Institution Approval & Program Registration

Use of the terms “college” and “university” in New York State is generally restricted to institutions chartered by the Regents or the State Legislature. To establish a college or university in New York State, an entity must be authorized by the Board of Regents or its charter to confer degrees. In addition, the Education Department must register every curriculum (program) creditable toward a degree at a New York college or university before the institution may offer the program. 


Teacher certification students and candidates: the Office of Teaching Initiatives provides information about education and other requirements for a teaching certificate, including guidance on distance education options.