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Out-of-State Approval & State Authorization

Out-of-State Approval and State Authorization allow Concordia University Texas to offer educational opportunities to students nationwide through compliance with state and federal regulations. Concordia University Texas is a member of and participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). This membership allows CTX to offer online courses in other NC-SARA states without having to obtain approval from each state.


“The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is a voluntary agreement among its member states and U.S. territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of 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.” -NC-SARA

Current authorized SARA member states include 49-member states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Review NC-Sara’s State Authorization Guide

Professional Licensure

NC-SARA does not include provisions for state professional licensing requirements. It is strongly recommended that you contact the licensing board in your state before starting an academic program.  Academic programs and graduating students must satisfy standards that are established by that state’s licensing requirements to be eligible for a license. This includes the Nursing programs and Education programs offered at Concordia University Texas, both on-ground and online. Additional coursework may be offered by your state.

For students considering an academic program that leads to a professional license or certification in a state other than Texas, contact your state’s appropriate licensing agency to obtain the applicable requirements, rules, and regulations.

Review NC-Sara’s Professional Licensure Page

Student Residential Changes

Students (current and prospective) need to be aware that changing their physical location from one state to another while enrolled in an online program at Concordia University Texas may impact their ability to continue in online programs, or complete internship, practicum, or clinical hours. A change in physical location could also impact your ability to get certified and/or licensed. Please check with your Student Academic Planner for details about this prior to your move and keep your address and contact information current in your MyInfo account.

Complaint Resolution

Concordia University Texas is committed to respecting all members of our community and providing a quality educational experience for all students. To that end, Concordia University Texas has established a formal complaint policy and procedure to provide students with a process for addressing complaints or grievances regarding any aspect of their educational experience. Students are encouraged to resolve complaints or grievances at the appropriate level of dispute. However, should this approach fail or be inappropriate, students may submit a formal complaint to the Provost and Executive Vice President describing the treatment, action or decision at issue and the remedy sought.

However, if an issue cannot be resolved internally, a student may file a complaint with the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) portal entity. For CTX students that would be: Complete the Student Complaint and Release Form and email the form to

More Questions?

If you would like more information about state authorization or professional licensure, contact

Concordia University Texas is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate, bachelor’s, and master's degrees, and the doctorate in education. Questions about Concordia University Texas accreditation may be sent to: Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur GA 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500.

Concordia's elementary and secondary teacher education programs are approved by the Texas Education Agency for pre-school through grade 12. Students successfully completing Concordia's teacher education programs are eligible for teacher certification in Texas after passing the appropriate ExCET tests.