University of Delaware

Professional & Continuing Studies

State Authorization

Enrolling in one of these programs?

At the University of Delaware, distance education programs include…

  • 100% online programs
  • Online programs with field experiences, practica, externships, internships
  • Field experiences taking place outside Delaware
  • Programs leading to professional licensure in another state

This affects you.

University of Delaware disclosure of compliance

The University of Delaware is required to comply with state and federal laws regarding the delivery of distance education. Effective February 21, 2017, the University of Delaware has been approved as a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) member institution and can offer distance education courses and programs to residents of other SARA member states without pursuing state-by-state compliance.

  • EXCEPTION—California, Florida, Massachusetts
  • EXCEPTION—Pursuing professional licensure outside Delaware
    • Prospective and current students interested in UD courses, programs, certificates, or degrees that lead to professional licensure are responsible to verify their State Licensing Board’s requirements prior to enrolling, to determine if their program of interest meets state criteria.
    • Students are advised to contact the State Licensing Board in their current state of residency, and/or, if applicable, their intended state of residency.

Delaware participation in State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

On June 9, 2016, the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) approved Delaware as a member state to participate in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) effective September 1, 2016.

  • Effective February 21, 2017, the University of Delaware was approved as a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) member institution and can offer distance education courses and programs to residents of other SARA member states without seeking state-by-state approval (exceptions noted above).
  • SARA membership expands UD educational offerings available to non-Delaware residents, as well as help Delaware students to enroll in courses and programs offered by postsecondary institutions based in other states.
  • SARA further provides enhanced quality assurance and consumer protection to Delaware residents taking distance-learning programs from other member states’ institutions.
  • Learn more about NC-SARA—What are my benefits as a student?
  • Complaint resolution for students enrolled in distance learning