Degree-Granting Authority and Accreditation

Nature of COATS Degrees

COATS degree programs are designed solely for religious, spiritual, metaphysical, and holistic vocations (246.084 (1) (b),(c),(i), Florida Statutes).


COATS is recognized by the State of Florida Department of Education to operate as a religious college exempt from DOE oversight under Title XLVIII of Florida Administrative Code, Section 1005.06(1)(f), F.S., RULE 6E-5.001.  A copy of the Seminary’s current Letter of Exemption is on file with the registrar and is available for inspection upon request.


COATS is not externally accredited at this time, as there are no accrediting agencies whose purview includes Pagan religious institutions. COATS is committed to providing our students with a world-class, well-founded, and scholarly religious education.  To ensure this quality, COASTS undertakes a program of self-accreditation by inviting a panel of external advisors to routinely evaluate our curriculum and inspect our records.  In addition, COATS selects faculty from a wide variety of Pagan traditions and other religious educational institutions to ensure both the quality and diversity of the curriculum we offer.