How to Transition or Advance a Two-Year Provisional License

Please Note: The Ohio Department of Education Is No Longer Issuing/Renewing Two-Year Provisional Licenses

Ohio’s four-year resident educator license for beginning educators has replaced the two-year provisional license. If you will be a participant in the Ohio Resident Educator Program (Ohio's beginning teacher induction program), you will need to obtain a four-year resident educator license. The Ohio Department of Education no longer issues two-year provisional educator licenses, and educators no longer have the option to renew these licenses. If you hold a two-year provisional license that has expired or has yet to expire, and you have not yet completed the four-year Ohio Resident Educator Program, please complete an online application for one of the following:

  • Transition to the four-year resident educator license, or
  • Advance to the five-year professional license, and show verification of your eligibility (please see requirements below).

Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I TRANSITION my two-year provisional license to a four-year resident educator license?

    In order to maintain a valid Ohio teaching license, educators who hold a two-year provisional license are required to participate in the Ohio Resident Educator Program (Ohio's beginning teacher induction program)  and will need to complete an online application to transition from the two-year provisional license to the four-year resident educator license.

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    How do I ADVANCE my two-year provisional license to a five-year professional license?

    Teachers who completed three years of teaching outside the state of Ohio

    The following is required:

    • A letter on district letterhead, signed by the superintendent or human resources director, verifying the subject(s) and grade level(s) taught each school year; and
    • A copy of the out-of-state teaching license(s) verifying standard licensure each school year taught; and
    • An online application to advance from the two-year provisional license to the five-year professional license.

    Career-technical workforce development teachers who already hold another five-year professional teaching license

    The follow is required:

    • A completed CTE-37 form signed by the university that verifies program requirements for the new license have been met; and
    • An online application to advance from the two-year provisional license to the five-year professional career technical license.

    Counselors and principals advancing to the five-year professional license from a two-year provisional license

    School counselors and principals have the option to advance and align this license to an existing five-year license; or, the license may be issued as a separate five-year license with an effective date that is reflective of the current year.  If aligned, the license will take on the validity period of the existing license.

    The following is required:

    • An online application to advance from the two-year provisional license to the five-year professional license.

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    What if I have READING LIMITATIONS on my license?

    According to Ohio law, educators must have successfully completed at least 12 semester hours of coursework in the teaching of reading that includes one separate course of at least three semester hours in the teaching of phonics in the context of reading, writing, and spelling.  Educators must complete the coursework at an accredited college or university.  Because many educators who completed their educator preparation programs out of state will not have met this requirement, Ohio issues licenses to these educators with limitations - meaning they need to complete the reading coursework requirement before their licenses expire.

    Before advancing your teaching license, Ohio law requires that you complete all coursework in the teaching of reading.  The limitation will be removed from your license when you provide a transcript from an accredited college or university that verifies you have successfully completed the requirements.

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    How do I complete my online APPLICATION?
    • Access your SAFE account.
    • Click on ODE.CORE.
    • Select My Credentials.
    • Select Advance or Transition from the drop down menu to the left of the credential you are advancing or transitioning, and then select Apply.
    • Complete the three steps of the application, and submit payment.

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Last Modified: 4/15/2016 9:47:21 AM