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State Authorization Regarding Online and Distance Education
The following information explains Post University’s status regarding offering online education to students outside of Connecticut.  Students located in any state may enroll in all online programming offered by Post University.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)
Post University is an institutional participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). As a participating institution, it adheres to a common set of standards for offering postsecondary distance education among member states, districts, and territories. The Agreement establishes comparable national standards for the interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. Post University continues to monitor developments in the relevant laws in each state. If authorization or licensure is or becomes necessary, Post University will take the necessary steps to gain approval.

NC-SARA Member States, Districts, and Territories
The chart below lists all current participating SARA states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Professional Credentialing Disclosure Statement

The United States Department of Education (DOE) and National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) require institutions to disclose to students, for programs specifically designed for certification or licensure, all requirements they must meet to attain the credential. This requirement applies to both online and in-person programs. Requirements for credentialing in fields such as accounting, education, and counseling vary from state to state. Students must contact the credentialing boards in the states in which they intend to work to determine any certification or licensure requirements. Students relocating during or after their education are responsible for researching the credentialing requirements for the state or territory to which they are moving. Students are further advised that some states’ laws require criminal background checks which could result in being disqualified from testing. Students with criminal backgrounds are strongly advised to check with their home states for additional information.

Accounting
The Associate of Science in Accounting and Bachelor of Science in Accounting degrees are not specifically designed to fulfill Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensure requirements in an individual state, however, the programs can be used to partially fulfill licensure requirements. The programs are also not designed to fulfill Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certification requirements, although the programs can be used to partially fulfill these requirements (the other requirements can be found on the Institute of Management Accountants website: https://www.imanet.org/).

The Master of Science in Accounting, with the CPA Track, and Certificate in Accounting (Post-Baccalaureate) programs are designed to prepare students to sit for the Uniform Public Certified Accountant Exam.

The Certificate in Forensic Accounting is designed to prepare students for the Certified Fraud Examiner examination. There are other requirements to earning this credential; learn about them on the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners website: https://www.acfe.com/become-cfe-qualifications.aspx

Each state has different requirements for licensure. Post University does not guarantee licensure, and there are licensure requirements outside of education. It is ultimately the responsibility of individual students to be in charge of their own licensure process and to make sure that all requirements are met in obtaining licensure. Post University does not speak on behalf of any licensing board or body.

The following table shows whether Post University, with completion of the appropriate curriculum, does or does not fulfill the educational requirements for a specific license:

Specific Program Disclaimers
All other programs the University offers are not designed to prepare students for licensure or certification.  Students are responsible for contacting the appropriate credentialing agencies in their home states before enrolling in any degree or certificate programs they intend to use for obtaining professional credentialing, to determine whether the programs will meet their home states credentialing requirements.   Other than the accounting programs that are designated above, Post does not confirm whether any other programs meet the requirements for professional licensure inside or outside of Connecticut.  Please direct further questions to your Program Chair or Dean.

Bachelor of Science in Child Studies
The Bachelor of Science in Child Studies does not prepare students for teacher certification or licensure in any state.  Graduates may pursue teacher certification through alternative routes such as post-baccalaureate or graduate programs that prepare students for teacher licensure.  Please direct further questions to the Undergraduate Program Chair or Dean of the John P. Burke School of Public Service and Education.

Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services
Graduates may work in a wide variety of settings, including non-profits, state agencies, corrections, halfway houses, child and family service centers, and geriatric facilities. Students will need to fulfill additional specific requirements to become credentialed counselors. While the Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services is not specifically designed to fulfill licensure requirements in an individual state, the program can be used to partially fulfill licensure requirements. Each state has different requirements for licensure. Post University does not guarantee licensure, and there are licensure requirements outside of education. It is ultimately the responsibility of individual students to be in charge of their own licensure process and to make sure that all requirements are met in obtaining licensure. Post University does not speak on behalf of any licensing board or body.

The following tables show whether Post University, with completion of the appropriate curriculum, does or does not fulfill the educational requirements for a specific license:

Professional Counseling Certificate
Students may complete this certificate for personal or professional edification or may work towards completing requirements for a clinical mental health counseling license. While the Professional Counseling Certificate is not specifically designed to fulfill licensure requirements in an individual state, the program can be used to partially fulfill licensure requirements. Each state has different requirements for licensure. Post University does not guarantee licensure, and there are licensure requirements outside of education. It is ultimately the responsibility of individual students to be in charge of their own licensure process and to make sure that all requirements are met in obtaining licensure. Post University does not speak on behalf of any licensing board or body.

The following tables show whether Post University, with completion of the appropriate curriculum, does or does not fulfill the educational requirements for a specific license:

Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate
Students may complete this certificate for personal or professional edification or may work towards completing requirements for an alcohol and drug counseling credential. While the Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate is not specifically designed to fulfill licensure requirements in an individual state, the program can be used to partially fulfill licensure requirements. Each state has different requirements for licensure. Post University does not guarantee licensure, and there are licensure requirements outside of education. It is ultimately the responsibility of individual students to be in charge of their own licensure process and to make sure that all requirements are met in obtaining licensure. Post University does not speak on behalf of any licensing board or body.

