Teacher License Overview

Those who are applying for one of the teaching licenses below for the first time will use a new credential application. After reviewing the license descriptions and requirements on this website, when you are ready to apply, click here.

Teachers who are adding a new license

A teacher with an existing teaching license (ex. in pre-kindergarten through grade 3) who is qualified to apply another license (ex., middle childhood) also should use the new credential application to request approval for the additional license.

New applications

Resident Educator License – 4 Year – Use this application if you are applying for an initial teaching license. A new teaching license would be issued as a resident educator license if the applicant: 1) is a new graduate, OR 2) holds a provisional license, or 3) holds another Ohio resident educator teaching license in another area and is requesting licensure in a second area (for example, a different grade band). If you completed your educator preparation program out of state, you will need to submit related documentation in the online application. 

Professional Teaching License – 5 Year –  Use the application with this name if you want to teach in a new area and you already hold an Ohio professional teaching license or a professional or permanent teaching certificate in another area. If you completed your educator preparation program out of state, you will need to submit related documentation with the online application. 

Associate License – 5 Year – For those who will teach prekindergarten; or serve as interpreters for the hearing impaired, educational paraprofessionals, occupational therapy assistants or physical therapy assistants. If you completed your academic preparation program out of state, you will need to submit related documentation in the online application. Please note that within the CORE licensure system system, you will find a link the associate license application within the Teacher menu options.

Substitute Teaching License – 1 and 5 Year – Follow the steps outlined here before submitting an online application. Please DO NOT apply for this license (new or renewal) until you have: a) completed the employment process at the Ohio school or district where you are interested in serving as a substitute teacher; and b) notified the school or district that you will be selecting them to electronically sign your license application.

Supplemental Teaching License – 1 Year – Those who hold currently valid standard Ohio teaching licenses or certificates may apply to teach in a supplemental area with this license request. The superintendent or his or her designee of the employing Ohio school district is the authorized electronic signer for this application.

Visiting International Teacher – 3 Year – An Ohio school district may use this application to request a teaching license for a visiting teacher who is a citizen of another country. The candidate must be entering the United States specifically for the purpose of teaching in an Ohio school or school district that has agreed to employ the person as a teacher via an exchange program or other collaboration or recruitment effort.  View and print the Ohio Department of Education's policy regarding international visiting teachers here.

40 Hour STEM School Teaching Permit – 1 Year – This application is to be used when applying for an initial 40 hour STEM school teaching permit. It requires the electronic signature of the superintendent or superintendent designee of the employing Ohio school district.

12 Hour Teaching Permit – 1 Year – This application is to be used when applying for an initial 12-hour teaching permit. It requires the electronic signature of the superintendent or superintendent designee of the employing Ohio school district.

Out-of-State-License – 1 Year – When an Ohio school district wishes to employ a candidate as a teacher who is licensed in another state but who has not yet completed the required examinations for Ohio licensure, the candidate may request this license.

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Last Modified: 7/7/2016 4:41:15 PM