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Professional & Continuing Studies

State authorization of distance learning

Taking UD classes from outside Delaware? This affects you.

The University of Delaware is required to comply with state and federal laws regarding the delivery of distance education to non-Delaware residents. These laws vary from state to state, and affect various program offerings.

Programs affected by these guidelines may include:

  • 100% online programs
  • online programs that require externships or field experiences
  • on-ground programs where externships or field experiences take place outside Delaware

Please review the list of states where UD is currently authorized to offer distance learning.

Interested in a program leading to professional licensure?

Prospective and current students interested in distance learning 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)


Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Electronic Campus

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.

  • Once approved, as a participating institution, the University of Delaware can offer distance education courses and programs to residents of other SARA member states without seeking state-by-state approval. Exception: programs leading to professional licensure, see above for more details.
  • SARA membership will expand 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.



University of Delaware • Division of Professional and Continuing Studies
Newark, DE 19716 • USA
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