State Authorizations

NC-SARA Approved Institution logoFreed-Hardeman University (FHU) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  

FHU is committed to complying with all states’ and federal regulations for its distance learning programs.  Freed-Hardeman University has been approved by Tennessee to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.  NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. For specific information regarding state authorization, approval, licensure or exemption, please contact the Associate Vice President for Academics.

Please note that one or more FHU programs may not accept applications from out-of-state residents due to state regulations that govern the delivery of distance education courses. Contact the Department of Graduate Studies for more information.

State Contact Information for Complaints

Pursuant to the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Integrity Rules, Freed-Hardeman University must provide to its students or prospective students the contact information for filing complaints with each state licensing entity and any other relevant agency that would handle the complaint. 

View complaint, appeal and grievance guidelines and a list of state agencies.

State Contact Information for Professional Licensure

Pursuant to the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, Freed-Hardeman University must provide to non-Tennessee resident students the contact information to determine if a course or program that customarily leads to professional licensure, meets requirements for licensure in the state where the student resides.  

American Counseling Association
National Association of Social Workers
National Association of State Boards of Accountancy
National Council of State Board of Nursing
The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards
U.S. Department of Education

Additional State Specific Information

The following states have provided additional notifications and requirements regarding distance education offerings:

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 a 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).

Enrollment in the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction offered by Freed-Hardeman University does not indicate eligibility for an Arkansas certificate.  Applicants for an Arkansas certificate are required to pursue teacher/administrator licensure in Tennessee and then earn an Arkansas educator or school administrator license/endorsement by reciprocity.  Additional course requirements in order to earn an Arkansas license in a program area or similar program area may be found at


Kentucky’s Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) Division of Certification or Division of Educator Preparation cannot “pre-approve” the use of an out-of-state online program for use by Kentucky’s educators. This includes Freed-Hardeman University’s online Master of Education and Education Specialist degrees that lead to licensure. Please note that FHU does offer many programs that lead to non-licensure.