Pupil Services Licenses

Pupil services personnel are among those who need educator licenses. Please see below for requirements for each licensure area.

Pupil Services License - 5 Year

Occupational and Physical Therapists and Assistants

Renewal Requirements for a Pupil Services License - 5 Year

Temporary Pupil Services License - 1 Year

Renewal Requirements for a Temporary Pupil Services License

Interpreter for the Hearing Impaired


Pupil Services License - 5 Year

Candidates must hold both the respective Ohio board and Department of Education licenses for some pupil services licensure areas. Please see the Department’s statement regarding dual licensure for more information.

Candidates who completed an approved school licensure program and school licensure exam (required for specified areas) for the following fields may request a five-year pupil services license to work in Ohio schools:

  • Orientation and mobility specialist
  • School audiologist
  • School counselor
  • School nurse
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker
  • School speech-language pathologist

Candidates who completed a school licensure program through a college/university outside of Ohio should see the out-of-state webpage for additional information.

Please note that all candidates must submit their official transcripts from an accredited college/university with their initial license applications.

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Occupational and Physical Therapists and Assistants

Candidates must hold a valid license issued by the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainers Board in the respective areas listed below.

  • Occupational or physical therapists – please apply for a five-year pupil services license.
  • Occupational or physical therapy assistants – please apply for a five-year associate license. The application for the associate license is under the Teachers heading in the CORE licensure system.

Please note that all candidates must submit their official transcripts from an accredited college/university with their initial license applications.

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Renewal Requirements for a Pupil Services License - 5 Year

Candidates must hold a valid license issued by the respective Ohio board to renew a pupil services license in the following areas:

  • Occupational therapist / occupational therapy assistant
  • Physical therapist / physical therapy assistant
  • School audiologist
  • School nurse
  • School social worker
  • School speech-language pathologist

Candidates who hold an orientation and mobility specialist license may renew with renewal coursework or professional development (as approved by their local professional development committees).

Candidates who hold a school psychologist or school counselor license may renew with renewal coursework or professional development (as approved by their local professional development committees) OR a valid license issued by the respective Ohio board.

Please see the renewal webpage for more information regarding renewal coursework and professional development requirements.

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Temporary Pupil Services License - 1 Year

Candidates who have not completed an approved school licensure program and exam for the following fields may work under a temporary license while completing program requirements. The temporary pupil service license will only be issued at the request of an employing Ohio school or district. Please see below for requirements specific to each license.

Please note that all candidates must submit their official transcripts from an accredited college/university verifying a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with their initial license applications.

TEMPORARY SCHOOL AUDIOLOGIST LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

  • A valid Ohio board license to practice audiology

TEMPORARY SCHOOL COUNSELOR LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

  • A valid Ohio board license to practice as a counselor AND enrollment in an approved school counselor licensure program (a letter from the college/university is required to verify enrollment) OR
  •  A valid, standard Ohio teaching certificate or professional teaching license AND enrollment in an approved school counselor licensure program
    • A letter from the college/university is required to verify enrollment and that the candidate demonstrates an understanding of each of the following: professional identity, social and cultural diversity, human growth & development, career development, helping relationships, group work, assessment, research & program evaluation

TEMPORARY SCHOOL NURSE LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

  • A valid Ohio board license to practice as a registered nurse

TEMPORARY SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

  • Enrollment in an in an approved school psychologist licensure program
    • A letter from the college/university is required to verify enrollment in the program and program internship
  • Nonrenewable license – this license is to be used for completion of internship (required for school psychologist licensure program) only

TEMPORARY SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

  • A valid Ohio board license to practice social work

TEMPORARY SCHOOL SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

  • A valid Ohio board license to practice as a speech-language pathologist
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Renewal Requirements for a Temporary Pupil Services License

Candidates may renew a temporary license at the request of an employing Ohio school or district with the following:

  • A valid license issued by the respective Ohio board (for pupil service areas that require one) AND
  • Renewal coursework:
    • Six (6) semester hours in a school licensure program in the requested licensure area
    • Reflected on an official transcript from an accredited college/university AND
    • Completed after the issue date of the license being renewed

Please see the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Program Finder for a list of Ohio colleges/universities that offer approved pupil services licensure programs.

PLEASE NOTE that candidates renewing a temporary school counselor license who do not hold a valid Ohio board license to practice counseling must hold a valid, standard Ohio teaching certificate or professional teaching license (in addition to completing renewal coursework requirements).

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Interpreter for the Hearing Impaired

Candidates who completed an approved school licensure program for this field may apply for the five-year associate license. The application for the associate license is under the Teachers heading in the CORE licensure system.

Candidates who completed a school licensure program through a college/university outside of Ohio should see the out-of-state webpage for additional information.

TEMPORARY INTERPRETER FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED

Candidates who have not completed an approved school licensure program for this field may work under a temporary license at the request of an employing Ohio school or district while completing program requirements. Requirements for this temporary license include:

  • Official transcripts from all accredited colleges/universities attended AND
  • Enrollment in an approved interpreter for the hearing-impaired school licensure program
    • A letter from the college/university is required to verify enrollment

RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS

Candidates may renew a temporary interpreter for the hearing impaired license at the request of an employing Ohio school or district with the following:

  • Renewal coursework:
    • Six (6) semester hours in an approved school licensure program in the requested licensure area
    • Reflected on an official transcript from an accredited college/university AND
      • Completed after the issue date of the license being renewed

Please see the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Program Finder for a list of Ohio colleges/universities that offer approved licensure programs.

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Application Instructions

  • Access your SAFE account
  • Click ODE.CORE
  • Complete the online application from your Dashboard
  • See the CORE User Manual for complete instructions

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Last Modified: 9/14/2018 1:36:44 PM