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Professional Licensure Disclosure

Ithaca College offers several academic programs that lead to professional licensure within New York State. All of Ithaca College’s professional licensure academic programs have been designed to meet or exceed the educational program expectations for professional licensure in the New York State, and they have been approved by NYSED. Most are recognized as meeting the high standards for accreditation by national accreditors. However, individual states vary in what professions they require to be licensed and how that licensure or certification is acquired. Some states accept graduation from a nationally accredited program, and some may require specific additional coursework, state examinations, licensing fees, residence requirements, additional fieldwork, or other additional expectations prior to issuing a professional license. Therefore, students are advised that the completion of an Ithaca College academic program leading to licensure or certification in New York State, and the satisfaction of any additional New York State licensure/certification requirements, will not guarantee receipt of licensure or certification in another state.

If your goal is to seek licensure or certification outside of New York State, you are strongly encouraged, before enrolling in the program, to review the academic program requirements and licensure/certification requirements of the state in which you intend to receive a state license or certification. We recommend that you contact the relevant state licensing agency to receive the most current guidance about licensure and certification requirements in that state, as requirements for licensure or certification can change at any time, and we strongly suggest ongoing review of those requirements during your program to help ensure that changes will not impact your licensure plans. Please note that state licensing agencies have the ultimate responsibility for determining whether the requirements for professional licensure in that state have been satisfied, and those decisions will be made based on the rules and regulations in force at the time the application is reviewed. For support understanding the requirements for licensure in other states, you may reach out to the program coordinator or chair of the academic program in which you intend to enroll.

State Authorization

Ithaca College participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) which allows us to provide distance learning programs and coursework (and supervised field/clinical experiences) to residents of states other than New York. NC-SARA membership, however, does not grant reciprocity or exempt us from state licensing requirements. As a result, licensing requirements in New York State may not be recognized as sufficient to obtain licensure or certification in any other state.

At this time, Ithaca College does not offer any fully online programs that lead to professional licensure. We do, however, make professional/clinical placements for our students in states outside of New York.

Professional Licensure Requirements

The curriculum for programs leading to professional licensure and certification have been designed to meet or exceed the licensure/certification requirements in New York State and to prepare students to sit for relevant licensure/certification examinations and to apply for professional licensure/certification in New York State. Students who plan to return or move to any state other than New York need to review the professional licensure disclosures pertaining to their program and to consult with the state licensing agency of the state in which they intend to become licensed. The state professional licensing boards make the ultimate decisions about whether or not an individual will be eligible for licensure based on the rules and regulations in place at the time the application for licensure is submitted.

Per U.S. Federal Regulations §668.43 and in compliance with the NC-SARA requirements, Ithaca College provides the following information related to the educational requirements for professional licensure and certifications. These disclosures are strictly limited to Ithaca College’s determinations of whether its professional programs, if successfully completed, would be sufficient to meet the educational licensure or certification expectations in a state other than New York. Ithaca College cannot provide verification of an individual’s ability to meet licensure requirements unrelated to its educational programming.

Ithaca College is currently researching whether our programs meet the requirements for professional licensure and certification in states and territories other than New York. Please see below for the list of Ithaca College academic programs that lead to professional licensure. 

If you are looking for a program that is not referenced on this page, please contact the program coordinator or chair of that program directly.

Teacher Education
Ithaca College’s teacher education programs (below) meet the educational program requirements to convey eligibility to apply for teacher certification in New York State. The state maintains additional requirements candidates must meet for certification beyond the completion of an approved educational program.

Agriculture Education, M.A.T. (grades K-12)
Adolescence Education, M.A.T. (grades 7-12 in biology, chemistry, earth science, mathematics, physics, English, French, Spanish, social studies)
Childhood Education, M.S. (grades 1-6 in elementary education)
Music Education, B.M. (grades K-12)
Performance and Music Education, B.M. (grades K-12)
Health Education, B.S. (grades K-12)
Health Education and Physical Education, B.S. (grades K-12)
Physical Education, B.S. (grades K-12)
Speech-Language Pathology with Teacher Certification, M.S. (grades K-12)

Art Education, B.A. (grades K-12)
Biology with Teaching Option, B.A. (grades 7-12)
Chemistry with Teaching Option, B.A. (grades 7-12)
English with Teaching Option, B.A. (grades 7-12)
German with Teaching Option, B.A. (grades 7-12)
Mathematics with Teaching Option, B.A. (grades 7-12)
Physics with Teaching Option, B.A. (grades 7-12)
Social Studies with Teaching Option, B.A. (grades 7-12)
Spanish with Teaching Option, B.A. (grades 7-12)
French with Teaching Option, B.A. (grades 7-12)

Ithaca College has not yet determined whether its programs meet other states’ and territories’ educational or professional requirements for teacher certification or licensure. For information on whether completion of an Ithaca College teacher education program will qualify for certification or licensure in a state or territory outside of New York, please contact the relevant state department of education listed at the NC-SARA Teacher Education Professional Licensure Directory.

You may also contact the Teacher Certification Specialist, in the Ithaca College Office of Teacher Certification, at teachered@ithaca.edu for additional support.

