State provision offers computer science licensure reimbursement


To increase the number of educators qualified to teach computer science in the state, Ohio law includes a provision for reimbursing teachers for the costs of obtaining licenses to teach computer science.
The provision includes $1.5 million in funding for Fiscal Year 2020 and Fiscal Year 2021. It allows currently licensed teachers to apply for reimbursement of the coursework and content testing fees they spent to secure computer science supplemental teaching licenses. 
The Ohio Department of Education reimburses educators directly for the cost of content examinations and pedagogy courses required by Ohio Revised Code completed by summer term 2021. 
The Department will give priority for reimbursement to educators who agree to teach at least one remote computer science course at a school that lacks access to computer science educators. It will grant second priority to educators assigned to schools that have more than 50 percent economically disadvantaged students and few or no teachers licensed to teach computer science. 
2019-2020 application windows are:

  • Nov. 25, 2019 – Dec. 27, 2019
  • April 13, 2020 – May 31, 2020
2020-2021 application windows are:
  • July 1, 2020 – July 31, 2020
  • Oct. 26, 2020 – Dec. 11, 2020
  • April 19, 2020 – May 28, 2021
For more information, contact John Wiseman at (614) 728-7589 or visit the Department’s Computer Science Licensure Application webpage.