How to Transition a Certificate to a License

As of Sept. 2, 2002, all expired or expiring four-year provisional or eight-year professional certificates must be transitioned to a five-year professional license at the time of renewal.

Currently Expiring Certificates

Requirements for the transition of a currently expiring certificate:

  • Completion of six semester hours of coursework relevant to classroom teaching and/or the area of certification since the latest issue date of the certificate to be transitioned, or 18 CEUs as approved by the Local Professional Development Committee (LPDC) of the employing school or school district..
  • Educators employed in the schools of Ohio must complete an approved Individual Professional Plan (IPDP), and meet all transition requirements through the Local Professional Development Committee (LPDC).

Certificate Lapsed up to Five Years​

Requirements for the transition of a certificate that has lapsed for up to five years:

  • ​Completion of nine semester hours (13.5 quarter hours) of coursework relevant to classroom teaching and/or the area of certification since the latest issue date of the certificate to be transitioned. 

Note: If, during the lapsed period of the certificate, the certificate holder is continuously employed under another valid Ohio certificate or license, or as an educator in another state under a currently valid certificate or license, then the renewal provisions for "Currently Expiring Certificates" applies.

Certificate Lapsed More than Five Years​

Requirements for the transition of a certificate that has lapsed for more than five years:

  • Completion of 12 semester hours (18 quarter hours) of coursework relevant to classroom teaching and/or the area of certification since the latest issue date of the certificate to be transitioned.

If, during the lapsed period of the certificate, the certificate holder is continuously employed under another valid Ohio certificate or license, or as an educator in another state under a currently valid certificate or license,  then the renewal provisions for "Currently Expiring Certificates" applies.

Pupil Services Certificate Transitions

Transition of the following certificates to a five-year professional license may be obtained by an individual who evidences a currently valid license issued by the respective Ohio licensure board.

  • School audiologist
  • School nurse
  • School social worker
  • Occupational therapist
  • School speech-language pathologist
  • Physical therapist

Apply Online

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.

Find e-signers.

 

Last Modified: 9/19/2013 11:53:28 AM