DISCLAIMER: The state of Ga is now a part of SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement); UWG participation under the Ga membership is now official (3/11/2016). This will drastically reduce the number of states in which we will have issues, going forward.

NOTE: States can change their requirements at any time and without notice. Therefore, if you are unsure, it is always best to check with UWG Online before enrolling an out-of-state resident in an online program (contact online@westga.edu).

Please also note that state authorization rules and reciprocity agreements such as SARA have no impact on state professional licensing requirements: 
Distance education programs in nursing, education, social work, counseling, allied health professions, veterinary medicine, etc. may require additional approval from separate licensing boards, depending on the state. Students that reside outside the state of Georgia who are considering a professional program should contact the appropriate Board in their state of residency prior to beginning a course of study. UWG cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in the student’s state.










 
 













State-by-State Details (Where Can We Admit Students? Hold Practicums? Hire Instructors? Market?)
Subject to Change - Updated 6/17/2016 - Contact UWG Online (online@westga.edu/ 678-839-0630, if Uncertain)

 State        Admit?    
Market
Locally?  (applies to face-to-face programs too)
 Practicums?   
 Instructors?
 Alabama         Yes  
 Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Alaska        Yes     Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Arizona       Yes            Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Arkansas    Yes
 Yes     Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 California (non-SARA)   Yes     Yes Yes  Yes
 Connecticut (non-SARA)
 related link
 Yes Yes Yes  Yes
 Colorado     Yes Yes         Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Delaware
 
 Yes Yes  Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 District of Columbia Yes Yes Yes but review SARA Rules Yes
 Florida (non-SARA)
 SECRRA state    
 Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Georgia Yes Yes             Yes Yes
 Hawaii 
 Yes Yes Yes but review SARA Rules Yes
 Idaho Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Illinois Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Indiana         Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Iowa     Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Kansas     Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Kentucky (non-SARA but in process)
 SECRRA state
 Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Louisiana  Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Maine Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Maryland Yes
 Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes

 Massachusetts (non-SARA) Yes YesMass rules here are under review - check before authorizing for clinical placements, practicums or internships in Massachusetts, whether they are arranged by the institution or the student. Related link Yes
 Michigan     Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Minnesota Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Mississippi Yes     Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Missouri Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 North Dakota
 Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Montana Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Nebraska Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 New Hampshire
 Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 New Jersey (non-SARA)
 related link 1
 related link 2
 Yes
 YesAuthorized for practicums as long as arranged by the student.  Yes
 New Mexico
 Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 New York (non-SARA)
 related link
 Yes YesWe are not authorized for practicums or internships in NY, whether they are arranged by the institution or the student.Do not hire online instructors who reside in this state. 
 Nevada Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 North Carolina 
 SECRAA state
 Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Ohio Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Oklahoma Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Oregon Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Pennsylvania (non-SARA) Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Rhode Island
 Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 South Carolina 
 SECRRA state
 Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 South Dakota
 Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Tennessee Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Texas Yes Yes  Yes Yes
 Utah (non-SARA)
 related link 
 related link 2
 related link 3
Yes no no - we are exempt but not authorized no
 Vermont Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Virginia Yes     Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Washington Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 West Virginia
 Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Wisconsin (non-SARA but in process)
 related link (no PPs)
 exemption
 Yes Yes
 Yes Yes
 Wyoming Yes     Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 DC Yes Yes
 Yes but review SARA rules Yes

References:
SARA Physical Presence Standards: some standards still apply in some SARA states
Reciprocity Agreements (Ga is a part of SARA & SREC (SECRRA *going away June 30, 2017))
SHEEO State Authorization Surveys: annual survey of state authorization reps, by state
History of State Authorization, with Updates: WCET site dedicate to this issue, to-date
ITC's History of State Authorization, with Updates: ITC site dedicate to this issue, to-date
UMass State Authorization Portal: includes notes and links to pertinent info from UMass
Myths about State Authorization: WCET blog post 7/2015



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