For school superintendents, principals and treasurers


Final paper licensure applications due Dec. 31; signers need to be ready for 100 percent paperless system by Jan. 1
Because the process for submitting and reviewing teacher licensure applications is moving to a completely paperless system as of Jan. 1, any paper applications must be received by Dec. 31 to be processed. Thereafter, applicants and authorized reviewers must complete the process online.

Teachers may already apply for licenses online through the CORE My Educator Profile if the individuals designated to review and approve applications are registered as electronic application signers. These individuals are: superintendents or superintendent designees; credential e-signers; coordinator and coordinator designees for local professional development communities; and dean or dean-designees – colleges of education. Search for those who already have signed up as e-signers using the search function in CORE’s Educator Profile.

Signers that already have a SAFE account and their current role and email address listed in the Ohio Educational Directory System Redesign can complete the e-signer registration process in a few short steps:

  • Sign into SAFE,
  • Select ODE CORE;
  • Select My Educator Profile;
  • Select My Approvals; and
  • Click on Enroll me.

Enrolled signers will receive email notifications when applications are submitted for review and approval. For more information on getting started, click here. Deans and dean designees who need assistance with the Ohio Educational Directory System should contact Mary Rose at mary.rose@education.ohio.gov. For assistance on licensure topics, click here for more details and a list of regional licensure consultants.

Be sure your local professional development committee is properly registered and ready for online application renewals
Your local professional development committee (LPDC) needs to have taken several steps so they can review and approve five-year professional license renewals online.

  1. Check to see if your LPDC is already registered by logging into SAFE, accessing CORE and selecting LPDC. There is a search link at the bottom.

    If the committee has not already done so, they should follow the online instructions to properly register the LPDC as a unique organization with its own IRN. During the set-up process, the names of those serving in the coordinator – LPDC and coordinator-designee – LPDC roles must be designated within CORE.
  2. It is recommended that both the coordinator and coordinator-designee follow the steps in My Educator Profile in CORE to become e-signers for five-year professional license renewals. Search for those who already have signed up as e-signers using the search function in CORE’s Educator Profile.

Registration opens for new Ohio Assessments for Educators
Eleven new Ohio Assessments for Educators were added last week to the array of tests for candidates who are seeking initial Ohio educator licenses, or licensure in a new area. There are now 39 total Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAEs), which replace the Praxis II series as the required Ohio educator licensure assessments, except for world languages.

Candidates may register now on the Ohio Assessment for Educators website to take the 11 new tests: Chemistry, Computer Information Science, Earth and Space Science, English to Speakers of Other Languages, Integrated Science, Marketing, Physics, Prekindergarten Subtest I and II, School Counselor, School Library Media Specialist and Theater.

Those who are seeking licensure in world languages will continue to use the oral proficiency interview and writing proficiency test from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Ohio Assessments for Educators in the areas of agricultural education, dance and health are expected to be added later in 2014.

For the complete list of available assessments, please visit the Ohio Assessments for Educators website.