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Accreditation and State Regulatory Authorizations

Accreditation and State Regulatory Authorizations

ASU Accreditation

Arizona State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. The Higher Learning Commission is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This federally-recognized body provides assurance to students, parents and all stakeholders that ASU meets clear quality standards for educational and financial performance, http://www.ncahlc.org/.

State Authorization

Arizona State University seeks to deliver all of our online programs in every state. When authorization or licensure is necessary or becomes necessary, Arizona State University works to obtain the required approvals. While we monitor the laws in each state, authorization of distance education is a dynamic environment and prospective students should check this site often for updates. Arizona State University is currently authorized, licensed, registered, exempt or not subject to approval in all states, with the exceptions listed below. It is the student’s responsibility to note current circumstances or special requirements listed by state, below:

Important Note for Prospective Students: If you are considering an academic program that leads to a professional license in your state, it is highly recommended that you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in your home state BEFORE beginning the academic program located outside your state.

Alabama
Teacher Education*: State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Prospective Alabama students are advised to contact the Alabama State Superintendent of Education. Applicants for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama’s test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license issued by another state at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama issues a certificate. Applicants for Alabama certification in an area of administration must also document at least three years of full-time employment as an administrator in a P-12 school system(s). http://www.alsde.edu

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 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. www.abn.alabama.gov

Alaska
Arizona State University’s online distance education programs are exempt from authorization requirements in the state of Alaska under AS 14.48 because the programs are online or do not have a physical presence in the state of Alaska.

Nursing: Arizona State University is in the process of obtaining approval by the Alaska Board of Nursing to offer the Doctor of Nursing program to residents of Alaska.

Arkansas
Education*: Arizona State University is unable to enroll Arkansas students in Education programs offered by the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

Nursing: Arizona State University is currently in the process of obtaining approval by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing to offer the Doctor of Nursing Program to residents of Arkansas.

Additionally, undergraduate Arkansas students taking general education requirements are required to take either American Government or U.S. History.

California
Nursing: Arizona State University is currently in the process of obtaining approval by the California Board of Registered Nursing to offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Nursing Practice in Innovation Leadership programs to residents of California.

Connecticut
Education*: Students interested in the Master of Education in Early Childhood Education are excluded from enrolling in the Arizona Certification track; Early Childhood Education teacher certification is not available in Connecticut.

Nursing: Arizona State University is currently in the process of obtaining approval by the Connecticut Board of Examiners for Nursing to offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice program to residents of Connecticut.

Delaware
Arizona State University is currently in the process of obtaining approval by the Delaware Department of Education to offer the following programs to residents of Delaware:

  • Graduate Certificate in An Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Graduate Certificate in K-12 Online Teaching
  • Master of Arts in English as a Second Language
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership: Principalship
  • Master of Science in the Science of Health Care Delivery
  • Doctor of Behavioral Health
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

Idaho
Arizona State University is currently in the process of obtaining approval by the Idaho State Board of Education to offer the following programs to residents of Idaho:

  • Doctor of Behavioral Health
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

Illinois
Education*: Arizona State University is unable to enroll Illinois students in the Master of Education in Educational Leadership: Principalship program.

Indiana
This institution is authorized by:
The Indiana Board for Proprietary Education
101 W. Ohio St., Suite 670
Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984

Iowa
Arizona State University is currently in the process of obtaining authorization to offer distance education programs in Iowa. All required applications have been submitted to the Iowa Student Aid Commission and Iowa Department of Education and we are awaiting final approval from the State and its agencies.

Education*: Arizona State University is unable to enroll Iowa students in the Master of Education in Educational Leadership: Principalship program. Iowa students enrolled in other educator preparation programs are advised of the following:

  • A student seeking an Iowa educator license is advised that successful completion of an Arizona State University educator preparation program does not qualify you for initial licensure by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners.
  • A candidate seeking licensure in the State of Iowa must first be licensed/certified as an educator in the state of Arizona. ASU shall assist candidates in contacting the appropriate licensing board in Arizona and will further assist candidates in understanding the requirements of the appropriate licensing board prior to a candidate’s completion of an ASU educator preparation program.
  • Candidates seeking subsequent licensure from the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners must contact that Board for Iowa licensure requirements at (515) 281-5849. Additional information is also available at http://www.boee.iowa.gov/.

Kansas
Nursing: Arizona State University is currently in the process of obtaining approval by the Kansas Board of Nursing to offer the RN-BSN, Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Nursing Practice in Innovation Leadership programs to residents of Kansas.

