State Regulations

Alabama

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 practice 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. Any program offering a pre-licensure track to Alabama students shall meet the requirements of the Alabama regulations or pre-licensure programs or the graduates may not be eligible to take the national licensure examination required by the Alabama Board of Nursing to enter the practice. www.abn.alabama.gov

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. 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/or 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

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Iowa

The Pennsylvania State University is registered with the State of Iowa via the Iowa College Student Aid Commission (515-725-3400) at 603 E. 12th St. FL 5th, Des Moines, IA 50319.

Professionals interested in working in Iowa can review a list of approved Iowa institutions on the Iowa Board's website.

Military Students
The Pennsylvania State University World Campus will abide by Iowa Code Section 261.9(1)"g" which provides the following options for refund of tuition and mandatory fees for an Iowan "who is 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:

  • Withdraw from the student’s entire registration and receive a full refund of tuition and mandatory fees.
  • 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.
  • 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 for the semester may request a refund of tuition by contacting the Penn State World Campus and Continuing Education Student Review Committee. Students will initiate the request by contacting src@outreach.psu.edu. They will need to provide the Committee with documentation supporting their situation.

Students in the Special Education Supervisory Program for Pennsylvania Department of Education Certification
Please be advised that our Special Education Supervisory Program for Pennsylvania Department of Education Certification is NOT accredited/recognized in Iowa by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners, and our program may not be recognized for initial, additional, or renewal of certification or salary enhancement (rank change) for K–12 professionals working in Iowa. For more information, please visit the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners website.

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Kentucky

Not all of the online programs offered by our institution have been approved in Kentucky. Please check the Council on Postsecondary Education website's Inventory of Approved Academic Programs. For more information, please contact the Council on Postsecondary Education, 1024 Capital Center Drive, Suite 320, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601.

Please be advised that our educator preparation programs are NOT accredited in Kentucky by the Education Professional Standards Board and our programs may not be recognized for initial, additional, or renewal of certification or salary enhancement (rank change) for K-12 teachers in Kentucky. For more information, please visit the Education Professional Standards Board's website.

Those teacher preparatory programs not accredited in Kentucky are the master's in education in:

  • Art Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction — Children's Literature
  • Earth Sciences
  • Educational Leadership — Teacher Leadership
  • Learning, Design, and Technology — Educational Technology

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Louisiana

The Pennsylvania 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 the programs are certifiable by any professional agency or organization.

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Maryland

The Pennsylvania State University's World Campus has registered both "field activity"-required programs and the online-only catalog of programs with the State of Maryland.

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Minnesota

The Pennsylvania 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.

Those programs not authorized in Minnesota are associate degrees in:

  • Business Administration
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Information Sciences and Technology
  • Letters, Arts, and Sciences
  • Turfgrass Science and Management

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Oregon

Notice to students enrolled in a 10-week course: Penn State policy allows a tuition refund of 20% through the fourth week upon withdrawal of the class and 0% during the fifth; however, per Oregon statute, Oregon residents can receive a 10% tuition refund through the fifth week. Please contact the World Campus Bursar Office for more information at 814-863-8300 or bfo@outreach.psu.edu.

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Texas

Under the 2011 amendments to the Texas Education Code, The Pennsylvania State University is excluded from requirements "to have either a license or exemption from the Agency (Texas Workforce Commission) prior to enrolling Texas residents." As such, students may enroll but note that the University is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code.

The University is classified as a State-Related Commonwealth University by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and receives an annual appropriation from the state government. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is the University's accreditor. Also, Colleges and Campuses across the University have various professional accreditations for their programs.

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Washington

Pennsylvania State University is authorized by the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB) 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 Pennsylvania State University to offer field placement components for specific degree programs.

The HECB may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the HECB does not carry with it an endorsement by the board 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 HECB at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.

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