Addition of “ESEA Qualified” to Educational Aide Permits
If you have successfully completed either the ParaPro examination, an associate degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education, or at least two years of college study at an accredited institution of higher education (defined as 48 semester hours or 72 quarter hours), and would like to add the “ESEA Qualified” designation to your educational aide permit, you may do so by accessing the CORE licensure system online licensure application system through the Ohio Department of Education’s website at education.ohio.gov
ESEA stands for the Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or No Child Left Behind, which requires educational aides or paraprofessionals working in Title I settings to meet certain qualifications. However, any qualified person may add the designation regardless of their employment setting.
You will need a SAFE account in order to access the system. If you do not have a SAFE account you will be able to sign up for one by clicking on the SAFE link at the top of the Department of Education’s home page. Once you have accessed CORE licensure system through your SAFE account please go to the My Credentials page and select “add area” in order to apply to add the ESEA designation to an existing educational aide permit. The fee for this transaction is $20 and may be paid by credit card during the application process.
If you are adding the designation based upon completion of college coursework, please mail official transcripts (no photocopies please) to the Ohio Department of Education, Office of Educator Licensure, 25 South Front Street Mail Stop 105, Columbus Oh 43215. If you are adding the designation based on successful completion of the ParaPro examination, please ensure that your score has been electronically reported directly to the Ohio Department of Education by Educational Testing Service. Please note that paper score reports may not be utilized.
Last Modified: 10/16/2015 3:05:28 PM