State Regulations & Reciprocity

State Regulations
As a result of the DOE Higher Education regulation changes, the University of Cincinnati College of Education will no longer be accepting applications for our distance learning MED and Graduate Certificate programs from students residing in the following state(s). Please click here for additional details.

    • All Programs:
      • Maryland
      • Oregon

Additional State Details:

    • Alabama Residents: University of Cincinnati is authorized by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education to offer online/distance learning programs to Alabama residents.
      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 for 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
    • Delaware Residents:With the exception of the following programs, the University of Cincinnati does not have physical presence in the state as defined by the Delaware Department of Education. Therefore, UC is in compliance to offer online/distance learning programs to Delaware residents. The programs listed below have not yet been approved to offer to DE residents:
      • Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction
      • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
      • Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education
      • Graduate Certificate in PreK-12 Reading Instruction
      • Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leader
      • Graduate Certificate in TESOL
    • Kentucky Residents: Educator preparation programs require the approval of the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB). This includes the University of Cincinnati’s Master of Education degrees in Curriculum & Instruction (all tracks), Educational Leadership, and Literacy & Second Language Studies; as well as, Graduate Certificates for Gifted Education, Teacher Leader, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and PreK-12 Reading Instruction. If you seek admissions to any of the above-referenced programs, please contact the Academic Director, Laura Dell at laura.dell@uc.edu, prior to applying to the College. For more information, please visit the Education Professional Standards Board’s Website at http://www.epsb.ky.gov/certification/outofstate.asp. You may view a listing of University of Cincinnati’s approved programs on the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education’s website at http://dataportal.cpe.ky.gov/acadprog.aspx.
    • New Hampshire Residents: With the exception of the following programs, the University of Cincinnati is authorized by the New Hampshire Department of Education to offer online/distance learning programs to New Hampshire residents. The programs listed below are not approved to be offered to NH residents:
      • Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction
      • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
      • Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education
      • Graduate Certificate in PreK-12 Reading Instruction
      • Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leader
      • Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
    • Washington State Residents:University of Cincinnati is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council 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 University of Cincinnati to offer field placement components for specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council 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 Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, Washington 98504-3430.
      • The following program is not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether their program may qualify for salary advancement.
        • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (General Studies)
      • The following teacher education programs are approved for Ohio licensure only.
        • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
        • Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Gifted Education
        • Post-baccalaureate Certificate in PreK-12 Reading Instruction
        • Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL)
        • Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Teacher Leader
      • Eligibility for initial teacher education in Washington is based on completion of a state approved educator preparation program. Even though you may be residing in Washington while in this program, your application for educator certification in Washington will be processed as an out-of-state application. Go to http://pathway.pesb.wa.gove/outofstate for more information. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether their program may qualify for teacher advancement.

Professional Licensure
UC does not guarantee that programs which fulfill Ohio licensure requirements will satisfy the criteria of professional licensure boards in other states or territories. Students from outside the State of Ohio, who are considering a program of study that may lead to professional licensure, should contact the appropriate licensing agency in their state of residence before beginning a course of study. Refer to UC’s program website and contact the program coordinator for specific program requirements. Eligibility for licensure and/or certification may involve more than successful degree completion.

Reciprocity & Principal Licensure
Licensure through the Educational Leadership program can happen in the following ways (it is important to check these often, as state requirements change frequently):

  • CAEP* Reciprocity—The Master of Education in Educational Leadership distance learning program is accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)*. CAEP is the profession’s mechanism to help establish high-quality teacher and administrator preparation and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a professional accrediting body for colleges and universities. Many states provide licensure based solely on graduation from a CAEP-accredited institution. Click here for more information.
  • State of Ohio Reciprocity— Graduates of the University of Cincinnati Educational Leadership distance learning program are qualified for principal licensure in the state of Ohio. The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC)** have negotiated licensure reciprocity agreements among states. This means that if you earn licensure in Ohio you may be able to gain licensure in your own state based on proof of a valid Ohio license. NASDTEC (pronounced naz-duh-tek) agreements can be found by clicking here.
  • Ohio Department of Education Reciprocity – http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Teaching/Educator-Licensure/Audiences/Out-of-State-Licensure

Please note: requirements for licensure can change without notice, so it is important to contact your State Department of Education to confirm reciprocity with your state. The U.S. Department of Education list of state contacts and information can be found here. NCATE also keeps an updated list of personal contacts by state here: http://www.ncate.org/States/StateContactsandProtocols, which may prove useful to you.

* Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)2010 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036; phone 202-466-7496. www.caepnet.org

** National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) 1225 Providence Road, PMB #116, Whitinsville, MA 01588; phone 508-380-1202. http://www.nasdtec.net

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