Arizona State University is currently in the process of obtaining approval to offer the following programs with a practicum/experiential to residents of Kansas from the Kansas Board of Regents:

  • Graduate Certificate in An Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Graduate Certificate in K-12 Online Teaching
  • Master of Arts in English as a Second Language
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership: Principalship
  • Master of Science in the Science of Health Care Delivery
  • Doctor of Behavioral Health
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

Kentucky
Education*: Arizona State University is unable to enroll Kentucky students in Education programs offered by the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

Nursing: Arizona State University is currently in the process of obtaining approval by the Kentucky Board of Nursing to offer the RN-BSN, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Nursing Practice in Innovation Leadership programs to residents of Kentucky.

Louisiana
Arizona State University is currently licensed by the Board of Regents of the State of Louisiana. Licenses are renewed by the State Board of Regents every two years. Licensed institutions have met minimal operational standards set forth by the state, but licensure does not constitute accreditation, guarantee the transferability of credit, nor signify that programs are certifiable by any professional agency or organization.

Education*: Arizona State University is unable to enroll students in Education programs offered by the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

Nursing: Arizona State University is unable to enroll students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Nursing Practice in Innovation Leadership programs.

Maine
Nursing: Arizona State University is currently in the process of obtaining approval by the Maine State Board of Nursing to offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice program to residents of Maine.

Maryland
Arizona State University is in compliance with the requirements of the Education Article, Title 11, Subtitle 2, Annotated Code of Maryland and COMAR 13B.05.01 and is registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission to enroll Maryland students.

The refund policy for Maryland students is as follows: Proportion of Total Course, Program, or Term completed as of Date of Withdrawal or Termination Tuition Refund: Less than 10% = 90% refund; 10% up to but not including 20% = 80% refund; 20% up to but not including 30% = 60% refund; 30% up to but not including 40% = 40% refund; 40% up to but not including 60% = 20% refund; More than 60% = No refund

Education*: Students interested in the Master of Education in Early Childhood Education are excluded from enrolling in the Arizona Certification track; Early Childhood Education teacher certification is not available in Maryland.

Nursing: Arizona State University is currently in the process of obtaining approval by the Maryland Board of Nursing to offer the RN-BSN and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs to residents of Maryland.

The following programs have not yet been approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission for ASU to offer to residents of Maryland:

  • Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Business Data Analytics
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Homeland Security
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business (Global Leadership)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business (Global Logistics)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business (Retail Management)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business (Sustainability)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Global Health
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography
  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • Graduate Certificate in Business Journalism
  • Graduate Certificate in Corrections Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Criminal Sentencing and Criminal Advocacy
  • Graduate Certificate in English as a Second Language
  • Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education
  • Graduate Certificate in Law Enforcement Administration
  • Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management
  • Master of Arts in Emergency Management and Homeland Security
  • Master of Arts in English
  • Master of Arts in History
  • Master of Legal Studies
  • Master of Science in Business Analytics
  • Master of Science in Construction Management
  • Master of Science in Family and Human Development
  • Master of Science in Human Nutrition (Dietetics)
  • Master of Science in the Science of Health Care Delivery
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice in Innovation Leadership

Massachusetts
The following programs have not yet been approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education for ASU to offer to residents of Massachusetts:

  • Graduate Certificate in An Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Graduate Certificate in K-12 Online Teaching
  • Master of Arts in English as a Second Language
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership: Principalship
  • Master of Science in the Science of Health Care Delivery
  • Doctor of Behavioral Health
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

Minnesota
Arizona State University is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

Per the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, Minnesota residents who enroll in an ASU Online undergraduate program will be required to complete at least the minimum number of credits identified in each of the following four categories in order to satisfy the Minnesota Degree Standards: Communication, Natural Sciences/Mathematics, Humanities, and Social Science. Please check the Minnesota Degree Standards to ensure compliancy. Additionally, computer classes are not considered General Education classes in Minnesota and History classes are considered Social Science classes.

The following programs have not yet been approved by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education for ASU to offer to residents of Minnesota:

  • Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Business Data Analytics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Global Health
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography
  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • Graduate Certificate in Criminal Sentencing and Criminal Advocacy
  • Graduate Certificate in English as a Second Language
  • Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education
  • Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice in Innovation Leadership

New Hampshire
The following programs have not yet been approved by the New Hampshire Higher Education Commission for ASU to offer to residents of New Hampshire:

  • Graduate Certificate in An Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Graduate Certificate in K-12 Online Teaching
  • Master of Arts in English as a Second Language
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership: Principalship
  • Master of Science in the Science of Health Care Delivery
  • Doctor of Behavioral Health
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

New Jersey
Education*: Students interested in the Master of Education in Early Childhood Education are excluded from enrolling in the Arizona Certification track; Early Childhood Education teacher certification is not available in New Jersey.

New York
Nursing: Arizona State University is currently in the process of obtaining approval from the New York Office of the Professions, Board of Nursing to offer the RN-BSN and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs to residents of New York.

