Licensing & Disclosures – Asbury University
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Accreditation and State Licensure Information

Asbury University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, bachelor, and master’s degrees. Inquiries related to this accreditation or complaints against the commission or its accredited institutions can be directed to: the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500. Learn more here: https://www.sacscoc.org/.

Asbury University is licensed to operate as an independent institution in Kentucky by the Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education (CPE). To file a complaint against an institution licensed by CPE, please submit your complaint in writing to Sarah Levy, Director of Postsecondary Licensing, Council on Postsecondary Education, 1024 Capital Center Drive, Suite 320, Frankfort, KY 40601 or via email at sarah.levy@ky.gov . For more information, visit http://cpe.ky.gov/.

Asbury University is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), which grants authorization through the four regional education compacts to deliver distance education courses and programs across state lines, to students in 48 participating states plus California and Puerto Rico. To see if your state is also a member, which would allow you to enroll in Asbury’s distance education programs, visit the NC-SARA website at https://www.nc-sara.org/.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

Asbury University seeks to deliver all our online programs in every state. We work through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) process and with states directly to ensure that when authorization or licensure is necessary, required approvals are obtained. SARA is a voluntary agreement that allows states and institutions to offer distance education in other participating states so long as the institution adheres to certain quality and consumer protection standards. More information on SARA can be found here: https://www.nc-sara.org/. Kentucky is a member of SARA and Asbury University is an approved SARA institution.

Professional Licensure

*Important note for professional licensure programs: The fact that a given program may be approved to be offered in your state does not indicate or guarantee your eligibility for professional licensure or certification in that state.

Programs Requiring Licensure or Certification

Asbury University offers several programs which can lead to professional licensure in Kentucky. However, some states maintain different requirements for professional licensure, and Asbury University has not made a determination whether all of its programs meet requirements for professional licensure outside of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Consequently, students not living or located in Kentucky who wish to pursue licensure outside of Kentucky should consult the professional licensing board in the

state in which they plan to seek licensure to determine specific requirements or guidelines for reciprocity, in order to reach their own determination of whether completion of a program at Asbury University would satisfy licensure requirements in a different state.

Specifically, Asbury has not made a determination whether its programs meet requirement for professional licensure in the following states and territories:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

▾ Bachelor in Accounting

The successful completion of the Uniform CPA Exam is a requirement in all United States jurisdictions in order to obtain licensure as a CPA. Other requirements, such as education and experience requirements, may vary for each state or jurisdiction.

The Bachelor in Accounting does not meet the requirements for full licensure as requirements for full licensure can include but are not limited to 150 total semester hours, post-graduation examinations, reference checks, and/or criminal background checks.

Asbury University strongly recommends that you inquire with your applicable licensing board to determine all the educational and other requirements for licensure before enrolling in the program.

This program is not intended to meet any professional licensure requirements in any U.S. state, territory, jurisdiction or location.

▾ Bachelor in Education

Kentucky is part of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement; therefore, the state accepts recommendations from teacher preparation programs from state-accredited colleges and universities in many states. Cases are evaluated on an individual basis.

The NASDTEC Interstate Agreement aids candidates in gaining information on what the various state requirements are from state-to-state. The NASDTEC credential “stages” are shown below in types of KY teaching credentials:

Stage 1 – Temporary Provisional certificate (issued for alternate route candidates only)

Stage 2 – Statement of Eligibility (issued for all completers of an approved teacher education program)

Stages 3, 4 & 5 – Professional Certificate

Kentucky does NOT recognize teaching credentials that were gained in another state only by the passage of an assessment, and applicants must meet the requirements of KY regulations regarding out-of-state preparation as seen at 16 KAR 4:030.

The interstate agreement, arranged by NASDTEC, is a collection of over 50 individual agreements by states and Canadian provinces. Each individual “agreement” is a statement by that state or jurisdiction outlining which other states’ educator certificates will be accepted by that state. Specifically, the agreement outlines which particular types of educator certificates (teachers, administrators, service personnel, or career/technical), and which particular styles of certifications (titles, fields, etc.) will be accepted.

Such an “acceptance” agreement means that the “receiving” state will issue some form of authorization allowing the inbound certificate holder to legally teach or provide service in the receiving state, provided the license issued by the “sending” state is acceptable under the agreement. This authorization may be limited in time by the receiving state, and the receiving state may impose additional requirements that need to be accomplished before the educator can teach or practice after the end of the time limit.

It is not a guarantee that all certificate titles will be accepted by a receiving state. For example, in the “sending” state you may hold a “temporary” or “provisional” certificate which is excluded from the agreement signed by the “receiving” state. In such a case, the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement provides no help toward your receipt of a certificate in the “receiving” state.

