Preparing for a Principal's License

Traditional Pathway

Educators who are interested in applying for a professional principal license must meet the qualifications outlined in Ohio administrative rule:

  • Earn a master’s degree from an accredited university;
  • Complete an approved principal preparation program;
  • Receive a recommendation from the dean or head of teacher education at the institution where the candidate completed the principal preparation program;
  • Complete the Ohio Assessment for Educators licensure exam #015, Educational Leadership, prescribed by the State Board of Education; and
  • Have two years of successful teaching experience with students of the ages and grade levels for which the principal license is sought.

Professional Principal License Areas

Applicants who have completed the requirements above may apply for a professional principal license in the areas in which they have two years of teaching experience:

  • Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, Multi-Age, or Intervention Specialist licenses – teaching experience with students who are ages 3-12 and pre-Kindergarten through Grade 6;
  • Middle Childhood, Multi-Age, Adolescence to Young Adult, Intervention Specialist or Career-Technical licenses – teaching experience with students who are ages 8-14 and Grades 4-9;
  • Middle Childhood, Multi-Age, Intervention Specialist, Adolescence to Young Adult or Career-Technical licenses – teaching experience with students who are ages 10-21 and Grades 5-12.

Alternative Pathway

Qualified candidates may choose to pursue a nontraditional pathway toward a career in education. Find out more here.

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Last Modified: 6/26/2014 11:35:39 AM