4-Year Resident Educator Licenses

The Department issues Resident Educator licenses to beginning teachers who have completed an approved teacher preparation program through an accredited college/university (in accordance with rule 3301-24-18 of the Ohio Administrative Code) or the Ohio alternative pathway (in accordance with section 3319.26 of the Ohio Revised Code). Educators teaching under a Resident Educator license will complete Ohio’s Resident Educator Program to advance to the professional teaching license.

Still exploring a teaching career in Ohio? Please see the Department’s Human Capital Resource Center website for information to get started on your pathway.


If you completed an approved educator preparation program leading to Ohio licensure through an accredited college/university, please contact your academic advisor before completing the online application for the license. You must meet all current requirements for licensure before submitting your online application to receive the university’s electronic approval. You will indicate which university you completed your program through in your online licensure application. Once you submit your licensure application, it will go to the university for approval before coming to the Department for issuance.


If you have not completed a traditional teacher preparation program through an accredited college/university and you have a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.5 or higher OR a master’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, you may be eligible for Ohio’s alternative pathway to becoming a teacher. Please see the Alternative Resident Educator Licenses webpage for information and requirements.


If you completed a traditional teacher preparation program through a college outside of Ohio, please see our Out-of-State Licensure webpage for information and application instructions.


If you need to transition your previously issued Ohio 2-Year Provisional license in order to complete the Ohio Resident Educator Program, please see the How to Transition or Advance a Two-Year Provisional License webpage for information.


Background checks are required for all new licensure applicants. Please see our Background Check FAQs webpage for information.


If you have not already done so, you will need to set up your OHID account before submitting your online application for licensure. Please see the OHID Portal Help webpage for information.

Last Modified: 2/20/2020 2:08:13 PM