Professional Licensure


Staff

Dr. Robin McGill
Director Instruction/Special Projects
P: (334) 242-2104
Mr. Ron Leonard
Director of Special Initiatives
P: (334) 242-2211
On November 1, 2019, the US Department of Education (ED) published among other things amendments to the regulations for institutions participating in federal student assistance programs effective July 1, 2020 (84 FR 58834). Several institutions have reached out to ACHE regarding one of the amendments, which requires institutions to disclose information about whether academic programs meet educational requirements for professional licensure or certification in any states where graduates may seek licensure or certification (34 CFR 668.43). The following information is intended to clarify responsibilities for all HEA Title IV institutions in the State of Alabama and does not imply that ACHE has any responsibility for compliance with or enforcement of the new federal regulations.
For the purpose of consumer protection, 34 CFR 668.43 as amended requires Title IV institutions to identify which of their academic programs (whether online, hybrid, or face-to-face) are designed to fulfill the educational requirements for a professional license or certification that is a gateway for entry into a specific occupational field. For your convenience, a list of potential fields is provided below. Then for each academic program that falls within this category, institutions must develop two kinds of disclosures related to professional licensure or certification:

  • General Disclosure (34 CFR 668.43 (a)(5)(v)
  • Direct Disclosure (34 CFR 668.43 (c)(1) et seq.

General disclosures entail posting information in a public place, such as on your website or in your catalog, and must include state-by-state determinations of whether the program fulfills educational requirements for licensure or certification in that state. ACHE has developed a template that institutions may adopt to comply with this federal requirement: public disclosure template

Direct disclosures are targeted communications to individual students who are enrolled in or who are considering enrolling in a program that is designed to lead to licensure. These disclosures must indicate whether the student’s chosen program fulfills the education requirements for licensure or certification within that student’s state of residence.

Given that all Title IV institutions who have programs that align with Alabama’s licensure requirements will have to complete these disclosures independently, ACHE has offered to facilitate information sharing across institutions, with the aim of reducing duplication of effort. Below are links to resources and general disclosure statements that are intended to help institutions in conducting their own reviews for each academic program that falls in this category. Please note this list is not intended to be comprehensive, and institutions are obliged to check with program faculty and staff about any educational requirements for professional licensure or certification specific to their fields.

Sample General Disclosure Template

By Field:

The Professional Licensure Directory on the NC-SARA website (https://nc-sara.org/professional-licensure-directory) is a contact list for enquiring about licensure requirements in the 50 states and territories.

The WCET-SAN network provides some information on professional licensure: