Professional Licensure Disclosures
Triton College offers several programs leading to professional licensure and/or certification in the State of Illinois. Effective July 1, 2020, U.S. Code of Federal Regulations 34 CFR 668.43 requires disclosures for all programs leading to a license or certification. Disclosures are provided for all states in the state guide and indicate whether the program meets licensure requirements, does not meet licensure requirements or has not yet been determined for each state.
State authorization is the body of state, federal, and professional licensing board regulations that impact where institutions of higher education can operate.
Requirements to offer postsecondary education are different in every state. These requirements affect online programs, on-ground field experiences, and programs that are designed to lead to licensure or certification in a professional field. Triton College’s compliance with these requirements ensures that your academic program will be sufficient to meet the educational requirements to be eligible to apply for licensure in Illinois and other states.
As each state has its own education requirements for licensure/certification, Triton College annually reviews the requirements of states that students enroll from. Professional Licensure and Certification Disclosures will be updated on this website accordingly.
State authorization regulations were put in place to protect students from investing time and money in a program that could not be recognized in a student’s state.
Requiring authorization of distance education, field experiences, and licensure programs ensures that students are protected as consumers. In addition, disclosure requirements ensure that a prospective student knows whether a program meets educational requirements for licensure in each state before enrolling. (See U.S. Code of Federal Regulations 34 CFR 668.43)
Triton College will update the disclosures on this website annually but licensure and certification requirements in a state may change at any time during the year. Additionally, disclosures only reflect whether a Triton College program meets educational requirements, but state licensure boards often require applicants to successfully pass licensure or certification examinations, background checks, have a specific number of years of professional experience, and/or completed specialized training. It is highly recommended that you contact the appropriate licensing entity in the state you are planning to obtain professional licensure or certification in to for guidance on licensure or certification requirements before enrolling in a Triton College academic program.
If Triton College has not determined whether a program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the state you live or work, you should contact the state licensing entity to determine whether it meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the state.
Triton College is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) which allows us to provide distance learning programs (both online and in the form of supervised field experiences) and coursework to residents of states other than Illinois. NC-SARA membership, however, does not grant reciprocity or exempt us from state professional licensing requirements. As a result, licensing requirements in Illinois may not be recognized as sufficient to obtain a license in any other state.
Relocating during the course of a program to another state may impact whether the student can remain in the program, meet the state licensure requirements and/or continue to receive financial aid funding. Prior to considering relocation, please contact your program director to discuss authorization and licensure eligibility requirements.
Prior to enrolling in any program at Triton College, prospective students living and/or working outside of the United States should confirm with the appropriate certifying agency whether successful completion of any degree program at Triton will meet the credentialing requirements of the country in which they intend to seek employment, as to certain types of employment or for advanced/specialized educational programs.
Responsibility of Students
Students should review the specific academic requirements for the program in which they are enrolling, including those related to practicum/internship as well as pre-qualifications for licensure such as the need for a criminal background check. We highly recommend that students contact the applicable licensure board(s) in their state of residence or in the state where they intend to obtain a license before beginning an academic program that results in licensure and prior to beginning any internship/practicum. Many licensure boards require more than successful degree completion to obtain a license. Please be advised that state laws, regulations, and policies may change at any time. Changes in requirements can impact the program’s ability to meet educational requirements for licensure. It is the responsibility of the student completing the licensure program to check with the licensing board(s) in their state of residence or in the state in which they intend to obtain a license for the most recent information and requirements. Triton College shall not be held liable if the student is unable to qualify for licensure or certification in any jurisdiction or cannot obtain a practicum/internship location.
The curriculum for programs customarily leading to licensure/certification at Triton College have been designed to meet the educational to prepare students to apply for licensure/certification exams in the State of Illinois. Licensure boards in each state are responsible for establishing the requirements for licensure/certification for their state. Students who intend to return or move to any state other than Illinois need to review the professional licensure disclosures pertaining to their program and consult with the state professional licensing board. The state professional licensing boards make the ultimate decision as to whether or not an individual will be eligible to apply for licensure/certification based on the rules and regulations in place at the time the individual submits their application for licensure.
Professional Licensure Disclosures indicate one of the three options for each state:
Use this State Reference Guide to identify states in which Triton College program requirements fulfill state guidelines for professional licensure and certification.
For questions regarding programs listed in the State Reference Guide, please contact the Chair or Coordinator of the respective program.