State Authorization for Faculty and Staff

For Faculty: Professional Licensure and Certification Disclosures

NOTE: Federal regulations require disclosures for programs leading to licensure or certification; for brevity’s sake, the term “licensure” is used, but be aware that the regulation includes certification.

What is a “professional licensure” program?

A professional licensure* program is an academic program that is designed, marketed, and/or advertised to meet the educational requirements

  • For a specific license or certification and
  • Is required for employment in an occupation

What is a professional licensure disclosure?

A professional licensure disclosure is a requirement by the U.S. Department of Education for all colleges and universities to communicate publicly and directly to prospective and current students about

  1. academic programs that will or will not fulfill educational requirements for specific professional licensure that is required for employment in that field and
  2. academic programs that meet or do not meet the education requirements for licensure for each state and U.S. territory, regardless of the delivery mode of the program.

The regulations are published in the Code of Federal Regulations, CFR §668.43, section (a)(5)(v) and section (b).

How will I know if my program needs a disclosure?

Please answer the following questions:

  • Are practicing professionals in your program’s field licensed or certified?
  • Is a specific license or certification required to practice in that profession?

If you answered YES to either of the questions above, your program will need a disclosure.

If my program needs a disclosure, what do I need to do?

  1. Research the professional licensing requirements for each state to determine whether your program falls within that state’s regulatory oversight for professional licensure. Each state has different occupation standards requiring a professional license or certification. Some occupation examples include P-12 teachers, nurses, mental health counselors, and social workers. The licensing boards have educational criteria that an academic program must meet for a graduate to be eligible for licensure, as well as non-educational criteria for individuals to meet to be eligible for licensure (e.g., criminal background check). It is the responsibility of the program’s academic unit to know the professional licensing standards for each state where their graduates may seek a license in the field.
    1. List of State Licensing Boards
  2. Determine if your program either (a) meets those requirements or (2) does not meet those requirements to be licensed in that state. Please note that this eligibility may require state board approval of your program.
  3. Complete the form below:


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