Texas Tech University

State Authorization

 Tom Dolan

Tom Dolan


Texas Tech University (TTU) is authorized to deliver 100% online eLearning courses in 46 states and the District of Columbia (excluding Kansas, North Dakota, Minnesota and Oregon). Activities which may trigger the need for additional authorization in all 50 states and the District of Columbia can be categorized as follows: internships, externships, practicums and face-to-face instruction or meetings; TTU employees in the state; recruiting or direct advertising in the state; 3rd party agreements; and owning property in the state.

The category of internships is of special note. As of March 19, 2015, seventeen states restrict internship activities and with few exceptions, most require full authorization. 15 states allow internships with a variety of specific requirements. 15 additional states do not currently regulate internships. Texas Tech University has an explicit agreement allowing TTU student interns to be placed in the District of Columbia. Allowed activities may be further regulated if they fall under any licensing board regulations in any state.

TTU entities desiring to conduct any of the activities outlined above should contact Tom.Dolan@ttu.edu in TTU Worldwide eLearning before initiating the activity in order to ascertain which regulations may apply in the states in which the activity is to occur. TTU Worldwide eLearning staff expect many states to ease regulations starting in the summer of 2016. However, the need to seek authorization for activities in some states will remain with us long into the future.