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State Authorization for Distance Education

States require the University of Central Missouri to be in compliance with their requlations to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

This information is subject to change. Contact Extended Studies at 660-543-4984 if you have any concerns or questions.

UCM is in compliance to offer university-level online programs with the 50 states and Puerto Rico.

You can apply for admission to UCM for any university-level online course or online degree/certificate UNLESS you fit any of the following situations:

Alabama Residents

UCM is unable to take new enrollments for AL residents in online nursing degree programs. Consumer information is provided below.

Regarding teacher education: State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama's test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license issued by another state at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama issues certificate. Applicants for Alabama certification in an area of administration must also document at least three years of full-time employment as an administrator in a P-12 school system(s).

Regarding nursing education: State approval of a program to offer Alabama licensed nurses opportunities for advanced degrees does not indicate eligibility for approval to practice as an advanced practice nurse in Alabama. Applicants for approval in Alabama are required to meet the Alabama requirements for national certification, graduation from a specific-type program for the advanced practice approval, and completion of the appropriate application. Any program offering a pre-licensure track to Alabama students shall meet the requirements of the Alabama regulations for pre-licensure programs or the graduates may not be eligible to take the national licensure examination required by the Alabama Board of Nursing to enter the practice.

Student Appeals/Complaints

The first step for a student is to file a complaint or appeal with UCM.

An undergraduate student may appeal a decision related to any policy stated in the student handbook.  The process for various types of appeals is outlined in the document.  For further assistance, please contact Extended Studies at 660-543-4984 or

A graduate student may appeal a decision related to any policy stated in the Graduate Catalog. The appeal begins by completing a Petition to Graduate Studies. The Petition is reviewed by the Graduate Dean. If the student is not satisfied with the appeal decision, the Petition plus any additional information is again reviewed by the Graduate Dean. If the decision is the same, the student may request the Petition be forwarded to the Graduate Council for review. The decision of the Graduate Council is final.

All students may appeal grades issued by instructors and accusations of academic dishonesty.  The procedures for both are in the student handbook.

If you have a complaint about a UCM distance learning program you may contact the appropriate agency in your state of residence.  Contact information for each state is listed here.

Students who have exhausted all informal and formal institutional processes to resolve disputes may file a complaint with the Missouri Department of Higher Education.  Their process for filing complaints may be viewed at:

Individuals who have a complaint related to the University of Central Missouri’s ongoing ability to meet the criteria of accreditation may contact the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools’ Higher Learning Commission.  Instructions for filing a complaint may be viewed at:

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