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State Authorization

Accreditation and State Authorization

The University of Cincinnati is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. The Higher Learning Commission is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  

UC is committed to complying with all states’ regulations for its distance learning programs. For specific information regarding state authorization, approval, licensure or exemption, please email Stateaut@UCMAIL.UC.EDU. University of Cincinnati faculty and staff may review Key Considerations regarding state authorization.

Due to State regulations regarding the delivery of distance education to out-of-state residents, applications from students residing in Maryland and North Carolina may not be accepted by all UC programs. Please check with your program coordinator for more information. 

This applies to Distance Learning programs ONLY.  Students from these states who are interested in our on campus programs are encouraged to contact UC.

Complaint Resolution

The University of Cincinnati is committed to providing high quality educational opportunities. If a conflict arises, the University wishes to resolve student grievances, complaints and concerns in an expeditious, fair and collegial manner. Students attempting to resolve any issues or complaints with the university should follow the university’s policies and grievance procedures contained on the Right To Know website.  Students are encouraged to seek assistance from the University Ombuds Office for possible resolution before initiating the formal grievance process. 

If an issue cannot be resolved by the university’s internal processes, Ohio residents may choose to contact the Ohio Board of Regents. Out of state students may choose to file a complaint with the appropriate authority in their state of residence. The Student Complaint Information by State and Agency (below) provides additional information regarding the complaint process and contacts for each state.  

Additional State Specific Information

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.  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).

University of Cincinnati has been granted authorization to offer the following programs to Arkansas residents:

Associate Degrees:

  • Early Childhood Learning Community (AAS)
  • Fire Science Technology (AAS)
  • Health Information Systems (AAS)

Bachelor Degrees:

  • Early Childhood Education (BSED)
  • Fire Science (BSFSET)
  • Health Information Management Administration (BSHS)
  • Medical Laboratory Sciences (BS)
  • Nursing (RN/BSN)
  • Sign Language Interpreting (BS) {Not currently enrolling students}

Master's Degree:

  • Criminal Justice (MS)
  • Curriculum & Instruction - General Studies (MEd)
  • Engineering (MENG)
  • Educational Leadership (MEd)
  • Foundations in Behavior Analysis (MEd)
  • Health Administration (MHA)
  • Literacy & Second Language Studies (MEd)
  • Medical Education-C & I (MEd)
  • Nursing (MSN)
  • Pharmaceutical Science wtih an emphasis in Cosmetic Science
  • Special Education (MEd)
  • Taxation (MS)

Graduate Certificates:

  • Adult/International TESOL
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Behavioral Analysis
  • Gifted Education
  • Health Care Administration
  • Health Care Finance
  • Health Care Operations
  • Health Care Policy & Regulation
  • Leadership in Online Learning
  • National Board of Professional Teaching Standards
  • Nursing Education 
  • Online Learning
  • PreK-12 Reading Instruction
  • STEM Teaching and Learning
  • Teacher Leader
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Undergraduate Certificates:

  • Violence Prevention in Families

If you have an interest in a program not listed above, please contact your program coordinator for more information.   

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

Iowa Military Deployment Student Refund Policy

In compliance with Iowa Code Section 261.9(1)(g), a student who is a resident of the State of Iowa and a member, or the spouse of a member if the member has a dependent child, of the Iowa national guard or reserve forces of the United States and who is ordered to state military service or federal service or duty, shall have following options made available to him/her:

i. Withdraw from the student’s entire registration and receive a full refund of tuition and mandatory fees. 

ii. Make arrangements with the student's instructors for course grades, or for incompletes that shall be completed by the student at a later date. If such arrangements are made, the student's registration shall remain intact and tuition and mandatory fees shall be assessed for the courses in full.

iii. Make arrangements with only some of the student's instructors for grades, or for incompletes that shall be completed by the student at a later date. If such arrangements are made, the registration for those courses shall remain intact and tuition and mandatory fees shall be assessed for those courses. Any course for which arrangements cannot be made for grades or incompletes shall be considered dropped and the tuition and mandatory fees for the course refunded.

