Walden University is required by the United States Department of Education 2016 State Authorization Rule to provide information on state authorizations and program licensure.
Walden University is currently authorized, licensed, registered, exempt or not subject to approval in all states, except New York * and Rhode Island**. Some states have required that the following statements be listed below:
*According to the New York State Education Department (NYSED), current New York students may continue Walden enrollment. Due to an interpretation by NYSED of a new NY law, Walden is unable to accept applications from residents of New York at this time while it seeks reconsideration from the state.
** The Rhode Island Office of Postsecondary Commission (RIOPC) has provided a temporary state authorization exemption which allows Rhode Island students to continue Walden enrollment. Due to regulatory requirements in Rhode Island, Walden is unable to accept applications from residents of Rhodes Island at this time.
Walden University’s programs are exempt from authorization under AS 14.48 as Walden’s programs are offered online only and Walden University does not have a physical presence in the state.
Prospective students from Florida may obtain additional information regarding Walden University by contacting the Commission on Independent Education, Florida Department of Education, 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400; 1-888-224-6684. Credits and degrees earned from this college do not automatically qualify the holder to participate in professional licensing examinations to practice certain professions in Florida. Persons interested in practicing a regulated profession in Florida should contact the appropriate state regulatory agency in the field of their interest.
Walden University was previously an approved sub-contractor, in collaboration with Kendall College, which allowed certain Walden education courses to meet the requirements for professional development courses for Illinois teacher licensure or license renewal. Walden is no longer affiliated with Kendall College as it became part of National Louis University in 2018. As such, Walden University’s education courses currently do not meet the requirements for professional development courses for licensure or license renewals in Illinois for educators. Walden is currently pursuing an arrangement with a new affiilate or an Illinois state-approved professional development provider which will allow Walden education courses to meet the requirements for professional development courses for educators in Illinois for licensure or license renewal. Please check back frequently for an updated status.
The institution is approved by the Indiana Board for Proprietary Education at 402 West Washington Street, Room W462, Indianapolis, IN 46204; 1-317-232-1324 or 1-317-232-6716.
Walden University is a registered institution with the Iowa College Student Aid Commission. Students may contact the commission with questions or complaints at the following address: Iowa College Student Aid Commission, 475 SW 5th St., Suite D., Des Moines, IA 50309-4608. Students may also call (877) 272-4456, or submit a complaint online at https://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/sdrf.
Not all of the online programs offered by our institution have been approved in Kentucky. Please check the Council on Postsecondary Education’s website at
https://dataportal.cpe.ky.gov/KYAcademicProgInventory.aspx to view its listing of approved programs. For more information, please contact the Council on Postsecondary Education, 1024 Capital Center Drive, Suite 320, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601.
Please be advised that our educator preparation programs are not accredited in Kentucky by the Education Professional Standards Board and are not recognized for initial, additional, or renewal of certification or salary enhancement (rank change) for K-12 educators in Kentucky. For more information, please visit the Education Professional Standards Board’s website at http://www.epsb.ky.gov/.
Walden University is a registered institution in the State of Maryland. Any complaints can be directed to the Maryland Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division, 200 St. Paul Street Baltimore, MD 21202; 410-528-8662 or 888-743-0823 (toll free).
The following is a disclosure required by Maryland: Disclosure to Prospective Maryland Students
The following disclosures are required by Massachusetts:
Walden University is registered with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.
Walden University is authorized by the State of Oregon to offer and confer the academic degrees described herein, following a determination that state academic standards will be satisfied under OAR 583-030. Inquiries concerning the standards or school compliance may be directed to the Office of Degree Authorization, 1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100, Eugene, OR 97401.
Licensed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, 1333 Main St., Suite 200, Columbia, SC 29201; 1-803-737-2260. Licensure indicates only that minimum standards have been met; and it is not equal to or synonymous with accreditation by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Walden University’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership has been approved by the South Carolina Department of Education to provide coursework that meets the South Carolina Read to Succeed and state in-service guidelines.
Walden University is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) requires all institutions to have a published grievance procedure that describes the process for filing a complaint. Walden University's student complaint procedures can be found at the following link: https://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=170&navoid=58393.
Students who have exhausted the institution's grievance procedures may file a complaint with THECB by completing the forms found at the following link: http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/links/student-complaints/. Or, students can contact the THECB Office of General Counsel, PO Box 12788, Austin, TX 78711, (512) 427-6101.
The rules governing student complaints in Texas can be found in Title 19 of the Texas Administrative Code, Sections 1.110-1.120: http://texreg.sos.state.tx.us/public/readtac$ext.ViewTAC?tac_view=5&ti=19&pt=1&ch=1&sch=E&rl=Y
Walden University is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Walden University to advertise, recruit for, and offer field placement components of specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430 or by email at [email protected].
The transferability of credits earned at Walden University is at the discretion of the receiving college, university, or other educational institution. Students considering transferring to any institution should not assume that credits earned in any program of study at Walden University will be accepted by the receiving institution. Similarly, the ability of a degree, certificate, diploma, or other academic credential earned at Walden University to satisfy an admission requirement of another institution is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Accreditation does not guarantee credentials or credits earned at Walden University will be accepted by or transferred to another institution. To minimize the risk of having to repeat coursework, students should contact the receiving institution in advance for evaluation and determination of transferability of credits and/or acceptability of degrees, diplomas, or certificates earned.
The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) has authority to investigate student complaints against specific schools. WSAC may not be able to investigate every student complaint. Visit https://www.wsac.wa.gov/student-complaints for information regarding the WSAC complaint process.