Disclosures and Student Complaints
Please review the below disclosures for important general and state-specific information relating to Saint Joseph’s University’s online programs before choosing to enroll from a state outside of Pennsylvania.
State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)
Saint Joseph’s University seeks to deliver all of our online programs to persons in every state. Pennsylvania is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and Saint Joseph’s University (SJU) is an approved SARA institution. SARA is a voluntary agreement that allows states and institutions to offer distance education in other participating states so long as the institution adheres to certain quality and consumer protection standards. More information on SARA can be found here.
While SARA authorizes SJU to offer its programs in member states, there is the possibility that other state requirements not covered by SARA (such as requirements from state licensing boards) could necessitate the restriction of certain programs in certain states. Please note that should you choose to enroll in a restricted program in a particular state, there may be restrictions that could affect you. Examples could include:
- you may be unable to sit for local licensing in that state.
- you may be ineligible for consumer protection that state.
- you may not be able to complete field placements (practicum, internship, clerkship, etc.) in that state. This could affect licensure or recognition of the degree to meet particular requirements in that state.
If you decide to enroll in any of Saint Joseph’s restricted programs, or if you move during the course of your studies to a state where your program is restricted, please be aware that you are taking a risk that you may not be able to complete that program or use any of the credit earned in that program should you decide to pursue licensing in that field in that state. Please verify with your state’s professional licensing board that your plans are not impacted by these risks.
Disclosure Regarding Licensure-Track Programs
Important Note for Prospective Students: If you are considering an academic program from Saint Joseph’s University that leads to a professional license in your state, it is highly recommended that you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in your home state BEFORE beginning the academic program located outside your state. Professional licensure and certification are regulated individually by each state’s respective licensing agency or agencies and no two are exactly alike. Prospective students are responsible for contacting the appropriate licensing board in their home state to confirm whether a Saint Joseph’s University program will meet the requirements for licensure or certification in that state.
Students are encouraged to inquire with their state licensing agencies to ensure that they can obtain a license in their home state. Information about various licensures for all states can be located through the sites listed below:
- Education Licensing Contacts: http://www2.ed.gov/about/contacts/state/index.html
- Behavior Analysis Certification Board: https://www.bacb.com/licensure-regulation/
Disclosure Regarding the Saint Joseph’s University’s Online Teacher Licensure/Certification Programs
The below disclosure applies to the following programs:
- Master of Education in Special Education (concentration in Moderate and Severe Disabilities)
- Master of Education in Teacher Leadership (concentration in Moderate and Severe Disabilities)
- Classroom Reading Endorsement (P-12)
- Instructional Technology Endorsement (P-12)
- English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement (P-12)
Saint Joseph’s University provides a full time certification office to assist all candidates with out-of-state educator certification licensing requirements and procedures. The link for theCertification Office is https://sites.sju.edu/education/certification/.
All educator preparation programs offered by Saint Joseph’s University are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The successful completion of an educator preparation program at Saint Joseph’s University along with meeting all university and Pennsylvania requirements (minimum GPA, state testing, field experiences, student teaching, clinical internships, background clearances, etc.) will qualify candidates to receive a Professional Certificate from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Pennsylvania is a member of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC). The NASDTEC Interstate Agreement facilitates the mobility of educators among the states and other jurisdictions that are members of NASDTEC and have signed the Agreement. Although there may be conditions applicable to individual jurisdictions, the Agreement makes it possible for an educator who completed an approved program and/or who holds a certificate or license in one jurisdiction to earn a certificate or license in another state or jurisdiction. For example, a teacher who completed an approved teacher preparation program in Pennsylvania generally will be able to earn a certificate in another state. Receiving states may impose certain special requirements which must be met in a reasonable period of time.
The interstate agreement, arranged by NASDTEC, is a collection of over 50 individual agreements by states and Canadian provinces. Each individual “agreement” is a statement by that state or jurisdiction outlining which other states; educator certificates will be accepted by that state. Specifically the agreement outlines which particular types of educator certificates (teachers, administrators, service personnel, or career/technical), and which particular styles of certifications (titles, fields, etc.) will be accepted.
Such an “acceptance”; agreement means that the “receiving” state will issue some form of authorization allowing the inbound certificate holder to legally teach or provide service in the receiving state, provided the license issued by the “sending” state is acceptable under the agreement. This authorization may be limited in time by the receiving state, and the receiving state may impose additional requirements which need to be accomplished before the educator can teach or practice after the end of the time limit. The link for more information on the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement is: http://www.nasdtec.net/?page=interstate.
