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Licensure renewal flexibility ends July 1 

6/7/2021

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with Ohio law, the Ohio Department of Education provided flexibility for educators to renew their licenses and permits previously set to expire July 1, 2020. All licenses and permits previously set to expire on July 1, 2020, remained valid until July 1, 2021, to allow additional time for educators to complete requirements for renewal. Educators may need to adjust their individual professional development plans as needed.

It is important to note that all educators whose licenses or permits were previously set to expire July 1, 2020, still must renew for the 2020-2021 school year in accordance with their license renewal cycles. As such, the effective date for renewal is July 1, 2020, for all licenses originally set to expire July 1, 2020. Accordingly, educators who hold renewable one-year licenses or permits and wish to renew for the 2021-2022 school year first must renew for the 2020-2021 school year. 
 
Educators must complete their legally required professional development and renew their expiring licenses before July 1, 2021, or an additional three semester hours of professional education coursework will be required for renewal of their expired licenses. The additional coursework requirement is not applicable to individuals renewing their pupil services licenses with verification of their active Ohio board licenses nor those renewing their substitute teaching licenses or educational aide, pupil activity or adult education permits. 
 
Educators still may align their currently expiring licenses with other previously issued professional licenses. 
 
Email questions to the Office of Educator Licensure.