Jul 23, 2024  
ACE Catalog - Volume 17 
ACE Catalog - Volume 17 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

State Authorization to Operate

State Authorization or Registration to Operate, State Exemption and State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).


As a leading provider of high quality, affordable graduate programs in education, American College of Education makes all effort to ensure it operates in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations. ACE currently offers academic degree and certificate programs and courses in 49 states and the District of Columbia:

  • maintains state authorization or registration to operate in 10 states;
  • is permitted to operate in 39 SARA participating states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico (see below for additional information related to SARA); and
  • is permitted to operate in 1 state, which does not require ACE to be authorized to operate due either to exemption from such requirements or by state regulations governing the provision of distance/online education.


State Authorization or Registration to Operate

State authorization or registration to operate is the legal authorization ACE maintains in order to provide postsecondary education in a state in which it is not physically located or in which it is otherwise subject to jurisdiction as determined by the state. Because not all states require institutions to be authorized or registered to operate and the activities that require authorization vary, ACE continuously monitors regulations in all states in which it offers its academic programs and courses. 

Private School Licensure Division
Alabama Community College System
P. O. Box 302130
Montgomery, Alabama 36104334-293-4651
[email protected]

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, California 95833
Telephone: 916-431-6959

Florida Commission for Independent Education
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
888-224-6684 (Toll Free)

Licensed by the Commission for Independent Education (License Number 3872). Additional information regarding the institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission for Independent Education, Department of Education, 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400, toll-free telephone number (888)224-6684.

Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC)
2082 East Exchange Place Suite 220
Tucker, Georgia, 30084-5305770-414-3300

Indiana Commission for Higher Education/Indiana Board for Proprietary Education
101 West Ohio Street, Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46204

American College of Education is authorized by the Indiana Board for Proprietary Education 101 West Ohio Street, Suite 300, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-1984

Louisiana Board of Regents
1201 North Third Street, Suite 6-200
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802

American College of Education 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.

Maryland Higher Education Commission
6 North Liberty Street, 10th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201


Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education
8778 South Maryland Parkway Suite 115
Las Vegas, NV 89123702-486-7330

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17126

Wisconsin Educational Approval Board - Department of Safety and Professional Services
1400 East Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 8935
Madison, Wisconsin 53703
[email protected]

American College of Education has been approved and is legally authorize to do business in the state of Wisconsin as a private postsecondary school, subject to the provisions of section 38.50 Wisconsin Statutes, and all administrative rules adopted pursuant to the statutes. Approval includes only those programs and those locations specifically approved by the Board.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) States

On December 8, 2014, the College received recognition as an institutional participant in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) from the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). Per NC-SARA, SARA “establishes a state-level reciprocity process that will support the nation in its efforts to increase the educational attainment of its people” by mandating that institutions only need home state authorization in order to offer distance education to any other SARA member state. For ACE students, this means that the institution is able to expand its offering of academic programs to residents of SARA participant states, while maintaining same the level of high quality on which the College was founded under the sole regulatory oversight of the Indiana Board for Proprietary Education - its home state regulator. This list is subject to change as a result of SARA agreements with states.

ACE offers all or a selection of its academic programs in the following SARA participant states (Note: ACE’s home state of Indiana, a SARA participant state, is not listed):  Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, D.C., Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Exemptions and States Where Authorization is Not Required

For a number of reasons, including the facts that ACE delivers all academic program coursework online and does not have a physical presence in the state, ACE is either exempt from or otherwise not required to obtain state authorization in order to offer all or a selection of its distance education programs in the states listed below. Please note: each state has a unique definition of “physical presence” and the list is subject to change based on state regulations.

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Institutional Authorization
P.O. Box 110505
Juneau, Alaska 99811-0505
Telephone: 907-465-5316
Website: https://acpe.alaska.gov/Institutional-Authorization



Bahamas Institutional Recognition

American College of Education has been granted Institutional Recognition status by The National Accreditation & Equivalency Council of The Bahamas (NAECOB).

The Institutional Recognition status does not suggest that American College of Education now has accreditation with NAECOB.

Institutional Recognition status indicates that the institution currently holds full accreditation status from international or regional accreditation bodies recognized by NAECOB. NAECOB’s Institutional Recognition permits the institution to recruit for and offer educational programs in The Bahamas.

Please direct all inquiries regarding the status of American College of Education’s Institutional Recognition to a representative of NAECOB. Their contact information is outlined below:

The National Accreditation and Equivalency Council of The Bahamas (NAECOB)
RND Plaza West
John F. Kennedy Drive
P.O. Box N-3913
Nassau, The Bahamas
Telephone: 328-8872/3
Email: [email protected]