Educator license applications are going paperless effective Jan. 1, 2014
Beginning in January 2014, the submission and approval process for all first-time or renewal licensure applications must be completed online. To ensure a smooth transition away from a paper-based system to the online system, license applicants and authorized e-signers of license applications need to take some preparatory steps. Each applicant and e-signer will need a SAFE account with the Ohio Department of Education, which may be created through the department’s website.
Individuals who will be fulfilling e-signer roles to authorize and sign license applications (roles of Superintendent or Designee, Local Professional Development Committee Coordinator or Designee, Dean-College of Education or Designee) need to have these roles designated in the Ohio Educational Directory System (OEDS). They may then sign in to ODE.CORE through their SAFE account, select My Educator Profile, then My Approvals, then Enroll Me, in order to complete the process of registering as an e-signer. Once e-signers are enrolled, they will receive email notifications when online applications are submitted for review and approval.
The system accepts payments for licensure fees by credit card. To learn more about using the online application please visit the Ohio Department of Education’s website in order to access resources including a user guide, e-signer enrollment instructions, and YouTube training videos on how to use the system.