Louisiana RS 17 1808 requires all academic degree-granting institutions operating in the State of Louisiana to register with the Board of Regents and be licensed unless otherwise exempt.
Academic Degree-Granting Institutions
Licensure Process for Institutions Operating in Louisiana
For institutions domiciled in Louisiana, the term operating applies to the offering of courses and programs through any modality. For institutions domiciled outside Louisiana, the term operate shall mean the offering of courses that are physically delivered in the State of Louisiana and/or require clinical experiences in the State of Louisiana. The term clinical experiences shall mean site-based learning activities (e.g. clinical, internships, student teaching, practicum, field-based experiences, etc.) in settings (e.g. hospitals, schools, businesses, etc.) in which students are working with patients, children, teachers, principals, etc. in Louisiana and are observed/assisted/evaluated by supervisors, preceptors, coaches, teachers, principals, or other individuals to determine that course and program requirements have been addressed. SARA-approved institutions which offer interstate-supervised clinical experiences in Louisiana are exempt from licensure if the interstate-supervised field experiences place fewer than 11 students from each program in Louisiana who are physically present simultaneously at a single facility/site.
For more information on the licensure process, please see the Compiled Rules and Regulations.
For institutions already licensed by the Board.
For Existing Academic degree-granting institutions seeking licensure with Louisiana due to a new location or other physical presence trigger.
Newly Domiciled Application
For NEW academic-degree granting institutions domiciled in Louisiana. If granted licensure, NEW Louisiana domiciled unaccredited institutions are also required to post a surety bond issued by a surety authorized to do business in the state of Louisiana in the amount of $10,000 to cover the period of the license and submit the Surety Bond Form for New Louisiana Academic Degree-Granting Institutions.
If you have questions regarding the licensure process, please contact Courtney Britton at Courtney.Britton@laregents.edu.
Religious Degree-Granting Institutions
Religious Exemption and Registration
Exemption from licensure is restricted to institutions named in law and religious institutions that grant religious degrees exclusively. The degrees must be religious in nature by title and content. While religious institutions are exempt from licensure, registration is mandatory every year.
The Board of Regents will be moving application processes for institutional licensure and authorization to an online platform in 2023. To allow for the most efficient process without duplication of applications, Religious Registration applications will go live as soon as possible. When available, the registration link will be emailed out to existing schools, and a request link will be provided here.
If you have questions regarding religious exemption and registration, please contact Courtney Britton at Courtney.Britton@laregents.edu.
Teacher Education and Educational Leader Courses and Programs
Teacher Education and Educational Leader courses and programs may warrant additional requirements and approvals. For more information, please contact Dr. Susannah Craig at Susannah.Craig@laregents.edu or Melissa Anders at Melissa.Anders@laregents.edu.