The following tables show whether Post University, with completion of the appropriate curriculum, does or does not fulfill the educational requirements for a specific license:

Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership
The Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership program is not specifically designed to prepare students for certification or licensure in any state. Students work through coursework designed to prepare them to respond to the challenges faced by professionals in the field of higher education administration. Core coursework explores leadership and change management theory; analysis of demographic trends; assessment and evaluation practices; exploring the delivery of all aspects of student services; and, solving problems of practice. Following the core, students select a four-course concentration in either Student Affairs or Administration. At the end of the program, students will demonstrate mastery of educational research, planning, methodology, and design as they work towards the completion of an action research project in the Capstone courses. It is the students’ responsibility to understand and comply with requirements in the state where they intend to work as an administrator or teacher. Please direct further questions to your Program Chair or Dean.

Master of Education
Post University’s Master of Education program is not a teacher licensure program nor is it specifically designed to prepare students for certification or licensure in any state.  Please check with your state and/or local district to confirm the use of this degree towards any path to certification. It is the students’ responsibility to understand and comply with requirements in the state where they intend to work as an administrator or teacher.  Please direct further questions to your Program Chair or Dean.

Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration
Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration is not specifically designed to prepare students for certification or licensure in any state.  Students will develop skills in the areas of adult learning, post-secondary student affairs and services, higher education leadership, and higher education policy. It is the students’ responsibility to understand and comply with requirements in the state where they intend to work as an administrator or teacher. Please direct further questions to your Program Chair or Dean.

Graduate Certificate in Learning Design and Technology
Post University’s online Graduate Certificate in Learning Design & Technology is not a teacher licensure program nor is it specifically designed to prepare students for certification or licensure in any state. However, credits earned with this certificate are transferable to the Master of Education degree at Post University. Post University’s Master of Education program is not a teacher licensure program. Please direct further questions to your Program Chair or Dean.

Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching
The Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching program is not a teacher licensure program nor is it specifically designed to prepare students for certification or licensure in any state. Please check with your state and/or local district to confirm the use of this certificate towards any path to certification. It is the students’ responsibility to understand and comply with requirements in the state where they intend to work as an administrator or teacher. Please direct further questions to your Program Chair or Dean.

Graduate Certificate in Teaching English Language Learners
Certificate in Teaching English Language Learners program is not a teacher licensure program nor is it specifically designed to prepare students for certification or licensure in any state. Please check with your state and/or local district to confirm the use of this certificate towards any path to certification. Please direct further questions to your Program Chair or Dean.

Master of Public Administration
The Master of Public Administration program is not specifically designed to prepare students for certification or licensure in any state. As licensure is a professional process, it is up to each student to fully understand the licensure process, as it varies from state to state and area of specialization.  The faculty and staff in the Master of Public Administration program are here to support and advise students on program requirements, but it is ultimately the responsibility of individual student to be in charge of their own licensure process and to make sure that all requirements are met in obtaining licensure.  Post University does not speak on behalf of any licensing board or body.  It is the students’ responsibility to understand and comply with requirements in the state where they intend to work as an administrator or teacher. Please direct further questions to your Program Chair or Dean.

NC-SARA Member States, Districts, and Territories

The chart below lists all current participating SARA states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Alabama District of Columbia
Alaska Nevada
Arizona New Hampshire
Arkansas New Jersey
Colorado New Mexico
Connecticut New York
Delaware North Carolina
Florida North Dakota
Georgia Ohio
Hawaii Oklahoma
Idaho Oregon
Illinois Pennsylvania
Indiana Rhode Island
Iowa South Carolina
Kansas South Dakota
Kentucky Tennessee
Louisiana Texas
Maine Utah
Maryland Vermont
Massachusetts Virginia
Michigan Washington
Minnesota West Virginia
Mississippi Wisconsin
Missouri Wyoming
Montana Puerto Rico
Nebraska U.S. Virgin Islands

Information on SARA states is available at http://nc-sara.org/sara-states-institutions.

Out-of-State Educational/Field Experience
Courses and programs incorporating a “supervised field experience” are covered by SARA provisions.  SARA defines a “supervised field experience” as a learning experience under the oversight of a supervisor, mentor, faculty member or other qualified professional, located in the host state, who has a direct or indirect reporting responsibility to the institution where the student enrolled.  Examples are internships, practica, or field experiences.

Additional Online Disclosures
Some states require University to provide the following additional information to online students:

Arkansas: The student should be aware that Post University credits may not transfer.

Maryland: Post University is exempt from licensure since it does not maintain physical facilities or offer instructional programs on the ground within the state. Please be aware that, if you live in Maryland and are enrolled in the B.S. in Child Studies, the program meets the education standards for the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Early Childhood Teaching Credential and that those anticipating to seek licensure in the State of Maryland should consult with the Maryland State Department of Education to determine licensure requirements and eligibility. Also, due to state regulations, Post University offers Maryland residents an amended refund policy. If you are a student located in Maryland, please contact student accounts aid at 800.345.2562 for more information regarding
Maryland’s refund policy.

