Freed-Hardeman University (FHU) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). SACSCOC is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The University is committed to complying with all states’ and federal regulations for its distance learning programs. For specific information regarding accreditations and state authorizations, please contact the Associate Vice President for Academics.
Freed-Hardeman University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, education specialist’s, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of FHU. For all other inquiries, please contact FHU's Associate Vice President for Academics.
Freed-Hardeman University also maintains the following program specific accreditations and approvals:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Tennessee Board of Nursing
Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
Tennessee State Board of Education
Council on Social Work Education
Child and Family Studies
National Council on Family Relations
Freed-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 Freed-Hardeman's (FHU) programs that may lead to a professional licensure or certification (e.g., Accounting, Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, Teacher Education, etc.) are designed to meet the licensure requirements for the State of Tennessee. The University does not explicitly or implicitly attest that licensure programs meet the licensure requirements for any state other than Tennessee. Please reference the State Contact Information for Professional Licensure section below prior to enrolling in a licensure program to obtain further information, including contact information, for the applicable licensing board in your respective state of residence. Contact the Office 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.
Professional Licensure Certification and Licensure Information
Pursuant to the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, Freed-Hardeman University must provide to non-Tennessee resident students, applicants, and potential students as to whether such courses or programs that customarily leads to professional licensure meets known requirements for licensure in the state where the student resides. Licensing requirements are subject to change; therefore, the contact information for state agencies and a FHU representative have been provided to assist students to determine if a course or program that customarily leads to professional licensure, meets requirements for licensure in the state where the student resides.
National Association of State Boards of Accountancy
*FHU Contact - Dr. Brandon Lanciloti
National Board of Certified Counselors
*Individual State Contact Information
*FHU Contact - Dr. James Dalton
National Council of State Board of Nursing
*FHU Contact - Contact Dr. Chris White
The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards
*FHU Contact - Dr. Chris Creecy
Association of Social Work Boards
*FHU Contact - Mrs. Nadine McNeal
National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification
The Teacher Certification Reciprocity
U.S. Department of Education
*FHU Contact - Mrs. Jill Jackson
Program Specific Information
Accounting: To become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Tennessee, candidates must obtain a baccalaureate degree including 150 semester hours from an accredited college or university. This must include 30 semester hours in accounting (24 of which are upper-division) and 24 semester hours in business courses (12 of which are upper-division). The candidate must then pass the Uniform CPA Examination, an Ethics Examination, and complete one year of experience in Accounting acceptable to the Tennessee State Board of Accountancy. All states now require 150 semester hours, but some states require specific accounting courses, such as accounting theory or governmental and non-profit accounting. Freed-Hardeman University’s Accounting program meets the state requirements for the states of Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Additional course requirements beyond FHU’s accounting program will need to be met to satisfy requirements for the states of Alabama, Texas, Florida, Mississippi, New York, and Kansas.
Education: The state of Tennessee participates in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC). Under these guidelines, completion of an educator preparation program from out-of-state colleges and universities, such as Freed-Hardeman University, is accepted from other member states. State reciprocity related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not automatically indicate certification/licensure eligibility in a state outside of Tennessee. Applicants must meet the home state test requirements, jurisdiction specific requirements, and submit a valid educator certificate/licensure issued by Tennessee at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which the certificate is sought. The state of Tennessee has a reciprocity agreement with Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming. Access the NASDTEC website to learn about license reciprocity policies and requirements in your home state and the state(s) in which you are interested in teaching. Additional questions may be directed to the FHU’s Licensure Officer.
Additional State Specific Information
The following states have provided additional notifications and requirements regarding distance education offerings:
Nursing: State approval of a program to offer Alabama licensed nurses opportunities for advanced degrees does not automatically 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 or 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.
FHU is not required to seek approval from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education and can offer 100 percent online programs to residents of California with no restrictions.
Internships, externships, and clinical placements are permitted in California for online and campus-based courses and programs.
For student complaints, contact:
California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education
P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
Filing a Complaint
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 Arts in Teaching, Master of Education, and Education Specialist degrees that lead to licensure. Please note that FHU does offer many online programs that lead to non-licensure.
158 East Main Street
Henderson, TN 38340
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5565 Shelby Oaks Drive
Memphis, TN 38134
855 Highway 46 South
Dickson, TN 37055
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