State Authorization

The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) logoThe State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a voluntary agreement among its member states and U.S. territories. It establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state.

Moore College of Art and Design is a SARA-approved institution through the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA), which allows us to provide distance learning programs and coursework to residents of states other than Pennsylvania. NC-SARA membership, however, does not grant reciprocity or exempts us from state professional licensing requirements. As a result, Pennsylvania licensing and/or certification requirements may not be recognized as sufficient to obtain a license in other states.

For the purposes of SARA, a distance education student is defined as a student of a program that is fully offered by modalities where the student and faculty member are in separate physical locations, such as online and correspondence programs.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

The BFA in Art Education, Post-Baccalaureate in Art Education, and MA in Art Education with certification (concurrent) programs have been designed to meet the educational requirements for professional licensure or certification in Pennsylvania. Our Art Education programs meet the requirements of most states in the United States.

Students who are considering enrolling in one of our Art Education programs and who intend to pursue professional certification in a state other than Pennsylvania should contact the Director of Art Education, Lauren Stichter at and/or the appropriate state agency to seek guidance and information confirming certification requirements before beginning the program. Students should be aware that licensure and certification requirements are subject to change periodically and may require individuals to complete additional coursework, fieldwork, background checks, individual state licensing exams, specific fees, or other requirements to obtain licensure or certification in that state.

Complaint Process

In accordance with SARA requirements, complaints should first be registered and addressed through standard Moore College of Art & Design procedures. These can be found under "Grievance Procedure" in the Student Handbook. If an issue cannot be resolved internally, the party may contact the NC-SARA Pennsylvania State Portal Entity:

Gina Wetten
Higher Education Associate II
State SARA Website
Pennsylvania Division of Higher Education, Access, and Equity
333 Market St
Harrisburg, PA 17126

Students enrolled in online programs may also contact their respective state department/agency for complaints about the College.