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Program State Authorizations and Approvals

To offer online programs to students who live outside of Georgia, or to enroll students in field experiences that will take place outside of Georgia (i.e. internships, clinicals, practicums, student teaching), Columbus State University must obtain any required authorization or approval from the state where the activity will take place.  This page provides information on where CSU currently has approval to offer programs or field experiences outside of Georgia.  For any questions about the information on this page, please contact the State Authorization office at state_authorization@columbusstate.edu

As a National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) approved institution, Columbus State University is able to offer our online programs to students living in SARA states.  CSU's activity in California, Massachusetts, and Florida is exempt from regulation.  For programs related to licensed professions (i.e. Nursing, Education, Education Leadership, and Counseling) the university must also obtain approvals from the state licensing board before the program can be offered in that state.   

General Program Approvals

Columbus State University is able to offer the following online degree programs in all 50 states*, plus the District of Columbia.  

Undergraduate

  • B.A. Communication - Communication Studies Track
  • B.A. Liberal Arts - Humanities & Social Science Track
  • B.A. Liberal Arts - Military & Global Issues Track
  • B.B.A Business, General
  • B.B.A Business, General - International Business Track
  • B.S. Information Technology
  • B.S. Sociology - General Sociology

Graduate

  • M.B.A. Master of Business Administration
  • M.Ed. Educational Leadership - - Leadership in Higher Education Track
  • M.S. Applied Computer Science - Traditional Track
  • M.P.A. Public Administration - Criminal Justice Track
  • M.P.A. Public Administration - Government Administration Track
  • M.P.A. Public Administration - Health Services Admin Track
  • M.S. Applied Computer Science - Cybersecurity Track
  • M.S. Applied Computer Science - Modeling and Simulation
  • M.S. Applied Computer Science - Software Development Track
  • Ed.D. Curriculum and Leadership - Higher Education Track

*CSU cannot allow students in any program to participate in field placements in Colorado.  Field placements include, but are not limited to, internships, externships, clinicals, and practicums. 

Professional Licensure Program Approvals

Programs related to licensed professions such as Nursing, Education, Educational Leadership, Accounting and Counseling must be approved by both the state approving agency and the state professional licensing Board before CSU can offer the program to a student in that state.  

It is important to know that programs at CSU leading to all levels of licensure, endorsement, and professional certification are designed to satisfy the requirements of the appropriate professional licensing boards in Georgia.  CSU can NOT guarantee that these programs will necessarily satisfy the criteria of professional boards in other states or territories.  Students who are considering a professional program, and who intend to seek employment outside of Georgia, should contact the appropriate board in their state of intended practice prior to beginning a course of study.

Follow the links below for professional board contact information by state.

CSU offers several online programs in professionally licensed fields.  The current approvals for each program are listed below.  

Nursing

There is no expectation that the RN-BSN, the MSN Nursing: tracks in Informatics, Leadership, Nurse Educator, or the related certificate programs will lead to any type of licensure or certification. It is recommended that you contact the appropriate agency to determine if these programs will meet other types of professional advancement or development requirements according to your goals.

  • B.S.N. Nursing - RN to BSN
  • M.S.N. Nursing
  • M.S.N. Nursing - Informatics Track
  • M.S.N. Nursing - Leadership Track
  • M.S.N. Nursing - Nurse Educator Track
  • Graduate Certificate Healthcare Informatics
  • Graduate Certificate Nurse Educator

These programs are currently approved or exempt from approval to be offered to students in the following states:

A

Alabama
Arkansas

 

C

California
Connecticut

D

F

       Florida       

H

Hawaii

I

Idaho
Illinois
Indiana

 

K

       Kansas       

L

M

Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana

N

Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
North Carolina
North Dakota* 

O

Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon

P

R

Rhode Island

S

South Carolina
South Dakota

T

Texas

U

Utah

V

Virginia

W

West Virginia
Wisconsin

   

*The ND-BON does not have jurisdiction over these programs.

These programs cannot be offered to students living in: Colorado, Nebraska, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, or Washington state.  

