How to Renew a Two-Year Provisional License
No Longer Issuing Two-Year Provisional License to New Teachers
While existing two year provisional teaching licenses may be renewed in accordance with the requirements below, new two year provisional licenses are no longer issued. Ohio's beginning teacher license is now the four year resident educator license. If you will be a participant in the Ohio Resident Educator Program (Ohio's beginning teacher induction program) then you will need to obtain a four year resident educator license.
Coursework Requirements for Renewal
No pre-approval of coursework: Applicants do not need to seek pre-approval of coursework from the Ohio Department of Education. The department DOES NOT pre-approve coursework. Applicants should select coursework related to classroom teaching and/or area of licensure.
Accreditation: Coursework must be completed at an accredited college or university. To verify accreditation, check with the college or university directly or check here.
Dates of coursework: Applicants who wish to renew their licenses must have completed coursework after the issue date of the license they wish to renew.
Course requirements for currently expiring licenses: Complete three semester hours of coursework related to classroom teaching and/or area of licensure from an accredited two-year or four-year institution of higher education. Coursework needs to be completed prior to September 1 of the year of expiration of the license to be renewed or the renewal requirement increases to six semester hours.
Course requirements for licenses that have lapsed for up to five years: Complete six semester hours of coursework related to classroom teaching and/or area of licensure from an accredited two-year or four-year institution of higher education.
Course requirements for licenses that have lapsed more than five years: Complete nine semester hours of coursework related to classroom teaching and/or area of licensure from an accredited two-year or four-year institution of higher education.
License holders with reading or phonics limitations: Pursuant to Ohio law, educators must have successfully completed at least 12 semester hours of coursework in the teaching of reading that includes at least one separate course of at least three semester hours in the teaching of phonics in the context of reading, writing, and spelling. The coursework must be completed at an accredited college or university. Many educators who completed their education preparation program out of state will not have met this requirement, so a license is issued to the educator with the limitation placed upon it to complete the reading coursework requirement prior to expiration.
To renew or advance your teaching license, Ohio law requires that you complete all coursework in the teaching of reading before renewing and/or advancing your teaching license. The limitation will be removed from your license when you provide a transcript from an accredited college or university that provides evidence that you have successfully completed the requirements.
Using the My Educator Profile tool, educators can update their demographic data and pay licensure fees online using a credit card.
Access My Educator Profile by signing into SAFE.
Note: If your application requires an e-signature of a superintendent, Local Professional Development Committee or college education dean, that individual must be an e-signer before you can submit your application online.
Last Modified: 6/23/2015 8:25:20 AM