Out-of-State Licensure

If you completed an out-of-state licensure program, please see below for important information and steps for the online application process. 
 

Teachers

Principals

Administrative Specialists

Superintendents

Pupil Services

 

Teachers

To become a licensed teacher in Ohio, you must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and have completed an approved teacher preparation program through an accredited college/university.

types of licenses

Four-Year Resident Educator – If you completed an approved teacher preparation program  through an accredited college/university and have less than three years of teaching experience under a standard or professional out-of-state teaching license, please apply for a resident educator license. Click here for a list of available licenses.

Five-Year Professional – If you have taught under a standard or professional out-of-state teaching license for three years or more, please apply for a professional license. Click here for a list of available licenses.

One-Year Out-of-State – If you are employed in an Ohio school, you may apply for a one-year out-of-state teaching license to allow time to complete the required Ohio licensure exam(s).  To be eligible for this license, you must hold a valid, standard out-of-state teaching license and have met all requirements for a standard Ohio teaching license except  for the Ohio licensure exams. You may only apply for the one-year out-of-state license at the request of your employing Ohio school.

Alternative Resident Educator – If you do not qualify for the above licensure types, please review the Ohio alternative licensure pathway option.

licensure exams

Ohio requires passing scores for both content area exam(s) and a professional knowledge/pedagogy exam for licensure. If you have not passed both a content area and professional knowledge/pedagogy exam for licensure in your state, please see our exam webpage for more information.

Please note that if you are adding an area to an existing license or seeking a new license, and you completed your teacher preparation program after July 1, 1991, you must meet current exam requirements for the Ohio license.

reading coursework requirements

If you are seeking an Early Childhood, Middle Childhood or Intervention Specialist license in Ohio, you must successfully complete teaching of reading coursework through an accredited college or university (coursework must be reflected on an official transcript from that institution). This coursework includes:

  • Nine semester hours in the teaching of reading, and
  • A three-semester hour course in the teaching of phonics (in the context of reading, writing and spelling)

You must have completed at least six of the required 12 semester hours of reading/phonics coursework to be issued a standard teaching license in Ohio. The remaining coursework requirement will be listed as a limitation on your license. You must complete all remaining coursework requirements before you may advance or renew your license.

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Administrators

To receive an administrator license in Ohio, you must have a master’s degree and have completed an approved licensure program through an accredited college/university.

types of licenses

Principal – If you have a master’s degree and have completed an approved principal preparation program through an accredited college/university, you may apply for the professional principal license.

  • Work experience: You must have at least two years of successful teaching experience under a standard or professional teaching license (or work experience under a professional pupil services license) in the grade level(s) you request for your principal license. You may choose from the following grade levels for a principal license based upon work experience:
    • Grades PreK-6
    • Grades 4-9
    • Grades 5-12
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Administrative Specialist – If you have a master’s degree and have completed an approved licensure program for the specified area, you may apply for the professional administrative specialist license.
  • Work experience: You must have at least two years of successful teaching experience under a professional teaching license (except for the Pupil Services Administration license, which requires two years of experience under a professional pupil services license). You may choose from the following specialty areas for a professional administrative specialist license:
    • Educational Research
    • Educational Staff Personnel Administration
    • Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development
    • Pupil Services Administration
    • School-Community Relations
    • Career-Technical Education Administration
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Superintendent – If you have a master’s degree, hold a principal or administrative specialist license and have completed an approved preparation program for superintendents through an accredited college/university, you may apply for the professional superintendent license.

  • Work experience: You must have at least three years of successful work experience under a professional principal or administrative specialist license.

licensure exams

Ohio requires the successful completion of an educational leadership exam for all administrator licenses. If you have not completed an educational leadership exam for licensure in your state, please see our exam webpage for more information. 

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Pupil Services

Pupil services personnel are among those who need school licenses in Ohio. Experience verification is not required for a pupil services license. However, you must hold the corresponding Ohio Board license for the following pupil services areas:  school audiologist, school speech-language pathologist, school social worker, school nurse, occupational therapist/assistant, and physical therapist/assistant. Additionally, some pupil service licensure areas require completion of an approved school licensure program and school licensure exam. Please see our pupil services licensure webpage for more information.

Documents to Submit with Your Application

Please upload the following documents with your online application:

  • Out-of-state teaching license – Please provide a copy (front and back) of the out-of-state license(s) you held during your teaching and/or administrator assignments. The years on your license(s) must coincide with your work experience; OR
  • Letter of eligibility – If you do not hold a school license in the state in which you completed a licensure program, please submit a letter, on university letterhead, signed by the dean or head of teacher education, stating the license type you are eligible for in that state (including subject areas and grade levels for teachers). For Intervention Specialist (special education) licenses, the letter must also state the disability areas included in the scope of the license;
  • Verification of completed out of state licensure exams – Please submit your official score report verifying the licensure exams you have passed. Score reports must verify pass/fail status. If you are unable to provide the official exam score report, please provide a letter verifying the exams you passed from either the Department of Education in the state in which you held a license or from the college/university at which you completed your licensure program. The letter must be on the institution’s letterhead; include the exam titles, dates and pass/fail status; and be signed and dated by an official representing the institution;
  • Verification of experience Please provide verification of the necessary experience for the Ohio license(s) you are requesting by submitting an original letter, on district letterhead, signed and dated by the superintendent of schools or the human resource director verifying your dates of full-time employment, assignments (including subject areas for teachers) and grade levels during each year of employment;
  • Official transcripts – Please scan your original, official transcript and save it in PDF format before uploading it to your SAFE account. We cannot accept grade reports, photos/photocopies of transcripts or unofficial transcripts. Please see the following requirements before uploading your 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 educator.licensure@education.ohio.gov.
    • Please do not submit transcripts that will expire or are password protected or locked.
  • 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

Background Checks

You must submit BCI and FBI background checks for initial licensure. Please see our Background Check FAQs for information. 

If you live outside of Ohio, please email the Office of Educator Licensure at the Ohio Department of Education to request fingerprint cards.

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: 12/6/2018 10:57:42 AM