 

The M.S.N. Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program meets the GA-BON educational requirements to prepare students for APRN licensure and prepares students to take the national Certified Nurse Practitioner (FNP) exam through the AANP-CP or the ANCC.  Each state licensing board establishes their own criteria for APRN licensure which, in addition to educational requirements, may include (but are not limited to) licensing requirements, mandatory certifications, background checks, applications and fees.  For questions relating to state board requirements for licensure in your state, please contact the board.  

The FNP program is currently approved or exempt from approval to be offered to students in the following states:

A

Alabama
Arkansas

C

California
Connecticut

D

F

       Florida       

H

Hawaii

I

Idaho
Illinois
Indiana

K

      Kansas      

L

M

Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana

N

Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
North Carolina

 

O

Ohio*
Oklahoma

 

P

R

Rhode Island

S

South Carolina
South Dakota

T

Texas

U

Utah

V

Virginia

W

West Virginia
Wisconsin

   

*Our Pharmacology course does not meet the OH-BON instruction in state law requirements for Prescriptive Authority as established by ORC 4723.482(B)(5)(c).  Please contact the OH-BON for information on alternative methods for meeting that requirement before enrolling in the program.  

The FNP program cannot be offered to students living in: Colorado, Nebraska, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, or Washington state.

Our Nursing programs are nationally accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), following the AACN Essentials, and have the approval of the Georgia Board of Nursing. Columbus State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

If you do not see information on your state for the program you are interested in, please contact the State Authorization office at state_authorization@columbusstate.edu. Your email must include:

  • Your name
  • State(s) you will physically live in while taking classes/participating in field experiences
  • Program of interest

 Teacher Education & Leadership

Columbus State University offers several online graduate degrees, and online undergraduate and graduate certificates and endorsements.  These programs are designed to meet the criteria for certification and advancement in the subject matter and grade level classifications established by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.   Each state board establishes their own criteria for teacher/leader certification which, in addition to educational requirements, may include (but are not limited to) testing requirements, mandatory certifications, minimum years in service, background checks, applications and fees. For questions relating to state board requirements for certification in your state, please contact the board.

Graduate

  • M.A.T. Secondary Education: Mathematics
  • M.A.T. Secondary Education: Science
  • M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction in Accomplished Teaching
  • M.Ed. Educational Leadership
  • M.Ed. Special Education-General Curriculum
  • M.Ed. Teacher Leadership
  • Ed.S. Educational Leadership

Undergraduate Certificates and Endorsements

  • Endorsement Computer Science Undergraduate
  • Endorsement K-5 Mathematics
  • Endorsement K-5 Science

Graduate Certificates and Endorsements

  • Graduate Certificate Online Teaching
  • Endorsement Computer Science Graduate
  • Endorsement Online Teaching
  • Endorsement Teacher Leadership

These programs, unless otherwise noted, are currently approved or exempt from approval to be offered to students in the following states:

Alabama: The AL-DOE does not recognize online degrees for certification. An educator would need to become certified in GA and use the process of reciprocity to seek certification in AL. The GA certificate must be in an equivalent certification area/level as offered in AL. Contact the AL-DOE for additional information about teacher certification.

Contact the AL-DOE regarding their ability to honor online degrees, with regional accreditation, for pay increases.

Delaware: The DE-DOE will not verify to an institution in advance that an out of state teacher education/leadership program will or will not lead to certification in DE. They require an individual review of a candidate's qualifications to determine eligibility for certification.  The program must be in an equivalent certification area/level as offered in DE.  Contact the DE-DOE for additional information about teacher certification.

Contact the DE-DOE regarding their ability to honor out of state degrees for professional level advancement and for pay increases.

Florida: The FL-DOE will not verify to an institution in advance that an out of state teacher education/leadership program will or will not lead to certification in FL. They require an individual review of a candidate's qualifications to determine eligibility for certification. The program must be in an equivalent certification area/level as offered in FL. Contact the FL-DOE for additional information about teacher certification.

Contact the FL-DOE regarding their ability to honor out of state degrees for professional level advancement and for pay increases.

Illinois: The IL-DOE will not verify to an institution in advance that an out of state teacher education/leadership program will or will not lead to certification in IL. They require an individual review of a candidate's qualifications to determine eligibility for certification. The program must be in an equivalent certification area/level as offered in IL. Contact the IL-DOE for additional information about teacher certification.

