DETC-accredited institutions and institutions seeking DETC accreditation must be properly licensed, authorized, exempted or approved by the applicable state educational institutional authority (or its equivalent for non-U.S. institutions). The institution must also be in compliance with all applicable local, state and federal requirements. (DETC Accreditation Handbook, p. 11)
State Authorization: It is important to be familiar with state authorization of distance education offered in the United States. Some states enforce their own laws pertaining to institutions that offer distance or correspondence education to students in the state. Institutions are responsible for complying with these state laws and regulations.
Professional Licensure: Certain professions such as nursing, teaching, law, engineering or veterinary medicine require licensure prior to entry into the profession. Distance education institutions should be familiar with specialized accreditation requirements and whether state authorization is required in order for graduates to be eligible for the licensure examination.
Visit DETC’s Resources section of the website for more information on state authorization and specialized accreditation.