Instructional Assistant Permit – Autism Scholarship

LICENSURE RENEWAL UPDATE. As a result of the ongoing coronavirus health crisis and in accordance with the passage of House Bill 404 of the 133rd General Assembly, all licenses and permits previously set to expire on July 1, 2020, have been extended, including instructional assistant permits. These licenses and permits will remain valid until July 1, 2021, to allow additional time for educators who need to complete requirements for renewal. All educators whose instructional assistant permits were previously set to expire July 1, 2020, must still renew for the 2020-21 school year (effective date July 1, 2020) in accordance with their license renewal cycle. Accordingly, educators who hold renewable one-year instructional assistant permits and wish to renew for the next (2021-22) school year must first renew for the 2020-21 school year.

The Ohio Department of Education issues one-year instructional assistant permits to individuals who meet qualifications and have been hired by a registered private provider under the Autism Scholarship Program. 

Preliminary Requirements

Who may apply for this permit? This permit is for individuals who provide services to children under the Autism Scholarship Program only. These services include the supervision of children and assistance with instructional tasks. Please see section 3301-25-10 of the Ohio Administrative Code for more information about requirements for this permit.

Complete the following before applying for this permit (new or renewal) through the Department’s online system:

  • Obtain employment as an instructional assistant with the registered private provider; AND
  • Notify the registered provider you will be selecting it to electronically sign your application. 

Do you have current background checks on file? You must have current background checks for licensure. Please see our Background Check FAQs for more information.  

Have you met coursework requirements? You must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Hold an associate degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education; OR
  • Have completed at least two years of study (defined as 48 semester hours or 72 quarter hours) at an accredited institution of higher education.
Please be prepared to scan and upload your original, official transcript in PDF format to your OH|ID account. Please note that we cannot accept grade reports, photos/photocopies of transcripts or unofficial transcripts. Before uploading your transcripts, please see the following requirements. You may also click here for a video tutorial on scanning and uploading transcripts:
  • The date your degree was awarded must be visible.
  • Include all pages of the transcript (front and back).
  • The registrar's signature and transcript key/guide must be visible.
  • Create one PDF file per transcript (do not upload pages separately).
  • Upload transcripts from multiple universities separately (i.e. each transcript should be one PDF file).
  • Electronic transcripts may only be sent directly from the issuing college/university to
  • Please do not submit transcripts that will expire or are password protected or locked.
  • If you would prefer to mail your original, official transcripts, please use the following address: 

    Ohio Department of Education
    Office of Educator Licensure
    25 S. Front Street
    Mail Stop 504
    Columbus, OH 43215

  • International Credentials: You must provide a course-by-course analysis from a Department approved international credential evaluation service for college coursework completed outside the United States. Please see our list of approved organizations
  • Please view our transcript video tutorial and tips & tricks here

Renewal Requirements

You may renew your one-year instructional assistant permit provided you have met employment requirements and completed the following:

  • Successfully performed instructional tasks; AND
  • Completed in-service training.

Please note, the registered private provider verifies all renewal requirements.

Application Instructions

  1. Access your OH|ID account.
  2. Click Educator Licensure and Records (CORE).
  3. Complete the online application from your CORE Dashboard. This application is housed under the  Nonpublic School Teachers and Administrators category in the online application.
  4. See the CORE User Manual for complete instructions.

Last Modified: 3/8/2021 2:01:16 PM