State Authorization

For Students and Activities Outside of Ohio

For educational activities offered outside of Ohio, Shawnee State University must comply with State Authorization requirements. The following information may apply to students located out of state taking online courses or participating in an internship/field experience/clinical outside of Ohio. Please read all information to understand your responsibilities.

Shawnee State University is a member of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), authorizes Shawnee State to offer certain activities in other SARA states. SARA is a national initiative to provide more access to distance education courses (e.g., online, out-of-state student learning experiences) while maintaining compliance standards with state regulatory agencies. Read more about SARA here:

Online Courses

SSU is approved to offer online courses to students who live any SARA state. Information about member states of SARA can be found here:

Clinical Internships

SARA permits Shawnee State University to place students in a student learning experience that occurs in an approved SARA state outside of Ohio. These learning experiences, also referred to as supervised field experiences include examples such as practica, student teaching, or internships (NC-SARA Policies and Standards, 2021).

Disclosure Regarding Programs Leading to Professional Licensure

Shawnee State University programs that may lead to professional licensure are listed below, along with information about relevant accrediting bodies or agencies. SSU does not deal with professional licensing board approval for any courses or programs leading to professional licensure.

Licensure Program by Disclosures by are found here: SSU Program Licensure Table (XLSX)

Requirements vary by state; therefore, SSU recommends that you contact appropriate licensing agency or board in your state or territory – including states participating in NC-SARA – BEFORE beginning any academic program or coursework. It is the student's responsibility to confirm program eligibility for licensure in any state outside Ohio.

NC-SARA seal

Shawnee State University has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.