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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

Due to State regulations regarding the delivery of distance education to out-of-state residents, applications from students residing in the following states may not be accepted by all UC programs:

  1. Arkansas
  2. Maryland
  3. North Carolina

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.  

See additional information below for residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington

State Contact Information

Pursuant to the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Integrity Rules, the University of Cincinnati must provide to its students or prospective students the contact information for filing complaints with each state licensing entity and any other relevant agency that would handle the complaint.  The list of state agencies and contact information is found here.  

Additional State Authorization Information

Alabama

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). www.alsde.edu

Arkansas

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

Associate Degrees:

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

Bachelor Degrees:

  • Fire Science (BSFSET)
  • Medical Laboratory Sciences (BS)
  • Nursing (RN/BSN)
  • Health Information Management Administration (BSHS)

Master's Degree:

  • Health Administration (MHA)
  • Criminal Justice (MS)
  • Engineering (MENG)
  • Nursing (MSN)
  • Taxation (MS)

Graduate Certificates:

  • Behavioral Analysis (GC)

Undergraduate Certificates:

  • Violence Prevention in Families (CERT)

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

Indiana

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

Kentucky

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 laura.dell@uc.edu, 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 http://www.epsb.ky.gov/certification/outofstate.asp.  You may view a listing of University of Cincinnati’s approved programs on the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education's Website at http://dataportal.cpe.ky.gov/acadprog.aspx

Maryland

The University of Cincinnati is registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission to enroll Maryland students in fully online distance education programs listed here: https://www.mhec.state.md.us/higherEd/acadAff/OOS_Online/OOS_Online_Deg_Pgm.asp?D1=00312500. 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 and Master of Science in Nursing programs) 

Proportion of Total Course, Program, or Term Completed

as of Date of Withdrawl 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% 70% refund
30% up to but not including 40% 60% refund
40% up to but not including 60% 40% refund
More than 60% No refund

Minnesota

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.

North Carolina

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.

Washington

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:

  • Bachelor of Science in Sign Language Interpreting (completion program)
  • 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.)