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Reciprocity regulations for Michigan State University 

Hybrid, on-line, and off campus programs are considered "distance-learning" programs.  Michigan State University arranges reciprocity agreements with other states. There are some restrictions, however, of which prospective students should be aware.

State Authorization

The U.S. Department of Education requires an institution offering distance education programs to acquire authorization from the states in which it operates. Specific regulations vary from state to state.

Michigan State University is not seeking authorization in Arkansas or Maryland. Students whose resident address is in Arkansas or Maryland at the time of application for admission to Michigan State University are not eligible to apply to MSU online programs.

Students whose resident address at the time of application for admission to Michigan State
University is in one of the following states are eligible to apply to MSU online programs, but they should note the following disclaimers.

Alabama ‐ State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P‐12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama’s test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license issued by another state at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama issues a certificate. Applicants for Alabama certification in an area of administration must also document at least three years of full‐time employment as an administrator in a P‐12 school system(s). ‐

Louisiana ‐ Michigan State University is currently licensed by the Board of Regents of the State of Louisiana. Licenses are renewed by the State Board of Regents every two years. Licensed institutions have met minimal operational standards set forth by the state, but licensure does not constitute accreditation, guarantee the transferability of credit, nor signify that programs are certifiable by any professional agency or organization.

Minnesota ‐ Michigan State University is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota
Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an
endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other

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