Early Childhood Supplemental Teaching License

The supplemental teaching license allows educators holding a currently valid Ohio standard teaching certificate or license to teach in a supplemental area, at the request of an employing Ohio school district, while they are in the process of obtaining standard licensure for that area.

Note: Once an individual has been issued a supplemental teaching license for a particular licensure area or teaching field, it will be necessary to complete the supplemental licensure program or the equivalent and be issued a standard teaching license in that area, prior to requesting a supplemental teaching license in another area.

Review the complete list of supplemental license types and teaching field codes available here.

Initial Requirements

  • A currently valid standard Ohio teaching certificate or license;
  • 12 semester hours of professional education coursework in the area of early childhood education.

The employing school district shall assign a teacher with teaching experience and licensure in the area in which the supplemental teaching license is requested to serve as a mentor to the supplemental teaching license holder.

Requirements for First Renewal

  • A currently valid standard Ohio teaching certificate or license;
  • 6 semester hours of coursework in a program leading to an Early Childhood teaching license (completed after the issue date of the initial supplemental license);
  • Successful completion of the content assessment for the licensure area.

Requirements for Second Renewal

  • A currently valid standard Ohio teaching certificate or license;
  • 6 semester hours of coursework in a program leading to an Early Childhood teaching license (completed after the issue date of the licensed to be renewed).

Eligibility for a Standard License

Option A

  • Completion of an approved program of preparation and submission of an application through the college/university where the program was completed.

Option B

Ohio Department of Education Equivalent ​Review

  • Completion of a 24-semester-hour major in the area of early childhood education with sufficient distribution of coursework to cover all areas to be taught;
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 semester hours in the teaching of reading (9 semester hours in the teaching of reading and 3 semester hours in the teaching of phonics);
  • Verification from the employing school or school district that the supplemental teaching license holder has taught successfully in the licensure area for a minimum of two years. Please submit a letter, on district letterhead, signed by the superintendent of schools or the human resource director verifying dates of full-time employment, assignments and grade levels for each year of employment under the supplemental license.

How Do I Complete My Online Application?

  • Access your SAFE account.
  • Click on ODE.CORE
  • From your Dashboard, select the appropriate action (Renew/My Credentials or Apply/New Application).
  • Complete the three steps of the application, and submit payment.

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Last Modified: 12/29/2015 2:41:48 PM