What is State Authorization?
Each state has laws and regulations which govern educational activities within the state. These include education provided by entities within the state and outside of the state. These laws and regulations are in place to protect the citizens of the state.
South Dakota State University must comply with laws and regulations set forth by states before any educational activity can occur within that state. These activities include courses and programs offered fully online, internships, externships, co-ops, field experiences, student teaching, and clinical placements
Who does this affect?
Any student enrolling in distance education courses who reside outside of the state of South Dakota or any student who is participating in any field experience (ex. internships, student teaching, clinicals, etc.) outside the state of South Dakota.
How does SDSU comply with these laws and regulations?
SDSU participates in the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA). South Dakota became a SARA state in November, 2014. SDSU became a SARA member institution in March, 2015.
SDSU Authorization by State
SDSU is not required to obtain authorization for fully online education in the following states: California (Bureau For Private Postsecondary Education), and Massachusetts (Board of Higher Education). If you reside in or plan to participate in educational activities in these states, please contact us for updates.
*Due to Colorado’s Workers’ Compensation Act, SDSU students are unable to participate in unpaid internships, clinicals, field experiences, etc. in the state of Colorado.
Prospective students who reside in a U.S. Territory (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas Islands, Puerto Rico, or the Virgin Islands) or in another country should contact Continuing and Distance Education before enrolling.
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