarion Online  _______

 

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

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

* For unlisted states, contact _Clarion Online  ______

 

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

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 3/5/17