Alternative Principal License

Initial Application Requirements

  • Official transcripts showing all college coursework, degrees and GPA of 3.0 (no photocopies please). Transcripts may not be uploaded.

                   Please mail all official transcripts to:
                  
Ohio Department of Education
                   Office of Educator Licensure
                   25 S. Front Street, Mail Stop 105
                   Columbus, OH 43215-4183

  • A letter, on letterhead, from the superintendent verifying the principal or assistant principal principal position in which the applicant will serve, including grade levels. This may be uploaded in your SAFE account during the application process.
  • Documentation of two or more years of teaching or five years of successful experience in teaching, administration, education or management. This employment verification needs to be provided in letter format by the employer.  This may be uploaded in your SAFE account during the application process.

 

Renewal Application Requirements

Advance Application Requirements

(At the conclusion of the three year alternative principal pathway)

                        Please mail all official transcripts to:
                    
    Ohio Department of Education
                        Office of Educator Licensure
                        25 S. Front Street, Mail Stop 105
                        Columbus, OH 43215-4183

Correcting the Employing District

(If the alternative principal license holder has transferred to a different employer)

  • The new hiring district will electronically e-sign the online application.
  • A letter, on letterhead, from the superintendent verifying the position in which the applicant will serve, including grade levels. This may be uploaded in your SAFE account during the application process.
  • A letter, on letterhead from the superintendent of the former district, verifying the academic years worked under the Alternative Principal License and assignment, and verifying that you are no longer employed as a principal or assistant principal in the district.  This may be uploaded in your SAFE account during the application process.

 

Requirements in Year One of the Alternative Principal License Pathway

  • Assignment of a mentor who holds a standard principal license or certificate and who has served in the capacity of principal;
  • Complete the interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium self-assessment;
  • Development of a personal learning plan approved by the mentor and superintendent;
  • Assistance in acquiring critical knowledge in the following areas: facilitating a vision, school culture and instructional program, managing the school organization, collaboration and community engagement, ethics and integrity and understanding publics.

Bachelor's degree holders

Documentation of enrollment in and satisfactory progress in a master's program in education administration at an accredited institution of higher education.

Master's degree holders

Documentation of satisfactory progress in meeting the requirement of 3 semester hours in school law, 3 semester hours in school supervision and teacher evaluation.

Non-Educators

The employing school district shall develop and implement a planned program for obtaining classroom teaching experience. Such a program must require the alternatively-licensed principal or assistant principal to work with a master teacher to obtain teaching experience. A total of 180 clock hours is required, with a minimum of 90 hours completed in year one and 90 hours in year two.

Requirements in Year Two of the Alternative Principal License Pathway

Non-Educators

  • Verification from the employing superintendent of 90 clock hours of classroom teaching experience completed during year two.

Bachelor's degree holders

  • Documentation of satisfactory progress in a master's program in education administration.

Master's degree holders

  • Documentation of continuing progress in meeting program requirements.

Requirements for Professional Principal License

(At the conclusion of the three year Alternative Principal License Pathway)

Bachelor's degree holders

  • 3 years of successful experience under the alternative principal license;
  • Completion of a master's degree in education administration from an accredited institution;
  • Participation in a structured mentoring program;
  • Successful completion of the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) Educational Leadership Exam (#015);
  • For non-educators, verification of successful completion of required classroom teaching experience.

Master's degree holders

  • 3 years of successful experience under the alternative principal license;
  • Completion of 6 semester hours in school law, school supervision, and teacher evaluation, plus an additional 6 semester hours or 90 clock hours of professional development based on pre-assessment data and personal learning goals;
  • Participation in a structured mentoring program;
  • Successful completion of the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) Educational Leadership Exam (#015);
  • For non-educators, verification of successful completion of required classroom teaching experience.

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: 10/23/2014 3:23:26 PM