North Carolina
The following programs have not yet been approved by the Board of Governors for the University of North Carolina for ASU to offer to residents of North Carolina:

  • Graduate Certificate in An Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Graduate Certificate in K-12 Online Teaching
  • Master of Arts in English as a Second Language
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership: Principalship
  • Master of Science in the Science of Health Care Delivery
  • Doctor of Behavioral Health
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

North Dakota
Nursing: Arizona State University is currently in the process of obtaining approval by the North Dakota Board of Nursing to offer the RN-BSN, Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Nursing Practice in Innovation Leadership programs to residents of North Dakota.

Ohio
Education*: Students interested in the Master of Education in Early Childhood Education are excluded from enrolling in the Arizona Certification track; Early Childhood Education teacher certification is not available in Ohio.

The following programs have not yet been approved by Ohio Board of Regents for ASU to offer to residents of Ohio:

  • Graduate Certificate in An Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Graduate Certificate in K-12 Online Teaching
  • Master of Science in the Science of Health Care Delivery

Oregon
Arizona State University is in compliance with the requirements of OAR 583-030-0035(18) for Oregon residents’ tuition refund policy. The refund policy for Oregon students is as follows: Proportion of Total Course, Program, or Term completed as of Date of Withdrawal or Termination Tuition Refund: Less than 10% = 90% refund; 10% up to but not including 20% = 80% refund; 20% up to but not including 30% = 60% refund; 30% up to but not including 40% = 40% refund; 40% up to but not including 60% = 20% refund; More than 60% = No refund

The following programs have not yet been approved by Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission for ASU to offer to residents of Oregon:

  • Graduate Certificate in An Overview in Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Graduate Certificate in K-12 Online Teaching
  • Master of Arts in English as a Second Language
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership: Principalship
  • Master of Science in the Science of Health Care Delivery
  • Doctor of Behavioral Health
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice in Innovation Leadership

Nursing: Arizona State University is currently in the process of obtaining approval by the Oregon Board of Nursing to offer the RN-BSN, Doctor of Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice in Innovation Leadership programs to residents of Oregon.

Pennsylvania
Nursing: Arizona State University is currently in the process of obtaining approval by the Pennsylvania Department of State, State Board of Nursing to offer the RN-BSN, Doctor of Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice in Innovation Leadership programs to residents of Pennsylvania.

Rhode Island
Nursing: Arizona State University is currently in the process of obtaining approval by the Rhode Island Department of Health, Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education to offer the RN-BSN, Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Nursing Practice in Innovation Leadership programs to residents of Rhode Island.

South Carolina
Arizona State University does not imply, promise, or guarantee that credits earned at the University will transfer to other institutions, since such determinations are made according to the policies of the receiving institution. If you are considering transferring to another school, it is your responsibility to determine whether that school will accept your academic credits. You are encouraged to make this determination as early as possible.

Tennessee
Nursing: Arizona State University is currently in the process of obtaining approval by the Tennessee Department of Health, Board of Nursing to offer the RN-BSN, Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Nursing Practice in Innovation Leadership programs to residents of Tennessee.

Washington State
Arizona State University is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Arizona State University to offer field placement components for specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.

Education*: Students interested in the Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and the Master of Education in Educational Leadership: Principalship Program should be aware that eligibility for initial educator certification in Washington is based on completion of a Washington state approved educator preparation program. Even though you may be residing in Washington while in this program, your application for educator certification in Washington will be processed as an out-of-state application from Arizona. Go tohttp://pathway.pesb.wa.gov/outofstate for more information. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for teacher advancement.

Nursing: Arizona State University is currently in the process of obtaining approval by the Washington State Nursing Commission to offer the RN-BSN, Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Nursing Practice in Innovation Leadership program to residents of Washington.

West Virginia
Nursing: We are currently in the process of obtaining approval by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses to offer the Doctor of Nursing program to residents of West Virginia.

*Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College – All Online Programs
Arizona State University is in the process of obtaining state authorization to offer ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College programs in states outside of Arizona. Educator licensure and certification are regulated individually by State Departments of Education and no two are exactly alike. States have differing levels of licensure and/or certification requirements. Students who seek admission to an Arizona State University Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College online program for endorsement or initial educator certification in their home state should contact their home state’s Department of Education for applicable requirements rules and regulations. Students are responsible for determining whether the Teachers College online program will meet their home states’ requirements for certification, licensure, or otherwise advancing a student’s teaching or administrator credentials.

Residents of Puerto Rico
Arizona State University is in the process of obtaining licensure by the Puerto Rico Council on Higher Education to offer online degree programs to residents of Puerto Rico.

State Contact Information

Pursuant to the United States Department of Education’s Program Integrity Rule, each institution of higher education is required to provide all prospective and current students with the contact information of the state agency or agencies that handle complaints against postsecondary education institutions offering distance learning within that state. Students are encouraged to utilize Arizona State University’s internal complaint or review policies and procedures prior to filing a complaint with a state agency. Click here to access a list of contacts from each state in which a student may file a complaint.