Accounting
Ithaca College’s M.S. in Accounting program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a certified public accountant (CPA) in New York State. The School of Business, which offers the Accounting program, has been recognized with AACSB accreditation. More details on licensing as a Certified Public Accountant in New York State may be reviewed at the NYSED Office of the Professions.

Ithaca College has not yet determined whether its program meets other states’ and territories’ educational or professional requirements for licensure as a CPA. For more information on whether completion of the Ithaca College M.S. in Accounting program will qualify for licensure in a state or territory outside of New York, please contact the relevant State Board of Accountancy, available at the National Association of State Boards for Accountancy.

You may also contact Dr. Marie Blouin, Associate Professor and Chair, Accounting and Business Law, at mblouin@ithaca.edu.

Athletic Training
Ithaca College’s dual degree B.S. in Exercise Science, Pre-Athletic Training/M.S. in Athletic Training program is accredited by CAATE and leads to eligibility to sit for the Board of Certification examination and to apply for licensure as an athletic trainer in New York State. It meets the educational program requirements to apply for licensure in New York State. More details on licensing as an athletic trainer in New York State may be reviewed at the NYSED Office of the Professions.

Ithaca College has not yet determined whether its program meets other states’ and territories’ educational or professional requirements for licensure as a certified athletic trainer. For more information on whether completion of the Ithaca College B.S. in Exercise Science, Pre-Athletic Training/M.S. in Athletic Training program will qualify you for licensure in a state or territory outside of New York, please contact the relevant state regulatory agency for Athletic Training.

You may also contact Dr. Jennifer McKeon, Associate Professor and Graduate Chair, Exercise Science and Athletic Training, at jmckeon@ithaca.edu.

Occupational Therapy
Ithaca College’s M.S. in Occupational Therapy and the five-year, dual-degree program B.S. Occupational Science/M.S. Occupational Therapy each meet the educational requirements to take the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and to apply for licensure as an occupational therapist in New York State. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), the accrediting agency for occupational therapy education recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. More details on licensing as an occupational therapist in New York State may be reviewed at the NYSED Office of the Professions.

According to the ACOTE website, ACTOE accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational programs satisfy the educational requirements for occupational therapy in all states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico, and graduation from an ACOTE-accredited program makes students eligible to take the NBCOT certification exam and to apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. For more information on detailed requirements, the NBCOT maintains a list of Occupational Therapy regulatory contacts by state: https://www.nbcot.org/-/media/NBCOT/PDFs/State_Contact_List.ashx.

Students with questions may also contact Dr. Julie Dorsey, Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy, at jdorsey@ithaca.edu.

Physical Therapy
Ithaca College’s DPT in Physical Therapy meets the educational program requirements to apply for licensure as a physical therapist in New York State. Additional requirements for licensure in New York (e.g., the professional examination, fees, age requirements) may be reviewed at the NYSED Office of the Professions. The DPT in Physical Therapy program at Ithaca College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Ithaca College has not yet determined whether its program meets other states’ and territories’ educational or professional requirements for licensure as a physical therapist. For more information on whether completion of the DPT in Physical Therapy program will qualify you for licensure in a state or territory outside of New York, please reference this list of state licensing entities posted by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy: https://www.fsbpt.org/Free-Resources/Licensing-Authorities-Contact-Information

You may also contact Dr. Laura Gras, Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Therapy, at lgras@ithaca.edu.

Physician Assistant
Ithaca College’s M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies meets the educational program requirements to apply for licensure as a physician assistant in New York State. Additional requirements for licensure in New York (e.g., the professional examination, fees, age requirements, infection control and barrier precautions training) may be reviewed at the NYSED Office of the Professions site. The M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies program at Ithaca College is accredited by ARC-PA.

Ithaca College has not yet determined whether its program meets other states’ and territories’ educational or professional requirements for licensure as a physician assistant. For more information on whether completion of the Ithaca College M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies program will qualify you for licensure in a state or territory outside of New York, please contact the relevant state licensing entities for physician assistant licensure: https://www.nccpa.net/state-licensing-boards/. Most states do require that the educational program be accredited by ARC-PA, but many also have additional requirements for professional licensure. https://www.aapa.org/download/19739/

You may also contact Dr. Susan Salahshor, Assistant Professor and Program Director, Physician Assistant Program, at ssalahshor@ithaca.edu.

Speech-Language Pathology
Ithaca College’s M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology meets the educational program requirements to apply for licensure as a speech-language pathologist in New York State. Additional requirements for licensure in New York, beyond completion of an approved, ASHA-accredited program, may be reviewed at the NYSED Office of the Professions site. The M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).

Ithaca College has not yet determined whether its program meets other states’ and territories’ educational or professional requirements for licensure as speech-language pathologist. For more information on whether completion of the Ithaca College M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology program will qualify you for licensure in a state or territory outside of New York, please contact the relevant state licensing entities for speech-language pathology.  ASHA maintains a state-by-state list: https://www.asha.org/advocacy/state/

You may also contact Dr. Lynne Hewitt, Professor and Chair, Department of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology at lhewitt@ithaca.edu.