Students in this situation, who withdraw from courses for the semester, should contact Ann Latham at for additional information regarding how to initiate request for refund of tuition.

Educator preparation programs require the approval of the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB). This includes the University of Cincinnati’s Master of Education degrees in Curriculum & Instruction (all tracks), Educational Leadership, and Literacy & Second Language Studies; as well as, Graduate Certificates for Gifted Education, Teacher Leader, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and PreK-12 Reading Instruction.  If you seek admissions to any of the above-referenced programs, please contact the Academic Director, Laura Dell at, prior to applying to the College. 

Due to EPSB requirements, the University of Cincinnati has ceased to enroll Kentucky residents in the Teacher Leader Distance Learning program, who are educators licensed in the State of Kentucky.        

For more information, please visit the Education Professional Standards Board's Website at  You may view a listing of University of Cincinnati’s approved programs on the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education's Website at

The University of Cincinnati is registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission to enroll Maryland students in fully online distance education programs. Click on the following link, then on the University's name for a list of approved programs:

The Commission’s registration of the fully online programs is not an authorization of the institution to operate in Maryland or an approval or endorsement of the institution’s programs.

Pursuant to the Code of Maryland Regulations 13B.05.01, the university's fully online programs will follow the Maryland refund policy.The minimum refund policy that shall be paid to a Maryland student who withdraws or is terminated after completing only a portion of a course, program, or term within the applicable billing period is as follows: (Note: the following refund policy does not apply to the Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science,  Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing Education and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate programs.)

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 and including 60% 20% refund
More than 60% No refund

University of Cincinnati 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. 

Minnesota residents must satisfy Minnesota Degree Requirements for General Education. Applicants to UC's online Associate and Bachelor degree programs are advised to contact the respective program coordinator/advisor for additional information or a transcript review.

Pursuant to University of North Carolina Board of Governors Rules and Standards regarding licensure of online/distance learning post-secondary degree activity, practicums, clinical experiences and student teaching generally require licensure by the state. UC is working towards authorization. In the interim, UC has halted admissions to UC’s online programs that include these types of instructional activity in North Carolina.

Oregon residents are allowed a modified tuition refund policy in accordance with OAR 583-030-0035(18)(c): After classes begin for a term, a student who withdraws from a course is eligible for a partial refund through the middle week of the term. Refunds shall be based on unused instructional time and shall be prorated on a weekly basis for schools using a semester, quarter or nontraditional calendar.

The web address for the Texas Higher Education Coordinator Board's Student Complaint page with forms and a description of the complaint procedure is found at:  The web address for the rules governing student complaints - Title 19 of the Texas Administrative Code, Sections 1.110-1.120 is found at:$ext.TacPage?sl=R&app=9&p_dir=&p_rloc=&p_tloc=&p_ploc=&pg=1&p_tac=&ti=19&pt=1&ch=1&rl=116

University of Cincinnati 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 University of Cincinnati 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, Washington 98504-3430.

For the following programs:

  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (General Studies)
  • Master of Education in Medical Education (Curriculum & Instruction)
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Medical Education (Curriculum & Instruction)
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Adult/International TESOL
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Postsecondary Literacy Instruction

This program is not intended to lead to teacher certification.  Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.   

For the following programs:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Education, Early Childhood Education
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Education in Literacy and Second Language Studies
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Gifted Education
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate in PreK-12 Reading Instruction
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL)
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Teacher Leader

Eligibility for initial teacher education in Washington is based on completion of a state approved educator preparation program.  This program is approved in Ohio.  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. Go to http://pathway.pesb.wa.gove/outofstate for more information.  Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for teacher advancement.  

It is the responsibility of the Washington State students to secure a site for any required field placement component (externships, internships, clinical training, practicums, etc.)