Contact the IL-DOE regarding their ability to honor out of state degrees for professional level advancement and for pay increases.                                                           

New Jersey: The NJ-DOE will not verify to an institution in advance that an out of state teacher education/leadership program will or will not lead to certification in NJ. They require an individual review of a candidate's qualifications to determine eligibility for certification. The program must be in an equivalent certification area/level as offered in NJ. Contact the NJ-DOE for additional information about teacher certification. 

Contact the NJ-DOE regarding their ability to honor out of state degrees for professional level advancement and for pay increases.

Ohio: The OH-DOE will not verify to an institution in advance that an out of state teacher education/leadership program will or will not lead to certification in OH. They require an individual review of a candidate's qualifications to determine eligibility for certification. The program must be in an equivalent certification area/level as offered in OH. Contact the OH-DOE for additional information about teacher certification.

The Intervention Specialist license requires 12 semester hours of course work in the teaching of reading that is not provided by the CSU M.Ed. Special Education program.  Students pursuing this path would need to complete this additional coursework.  Contact the OH-DOE for additional information. 

Contact the OH-DOE regarding their ability to honor out of state degrees for professional level advancement and for pay increases.

Rhode Island: The RI-DOE will not verify to an institution in advance that an out of state teacher education/leadership program will or will not lead to certification in RI. They require an individual review of a candidate's qualifications to determine eligibility for certification. The program must be in an equivalent certification area/level as offered in RI. Contact the RI-DOE for additional information about teacher certification.

Contact the RI-DOE regarding their ability to honor out of state degrees for professional level advancement and for pay increases.

South Carolina: To determine if an online program is accepted for licensure purposes in SC, the SC-OES requires that the student  submit a written request for program review and approval for all online programs prior to enrolling.  Contact the SC-OES for additional information about teacher certification.

Tennessee: The TN-DOE will not verify to an institution in advance that an out of state teacher education/leadership program will or will not lead to certification in TN. They require an individual review of a candidate's qualifications to determine eligibility for certification. The program must be in an equivalent certification area/level as offered in TN. Contact the TN-DOE for additional information about teacher certification.

Contact the TN-DOE regarding their ability to honor out of state degrees for professional level advancement and for pay increases.

Texas: CSU does not offer any programs approved as a Texas Educator Preparation Program.  

To be certified in TX, a student would need to first become licensed in GA, then undergo a Review of Credentials and apply for a 1 year permit, and pass the Texas certification exam.  The TEA recommends that educators contact them prior to enrolling to discuss the requirements for out-of-state certified educators.  

Virginia: The VA-DOE will not verify to an institution in advance that an out of state teacher education/leadership program will or will not lead to certification in VA. They require an individual review of a candidate's qualifications to determine eligibility for certification. The program must be in an equivalent certification area/level as offered in VA. Contact the VA-DOE for additional information about teacher certification.

The program must be approved by the home state for the purpose of licensure or certification to be used for licensure or certification in VA.

Contact the VA-DOE regarding their ability to honor out of state degrees for professional level advancement and for pay increases.

Wisconsin: According to the WI-DPI, applicants for a Wisconsin educator license who completed their program outside of Wisconsin will not usually have fulfilled all the statutory requirements for a Wisconsin educator license. Applicants who are otherwise eligible for a Wisconsin license based on their credentials may be issued a license with stipulations.  Contact the WI-DPI for additional information on certification.  

The M.A.T. Secondary Education in Math and Science programs will not lead to certification in WI.  

These programs cannot be offered to students living in: Colorado or New York.

Our Education and Educational Leadership programs are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, and accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (now Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation).   Columbus State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

If you do not see information on your state for the program you are interested in, please contact the State Authorization office at state_authorization@columbusstate.edu. Your email must include:

  • Your name
  • State(s) you will physically live in while taking classes/participating in field experiences
  • Program of interest

 Counseling

Columbus State University currently offers the following online graduate Certificate in Counseling.  This program is not currently approved to be offered in any state other than Georgia. 

  • Graduate Certificate Marriage and Family Therapy

If you are interested in enrolling in this program while living in a state other than Georgia, please contact the State Authorization office at state_authorization@columbusstate.edu. Your email must include:

  • Your name
  • State(s) you will physically live in while taking classes/participating in field experiences
  • Program of interest