Candidates must assume full responsibility to be aware of any limitations and other requirements that may be imposed by any state or jurisdiction outside of Pennsylvania. The SJU Office of Certification works closely with out-of- state candidates to assist with the navigation of state application for certification, as well as providing any required documentation.
Please contact the SJU Office of Certification at EDcert@sju.edu for assistance or for a status pre-determination for the mobility of a Pennsylvania Educator credential to your selected state or jurisdiction.
Disclosure Regarding the Saint Joseph’s University’s Online BACB Programs
The Applied Behavior Analysis Programs offered by Saint Joseph’s University are composed of Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) approved courses.
The successful completion of an Applied Behavior Analysis Program at Saint Joseph’s University will qualify candidates to apply for the BCaBA examination or the BCBA examination. The Behavior Analyst coursework satisfies the coursework component of eligibility to sit for the exam. Other components are the degree and supervised fieldwork requirements.
The Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®) is an undergraduate-level certification in applied behavior analysis. Professionals who are certified at the BCaBA level may not practice independently, but must be supervised by someone certified at the BCBA/BCBA-D level. In addition, BCaBAs can supervise the work of Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT), and others who implement behavior-analytic interventions.
The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) is a graduate-level certification in applied behavior analysis. Professionals who are certified at the BCBA level are independent practitioners who provide behavior-analytic services. In addition, BCBAs supervise the work of Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts, Registered Behavior Technicians, and others who implement behavior-analytic interventions.
Before taking one of the above examinations, all applicants must first apply to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and document that all eligibility requirements have been met. See https://www.bacb.com/bcba/bcba-requirements/ for information regarding eligibility criteria. Authorization to take the exam is only provided to applicants who have submitted a complete certification application to the BACB, including all documentation necessary to demonstrate that they have met all of the criteria.
Each jurisdiction (including Pennsylvania) utilizes a specific regulatory body or other government agency to issue licenses or other credentials to practice ABA in that jurisdiction. See https://www.apbahome.net/general/recommended_links.asp for more information.
Candidates must assume full responsibility to be aware of relevant law and the current regulations for implementing it, application forms and other materials. Specific questions about the law, regulations/rules, application procedures, etc. should be addressed to the regulatory body or agency. For most jurisdictions, there is also a link to the website of the behavior analysis organization(s) in that state, province, region, or country. Those organizations (where they exist) may have additional information about these laws as well as other local laws and regulations affecting the practice of ABA.
Please contact the SJU Office of Certification at EDcert@sju.edu for assistance regarding obtaining a BCBA or BCaBA credential in your selected state or jurisdiction.
Saint Joseph’s University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680. www.msche.org
Out of state students who are enrolled in a Saint Joseph’s University online course, who have a complaint about a course, should follow Saint Joseph’s Student Complaint Resolution in Distance Education to Out-of-State Students policy.
At Saint Joseph’s University, our mission is to provide the best educational experience possible. In most cases, state complaint procedures require the student to exhaust all complaint avenues internal to the institution before a complaint can be filed at the state or accrediting agency level. Institutions must provide both current and prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with its accrediting body and the appropriate state agency for handling complaints in a student’s resident state.
As a first step, a student should contact the Dean of their respective college to seek a resolution to a complaint. Should the issue not be able to be resolved by the Dean, the next step is to contact the Office of the Provost. Contact information is below.
You may also file a complaint with Saint Joseph’s University’s regional accrediting agency, Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Complete the “Complaints Involving Member and Candidate Institutions Form” (Section VII).
Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act includes regulations regarding the delivery of distance education to out-of-state residents. The United States Department of Education requires that institutions comply with any applicable state approval or licensure requirements in each state to which distance education instruction is delivered. Students have the right to file a complaint against an institution when these requirements are not followed, or regarding the loss of tuition and fees as a result of unfair business practices.
SJU Contact Information
|Office of the Dean
College of Arts and Sciences
|Office of the Dean
Haub School of Business
Office of Academic Affairs
If a student located in a SARA state has a complaint about Saint Joseph’s University, complaints must first go through the grievance process stated above. If a student is not satisfied with the outcome of that process, a complaint involving allegations of fraudulent activity, including the provision of false or misleading information, may be brought to the Pennsylvania SARA board. The SARA portal entity in the state where the student is located will be notified that the complaint was received and may assist as needed. Resolution of the complaint by the SARA portal entity in the institution’s home state is final.