It is not necessarily “full” reciprocity. The educator may have to complete additional requirements, such as coursework, assessments, or classroom experience, before receiving a full professional certificate in the new state.

https://www.nasdtec.net/page/Interstate

We recognize that States are continually revising their teacher certification/licensure rules and requirements. Accordingly, we link to the best available information.

For questions about the certification requirements for a specific state, please refer to the contact information contained in the links for the individual states. You might want to look at the certification requirements for your appropriate state and then look for employment/position announcements in the state in which you are interested.

▾ Master of Arts in Teaching

Kentucky is part of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement; therefore, the state accepts recommendations from teacher preparation programs from state-accredited colleges and universities in many states. Cases are evaluated on an individual basis.

The NASDTEC Interstate Agreement aids candidates in gaining information on what the various state requirements are from state-to-state. The NASDTEC credential “stages” are shown below in types of KY teaching credentials:

Stage 1 – Temporary Provisional certificate (issued for alternate route candidates only)

Stage 2 – Statement of Eligibility (issued for all completers of an approved teacher education program)

Stages 3, 4 & 5 – Professional Certificate

Kentucky does NOT recognize teaching credentials that were gained in another state only by the passage of an assessment, and applicants must meet the requirements of KY regulations regarding out-of-state preparation as seen at 16 KAR 4:030.

The interstate agreement, arranged by NASDTEC, is a collection of over 50 individual agreements by states and Canadian provinces. Each individual “agreement” is a statement by that state or jurisdiction outlining which other states’ educator certificates will be accepted by that state. Specifically, the agreement outlines which particular types of educator certificates (teachers, administrators, service personnel, or career/technical), and which particular styles of certifications (titles, fields, etc.) will be accepted.

Such an “acceptance” agreement means that the “receiving” state will issue some form of authorization allowing the inbound certificate holder to legally teach or provide service in the receiving state, provided the license issued by the “sending” state is acceptable under the agreement. This authorization may be limited in time by the receiving state, and the receiving state may impose additional requirements that need to be accomplished before the educator can teach or practice after the end of the time limit.

It is not a guarantee that all certificate titles will be accepted by a receiving state. For example, in the “sending” state you may hold a “temporary” or “provisional” certificate which is excluded from the agreement signed by the “receiving” state. In such a case, the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement provides no help toward your receipt of a certificate in the “receiving” state.

It is not necessarily “full” reciprocity. The educator may have to complete additional requirements, such as coursework, assessments, or classroom experience, before receiving a full professional certificate in the new state.

https://www.nasdtec.net/page/Interstate

We recognize that States are continually revising their teacher certification/licensure rules and requirements. Accordingly, we link to the best available information.

For questions about the certification requirements for a specific state, please refer to the contact information contained in the links for the individual states. You might want to look at the certification requirements for your appropriate state and then look for employment/position announcements in the state in which you are interested.

▾ Bachelor in Psychology

This program is not intended to meet any professional licensure requirements in any U.S. state, territory, jurisdiction or location.

▾ Bachelor of Social Work

The Social Work Department at Asbury University offers undergraduate programs in full compliance and accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education. This accreditation is a requirement of licensure in all fifty states and territories and as such our graduates fully meet this criterion for licensure at the undergraduate level.

Beyond completion of an accredited degree, states and territories may stipulate to additional conditions for licensure. Graduates of all applicable social work programs at Asbury University meet the academic requirement for licensure in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, by successfully completing the national bachelor’s level license through the association of Social Work Boards. If your post-graduation plans include practice outside the state of Kentucky, we recommend exploring licensure stipulations for each state in consideration. For more information regarding licensure please contact Dr. Bonnie Descoteaux, Department Chair.

General Notification for All Students

Asbury University strongly recommends that you inquire with your applicable licensing board to determine all of the educational and other requirements for licensure, before enrolling in the program. Other requirements may include, but are not limited to, additional post-graduation examinations or experience, application and licensing fees, criminal background checks, reference checks, fingerprint submissions, etc. To inquire as to other requirements, or ask any other questions regarding licensure, please contact the licensing board in your state by clicking on the link to the agency in the disclosures above.

Change of Requirements or relocation during program

Please note that licensure requirements are always subject to change. While a program may originally meet the educational requirements for licensure, changes in requirements could impact the program’s ability to meet any new educational requirements. While Asbury University will confirm the licensure requirements on a routine basis, we strongly recommend that you inquire with the state/territory board to confirm that you understand and will meet the requirements for licensure before enrolling in your program of choice. Please note that relocating while completing your program could impact whether you will meet the eligibility requirement for licensure. Please check with the state where you will be seeking licensure before relocating to ensure that you will be eligible for licensure or reciprocity.