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State Approvals

Post University is an institutional participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (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 necessary or becomes necessary, the necessary steps will be taken to gain approval. The 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 showing interest or enrolling in programs specifically designed to lead to certification or licensure the requirements for Connecticut.  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 following Post University programs are specifically designed to prepare students for certification or licensure.

Master of Science in Accounting CPA Track
The Master of Science in Accounting CPA Track is designed to assist students who seek to become Certified Public Accountants and take the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Exam. The CPA Track includes an additional six credits in the form of six study labs that provide individualized study plans, preparing students for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Exam. The labs are taken concurrently with courses in the Master of Science in Accounting program.

Certificate in Accounting (Post-Baccalaureate)
The online Certificate in Accounting (Post-Baccalaureate) is designed to provide individuals who currently hold a bachelor’s degree with accounting credits necessary to fulfill the Unified Certified Public Accountant examination and licensure requirements in Connecticut.  Additional business credits may be required.

The Certified Public Accountants Exam and licensure requirements differ by state.  It is the student’s responsibility to review and understand their state’s examination and licensure   requirements.  Post University is not responsible for ensuring candidates meet a given state’s requirements so please be sure to review your state’s requirements prior to enrolling. Please visit https://nasba.org/stateboards/ to determine your state’s certification and licensure requirements.  Please consult the appropriate state agency to determine the specific requirements for licensure in your state. Please direct further questions to your Program Chair or Dean.

**Michigan CPA licensure requirements require coverage of government accounting.  The undergraduate accounting curriculum requires students to take either ACC450 Advanced Accounting I OR ACC451 Advanced Accounting II.  Students who plan to seek CPA licensure in Michigan should select ACC451 Advanced Accounting II as it meets the Michigan requirement. 

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
While completion of the Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services degree will not fulfill all the requirements needed for state licensure, some state licensing boards may accept the program as partial fulfillment of the states’ licensing requirements. The University does not guarantee its Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services degree meets the requirements for professional licensure in any state or territory. Each state or territory has different requirements for licensure as a counselor or other mental health provider.  Post University will assist students in researching the requirements and provide information from the appropriate licensing agency or board in their state or territory prior to beginning the program. The faculty and staff of the University working with students in the Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services program are available to support and advise students on program requirements, but 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. The University does not speak on behalf of any licensing board or body. Students need to communicate directly with their state licensing boards to determine the full list of requirements necessary for licensure in that state.

Professional Counseling Certificate
Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate
The Professional Counseling Certificate and Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate programs will not fulfill all requirements needed for licensure.  Some state licensing boards may accept the credits from the programs as partial fulfillment of the credentialing requirements, but the University makes no guarantee.  The University will assist students in researching the requirements and provide information from the appropriate licensing agency or board in their state or territory prior to beginning the program. The faculty and staff will work with students in these certificate programs providing support and advise, but it is ultimately the responsibility of students to be in charge of their own credentialing process and to make sure that all requirements are met.  The University does not speak on behalf of any licensing board or body. Students need to communicate directly with their state licensing boards to determine the full list of requirements necessary for licensure in that state.

Oklahoma
The Oklahoma State Board of Behavioral Health Licensure requires completion of 60 graduate credits to qualify for licensure and has final determination of the acceptability of specific courses.  Students completing the 39-credit Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services degree and the 24 credit Graduate Certificate in Professional Counseling will be considered to have completed the requisite number of credits required to apply for licensure.

Students who are interested in becoming licensed counselors in Connecticut:

      1. Should be aware that they will need to complete additional coursework beyond Post University’s 39-credit Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services degree to be eligible for state licensure as a counselor in Connecticut.
      2. Should be aware that the requirements for licensure change. As with any state, Post University recommends that students from the state of Connecticut contact the licensing board to accurately determine what requirements are currently needed for state licensure.

Please direct further questions to your Program Chair or Dean.

North Carolina
North Carolina students seeking licensure are responsible for contacting the following North Carolina organizations for requirements: North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors and North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board. Licensure in the Human Services field is a professional process that varies from state to state and area of specialization. The Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services affords students the opportunity to take additional coursework toward licensure eligibility in many states.  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.

Certificate in Forensic Accounting
Students pursuing a Certificate in Forensic Accounting learn and apply accounting methods and financial techniques necessary to uncover, solve and document financial crimes. In addition, students will review and analyze real-world case studies relating to fraud prevention, detection, deterrence, and investigation. Students who complete this certificate program could go on to find employment as an auditor, tax examiner, or investigator in the private and government sectors. Please direct further questions to your Program Chair or Dean.

SARA Participating States

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana

 

Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
Puerto Rico
U.S. Virgin Islands

Information on SARA states is available at http://nc-sara.org/sara-states-institutions. Some states require additional information be provided to online students. The states that require this additional information are listed below. Certain states require specific policies regarding the refund of tuition and fees charged for students from these states taking online courses. Please refer to select 4.8 for state specific refund information for Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wisconsin.

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

California: Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)
The State of 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 are not required to pay the STRF assessment if you are not a California resident or are not 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. Questions regarding the STRF may be directed 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.

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.

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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