Professional Education Scholastic Regulations

Disqualified students may enroll in Professional Education programs; however, the university, in considering applications for readmission and reinstatement, does not accept 400-series course credit as evidence of qualification for reinstatement.

Students desiring to apply extension credit toward the requirements for any degree or teachers' credentials must secure approval from the department that is authorizing the reinstatement.

All students enrolling through Professional Education must meet course prerequisites and are bound by all applicable university regulations given in this catalog, or in the most recent Winter Session, Summer Session or Open University schedule of classes.

Information concerning tuition fees, admission and registration policies and procedures, withdrawal and refund policies, grading systems, academic standards and student advisement may be found in one or more of these publications. Regulations concerning the application of Professional Education credit toward bachelor's degrees and toward residence credit in the university are given elsewhere in this catalog under Credit for Professional Education.

State Authorization for Distance Education

Distance education authorization only impacts prospective students who are interested in completing a SJSU degree or certificate program while simultaneously residing in another state.

States expect institutions to obtain approval for regulated activities that occur in their state. These activities may include but are not limited to online learning, practical experiences, faculty teaching from another state, marketing, and advertising. The requirements as to which activities require authorization, the application processes, and the costs to comply vary greatly from state to state. An institution's compliance (or lack thereof) can affect its ability to receive federal financial aid.


San Jose State University is accredited by the Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). To view SJSU's most recent accreditation letter as well as learn more about visits and reports, please visit SJSU's WASC Accreditation website.

Resolving a Grievance

Students residing outside of California (while attending SJSU's distance education programs) wishing to resolve a grievance should contact the appropriate office (e.g. Bursar's Office, Financial Aid Office, etc.). If the issue persists, please follow the CSU Internal Complaint Process.

CSU Internal Complaint Process

Prior to filing a complaint with a state agency, see Executive Order No. 1063 for details regarding the complaint requirements and process. If you are a student wishing to file a complaint in your home state, please select the state contact at the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association to file a complaint directly in your state.


Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board certification does not constitute an endorsement of any institution, course or degree program. Such certification merely indicates that certain minimum standards have been met under the rules and regulations of institutional certification as defined in Arkansas Code %A76-61-301.


After exhausting the below CSU Student Internal Complaint Process, Georgia residents may also file a complaint with the State of Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission at the following website:


  1. Information on registration with the Commission can be found on the following website:
  2. The process for Maryland students to make complaints can be found on the following website:


San Jose State University is registered with the office 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.


According to the Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR 583-030-0035(18)(c)), after classes begin for a term, an Oregon student who withdraws from a course is eligible for a partial refund through the middle week of the term. Refunds shall be based on unused instructional time and shall be prorated on a weekly basis for schools using a semester calendar.

Refund Policy

If SJSU plans to be authorized to offer a program in a particular state but does not obtain approval before the term starts, the student's application fee will be refunded.

For More Information

Visit the SJSU's State Authorization website,, or contact