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Out of State Approval

State Authorization

State authorization allows Southeastern Oklahoma State University to offer educational programs across the nation. Colleges and Universities, such as Southeastern, must receive authorization from a state before allowing students from that state to participate in educational activities. Southeastern has been authorized by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) to offer distance education courses and programs. For a directory of NC-Sara institutions, please click this link.

NC-SARA

“The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is a voluntary agreement among its member states and U.S. territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance-education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state.” -NC-SARA. For more information on NC-SARA, please click this link.

Oklahoma was approved as a SARA state in 2015, and is administered by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB.) Current authorized SARA member states include 49-member states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Professional Licensure

Southeastern offers three programs that typically lead to licensure: School Counseling, Principal, and Superintendent. Be aware that NC-SARA does not provide reciprocity for professional licensing boards. For students considering programs with a goal of certification in a state other than Oklahoma, contact your state’s appropriate licensing agency to obtain the applicable requirements, rules, and regulations for determining whether an online distance education program will meet your individual needs.

Certification requirements vary from state-to-state. Below is a summary of educational requirements and contact information provided as a reference tool. While every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date, certification requirements are subject to change at any time without notice.

State Authorization

Select your state to view the authorized online degrees.

Complaint Resolution

Southeastern Oklahoma State University wants to resolve student grievances, complaints, and concerns in a fair and amicable way. All Southeastern students (including those who live outside of Oklahoma) who want to file a complaint or resolve a grievance should click the following link.

For online students, if an issue cannot be resolved internally, a student may file a complaint with the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) portal entity. For Southeastern students, you can access the Oklahoma portal by following this link.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and you can contact the Higher Learning Commission at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604 or call 1-800-621-7440. If you would like to file a complaint with the Higher Learning Commission you can do so by sending an email to complaints@hlcommission.org.