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National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA)


State Authorization

Westminster College has been approved by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) to offer distance education programs to students residing outside the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This includes current Westminster College students taking a Westminster online course, undergraduate or graduate, while located in a state other than Pennsylvania.

The Westminster College Graduate School offers degree programs and online course instruction that leads to and meets requirements for certification and/or licensure programs in Pennsylvania. Further, these degree programs are designed but not certified to meet requirements outlined by licensure and certification entities in states other than Pennsylvania. The decision to certify and/or license a Westminster graduate ultimately resides with the licensing and/or certifying agency. It is recommended students contact the appropriate agency, board, organization, or specific entity to ensure the correct academic requirements will be met through Westminster College graduate degree programs.

Students participating in internships, practicums, or field experiences outside of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania should seek prior approval from their department chair. This applies to both online and in- person educational opportunities outside of Pennsylvania.

NC-SARA Membership includes institutions representing 49 states. California is not a member of NC-SARA. As a result, Westminster College is currently unable to enroll students in online courses if they reside in the state of California.

Complaint Resolution

As per NC-SARA, student complaints about an experience in a Westminster online course may be directed to the following:

 Certification and Licensure by State or Territory

Helpful Links

Information on NC-SARA and Institutional Approval:

Information pertaining to Westminster College and its approvals through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania:

For further information regarding the Westminster College Graduate School online course offerings, degree programs, and certification programs:

Westminster College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education: 3624 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 267.284.5000