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State Authorizations

The U.S. Department of Education requires compliance with state regulations of any state in which UNG provides distance education for students. To facilitate this compliance with state regulations UNG has joined the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).

This organization allows UNG to offer distance education in 49 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. California (not a SARA state) allows residents to take UNG distant education courses.

This email,, is exclusively for questions regarding state authorizations.

Visit the Distance Education & Technology Integration page for details about our online programs.

Visit the UNG Admissions page to apply for admission.   

Professional Licensure and Certification

The University of North Georgia offers degree programs that meet the educational requirements students need to apply for professional licensure and certifications in Georgia. The programs may not meet education requirements for licensure or certification in other states.

Students who plan to pursue professional licensure or certification in a state other than Georgia should contact the program coordinator and the appropriate licensing entity for additional information and guidance.


Notice Regarding UNG Accreditation and Discipline Specific Accreditations

UNG Accreditation

University of North Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master, education specialist, and doctor of physical therapy degrees and pre-baccalaureate, post-baccalaureate and post-master certificates.

Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of University of North Georgia.

Teacher Certification Programs

All teacher certification programs are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GA-PSC) and accredited by the former National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), now Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Nursing Department

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 

Social Work (Sociology and Human Services)

Learn more about social work licensure requirements.

NC-SARA approved institution

State Authorizations Only

All other inquiries should be addressed to the academic department offering the online program.


See state-by-state contact information below.

NC-SARA Website

Visit the NC-SARA website to learn more about the state reciprocity agreements.



Alabama Commission on Higher Education
P.O. Box 302000
Montgomery, AL 36130-2000


Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
P.O. Box 110505
Juneau, AK 99811-0505


Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education
1400 W. Washington St.
Room 260
Phoenix, AZ 85007


Arkansas Department of Higher Education
423 Main St., Suite 400
Little Rock, AR 72201


California Department of Consumer Affairs
Consumer Information Center 

1625 North Market Blvd., Suite N-112
Sacramento, California 95834
Telephone: (833) 942-1120


Colorado Department of Higher Education
1560 Broadway, Suite 1600
Denver, CO 80202


Connecticut Office of Higher Education
61 Woodland St.
Hartford, CT 06106


The Delaware Department of Education will investigate complaints. Such complaints must be in writing and verified by the signature of the person making the complaint. Oral, anonymous or unsigned complaints will not be investigated. Until the website is functional, please write or call for more information:

The Delaware Department of Education
Teacher and Administrator Quality
John W. Collette Resource Center
35 Commerce Way; Dover, DE 19904

District of Columbia


Florida Commission for Independent Education
325 W. Gaines St.
Suite 1414
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400


Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission
2082 E. Exchange Place, #220
Tucker, GA 30084-5334



Idaho State Board of Education
650 W. State St. P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0037


Illinois Board of Higher Education
1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza,
Suite 333
Springfield, Illinois 62701-1377
Phone: (217) 782-2551
General Information:
Institutional Complaint Hotline: (217) 557-7359


Iowa Student Aid Commission
Iowa College Student Aid Commission
430 East Grand Ave, FL 3
Des Moines, IA 50309-1920


Kansas Board of Regents
1000 SW Jackson St., Suite 520
Topeka, KS 66612-1368


Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
1024 Capital Center Drive, #320
Frankfort, KY 40601-7512


Louisiana Board of Regents
P.O. Box 3677
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3677


Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023


Maryland Higher Education Commission
6 North Liberty Street
Baltimore, MD  21201
Phone: (410) 767-3300
Toll-Free Phone: (800) 974-0203


Massachusetts Board of Higher Education
One Ashburton Place Room 1401
Boston, MA 02108


Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
P.O. Box 30018
Lansing, MI 48909


Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108-5227


Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211-6453 


Missouri Department of Higher Education
205 Jefferson St. P.O. Box 1469
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1469


Montana University System
2500 Broadway St. P.O. Box 203201
Helena, MT 59620-3201


Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
Office of the Attorney General
2115 State Capitol
Lincoln, NE 68509


Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education
8778 S. Maryland Parkway, Suite 115
Las Vegas, NV 89123

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Department of Education
101 Pleasant St.
Concord, NH 03301-3494

New Jersey

New Mexico

New Mexico Higher Education Department
2048 Galisteo St.
Santa Fe, NM 87505

New York

New York State Education Department
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234

North Carolina

North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints
c/o Student Complaints
University of North Carolina General Administration
910 Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2688

North Dakota

North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education
State Capitol – 15th Floor 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 270
Bismarck, ND 58505-0610 

North Dakota Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division
Office of Attorney General
Gateway Professional Center
Parrell D. Grossman, Director
1050 E. Interstate Ave., Suite 200
Bismarck, ND 58503-5574 701-328-5570 


Ohio Department of Higher Education
25 South Front Street 
Columbus, OH 43215


Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
655 Research Parkway Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73104


Oregon Office of Degree Authorization
255 Capitol Street NE, Third Floor
Salem, OR 97310


Pennsylvania Department of Education
Postsecondary and Adult Education
333 Market Street, 12th Fl
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Council on Higher Education
P.O. Box 19900
San Juan, PR 00910-1900

Maria L. Varas Garcia
Acting Executive Director
Puerto Rico Council on Education

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education
Shepard Building
80 Washington St., Suite 524
Providence, RI 02903

South Carolina

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
1122 Lady St., Suite 300
Columbia, SC 29201

South Dakota

South Dakota Board of Regents
306 E. Capitol Ave., Suite 200
Pierre, SD 57501-2545


Tennessee Higher Education Commission
404 James Robertson Parkway Suite 1900
Nashville, TN 37243


Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
1200 E. Anderson Lane
Austin, TX 78752


Utah Division of Consumer Protection
160 E. 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111


Vermont Agency of Education
219 N. Main St., Suite 402
Barre, VT 05641


State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
101 N. 14th St. James Monroe Building
Richmond, VA 23219 


Washington Student Achievement Council
917 Lakeridge Way SW
Olympia, WA 98502

West Virginia

Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration
West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
1018 Kanawha Boulevard, East Suite 700
Charleston, WV 25301


Wisconsin Educational Approval Board 

Department of Safety and Professional Services
431 Charmany Drive, Suite 102
Madison, WI 53719


Wyoming Department of Education
122 W. 25th St. Suite E200
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Phone: 307-777-7675
Fax: 307-777-6234

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