Minnesota: Post University is exempt from licensure since it does not maintain physical facilities or offer instructional programs on the ground within the state. Please note Minnesota’s general education requirements are different from the state of Connecticut. Please contact admissions@post.edu for information on how to satisfy these requirements.

New Mexico: New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) will receive complaints that were unable to be resolved through the institution’s internal complaint process. Generally, in order to file a complaint with NMHED, you must have already filed with and received a response from the institution that you are complaining against. If you have legitimate reasons preventing you from filing a complaint with the institution, you must provide supporting documentation to that regard. Please visit this website for additional information at http://hed.state.nm.us/Complaint.aspx.

North Carolina: North Carolina students seeking licensure are responsible for contacting the following North Carolina organizations for requirements: North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors (NCBLPC) and NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB). Licensure in the Human Services field is a professional process that varies from state to state and area of specialization. Post University’s Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services affords students the opportunity to take additional coursework toward licensure eligibility, but it is not a licensure program.

Ohio: The following online degree programs that contain on-ground components to be completed in Ohio have been authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents: A.S. in Early Childhood Education, B.S. in Child Studies, B.S. in Sport Management, B.S. In Counseling and Human Services; and M.S. in Human Services.

Oregon: Post University has received approval from the Office of Degree Authorization to offer online courses, certificates, and degree programs to students in Oregon and includes approval to place students at appropriate sites in Oregon. Due to state regulations, Post University offers Oregon residents an amended refund policy.

Texas: After exhausting Post’s University grievance/complaint process, current, former, and prospective students may initiate a complaint with Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) by sending the required forms either by electronic mail or by mail to the THECB. Information regarding THECB’s process can be found at: http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/index.cfm.

California Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)
California established the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic loss suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution who is or was a California resident while enrolled or was enrolled in a residency program, if the student enrolled in the institution, prepaid tuition, and suffered an economic loss.

Unless relieved of the obligation to do so, you must pay the state-imposed assessment for the Fund STRF, or it must be paid on your behalf, if you are a student who is a California resident in an educational program or are enrolled in a residency program and prepay all or part of your tuition.

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you do not have to pay the STRF assessment if you are not a California resident or enrolled in a residency program. It is important that you keep copies of your financial aid documents, receipts, or any other information that documents the amount paid to the school. Direct all questions regarding the STRF to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, 916.431.6959 or 888.370.7589.

To be eligible for STRF, you must be a California resident or enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid or deemed to have paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  1. The institution, a location of the institution, or an educational program offered by the institution was closed or discontinued, and you did not choose to participate in a teach-out plan approved by the Bureau or did not complete a chosen teach-out plan approved by the Bureau.
  2. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution within the 120-day period before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, or were enrolled in an educational program within the 120-day period before the program was discontinued.
  3. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution more than 120 days before the closure of the institution or location of the institution in an educational program offered by the institution as to which the Bureau determined there was a significant decline in the quality or value of the program more than 120 days before closure.
  4. The institution has been ordered to pay a refund by the Bureau but has failed to do so.
  5. The institution has failed to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federal student loan program as required by law, or has failed to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the institution in excess of tuition and other costs.
  6. You have been awarded restitution, a refund, or other monetary award by an arbitrator or court, based on a violation of this chapter by an institution or representative of an institution, but have been unable to collect the award from the institution.
  7. You sought legal counsel that resulted in the cancellation of one or more of your student loans and have an invoice for services rendered and evidence of the cancellation of the student loan or loans.

To qualify for STRF reimbursement, the application must be received within four (4) years from the date of the action or event that made the student eligible for recovery from STRF. A student whose loan is revived by a loan holder or debt collector after a period of non-collection may, at any time, file a written application for recovery from STRF for the debt that would have otherwise been eligible for recovery. If it has been more than four (4) years since the action or event that made the student eligible, the student must have filed a written application for recovery within the original four (4) year period, unless the period has been extended by another act of law. However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number.

California Student Complaint Process for Online Students
If you are enrolled as an online student living in California, which is not a member SARA  and you have a complaint that cannot be resolved through Post University’s internal complaint process, you may file a complaint with the California Department of Consumer Affairs (CADCA). On behalf of California student residents, CADCA will evaluate complaints, identify the appropriate accrediting agency or governmental entity to handle the complaint, and request a response from the entity regarding the final disposition of the complaint. The address and contact information for CADCA are below:

California Department of Consumer Affairs Consumer Information Center
1625 North Market Blvd., Suite N-112
Sacramento, CA 95834
Phone: (833) 942-1120
Email: dca@dca.ca.gov
File a complaint with CDCA

International Students
International students are advised to understand and be apprised of the rules, regulations, and requirements related to online distance education programs in their country of residence.  Students are advised to understand if their countries will recognize the online certificates or degrees and if it they will meet any licensure or certification requirements.  International students are encouraged to contact their admissions representative if they have any questions.

Registering a Complaint with a State
To register a complaint in a student’s state of residency, please visit our State-By-State Complaint Process section.

 

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