State Authorization Information

(for the most up-to-date information, please visit the Academic Services Office)

In fall 2010, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) announced Program Integrity Rules, requiring all institutions of higher education participating in Title IV federal student financial aid programs to be able to document compliance with state laws in all states where they offer distance or correspondence education. While this requirement of the Program Integrity Rules has changed because of technical issues, MSU has continued to document its compliance with the myriad of state laws related to issues of program integrity. Please see state specific information below, as regulations vary from state to state.



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).


Michigan State University will not be offering certain online programs to Kentucky students based on their resident address at the time of application for admission to Michigan State University:

College of Education
– Education-MA
– Special Education-MA
– Teaching & Curriculum- MA
– Applied Behavior Analysis in Special Education-Graduate Certificate