Intensive Pedagogical Training Institute FAQs

General Questions

Getting Started

Field Experience


General Questions

    Who are alternatively prepared educators?

    Candidates for the alternative resident educator license may come from a variety of professional backgrounds, such as computer science, business administration and management, military training, engineering, physical and life sciences, English, visual art, music, dance, and drama/theater. Individuals from many different backgrounds and career fields may decide to seek alternative licensure in order to share their content knowledge and life experience to benefit students.

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    Why do we need alternatively prepared educators?

    Ohio students can benefit from the rich knowledge base and successful career and life experiences of content experts in a variety of teaching fields. As Ohio focuses on assuring a high-quality teacher in every classroom, it is important that a wide range of professionals are invited to bring their talents and expertise into our schools.

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    What kind of teacher can I become?

    Alternative licenses are available in the following areas:

    • Designated subjects grades K-12
    • World languages grades P-12
    • Intervention specialist grades K-12
    • Career-Technical Workforce Development 

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Getting Started

    What are the steps for designated subjects (K-12), intervention specialist (K-12), and world languages (P-12)?
    • Step 1: Complete an evaluation request application and mail it with official transcripts to determine if coursework requirements have been met. (Details are on the application.)
       
    • Step 2: Pass the content area examination for the licensure area you are seeking. Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) for intervention specialist or grades K-12 designated subjects is required. For world languages, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) are required. The scores must be electronically reported to Ohio Department of Education
       
    • Step 3:  Complete required FBI and BCI background checks and have electronic results sent to the Ohio Department of Education.
       
    • Step 4:  Register for the IPTI after completion of any necessary coursework, testing and background checks

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    What are the steps for career-technical workforce development?

    Those wishing to teach in a career-technical workforce development area should contact an Ohio school district or career center that has a workforce development program in an area in which they are interested in teaching.

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    What is the cost of the Intensive Pedagogical Training Institute?

    The fee for the IPTI is $200.00. Applicants may submit a personal check or money order with the IPTI registration form, or register online through their SAFE account.

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    How long does it take to complete the Intensive Pedagogical Training Institute?

    The Intensive Pedagogical Training modules are self paced. Participants must complete all three modules and 25 hours of field experience within six months of acceptance into the Intensive Pedagogical Training Institute. This time frame may not be extended. Please ensure that you have adequate time to commit to prior to enrollment.

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    Are background checks required for acceptance into the IPTI?

    Yes. Both a BCI and FBI background check less than 365 days old must be on file at the Ohio Department of Education prior to registering for the IPTI.

    The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) is unable to accept paper background check reports. All background check reports must be submitted to ODE via electronic submission directly from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. When you have your fingerprints taken at a WebCheck facility, please ask the person taking the prints to check the box under 'Reason Fingerprinted' to send the results to the Ohio Department of Education.

    Learn more about background checks.

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    I have not requested a transcript evaluation for alternative licensure. Can I register for the IPTI without an evaluation?

    No. The first step in obtaining admission to the IPTI is submitting the Alternative Evaluation Request Application. The fee for the evaluation is $25.00.

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    Is the (OAE) Ohio Assessments for Educators (Intervention Specialist or grades K-12 designated subjects) or, for world languages, the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) required for admission to the IPTI?

    Yes. The required licensure exam(s) in the subject area to be taught must be successfully completed and scores electronically submitted to the Ohio Department of Education prior to registering for the IPTI.

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    I previously received a transcript evaluation from ODE for alternative licensure. Am I required to complete the IPTI if my evaluation reflects that I need either the teaching methods or the adolescent development course?

    No. Applicants who have previously received a transcript evaluation indicating a requirement of 6 semester hours in teaching methods and adolescent development may complete the requirements either through the IPTI or university coursework. The IPTI modules encompass such topics as student development and learning, pupil assessment procedures, curriculum development, classroom management, and teaching methodology that will meet the teaching methods and/or the adolescent development requirement.

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    I have received a statement of eligibility from ODE for alternative licensure – am I still required to complete the IPTI?

    No. You may use the statement of eligibility to secure a position and apply for the 4-Year Alternative Resident Educator license.

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Field Experience

    Who is responsible for scheduling field experiences?

    Each IPTI participant is responsible for securing a site for 25 hours of field experience. The site must be pre-approved by the IPTI Instructor.

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    Am I required to complete my field experience in a public school?

    No. Field experience sites could potentially include any of the following:

    Public Schools, Private Schools, Before & After School Programs, Summer School, Student Intervention Programs, Camps, Preschool (limited to World Languages and Intervention Specialist). Once you have registered for the IPTI, please contact the IPTI Instructor for approval of a site where IPTI participants could demonstrate observation, active participation and leading instruction.

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    Can I use substitute teaching experience to meet the field experience requirement?

    Substitute teaching experience may be an option to meet the field experience requirement. You may contact ODE after you have registered for the IPTI for further instructions.

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Last Modified: 12/1/2014 2:41:52 PM