How to Transition or Advance a Two-Year Provisional License

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Ohio’s four-year Resident Educator license for beginning educators replaced the two-year provisional license in 2011. If you will be a participant in the Ohio Resident Educator Program (Ohio's beginning teacher induction program), you will need to obtain a four-year Resident Educator license. If you hold a two-year provisional license issued prior to 2017, please complete an online application for one of the following:

  • Transition to the four-year Resident Educator license, or
  • Advance to the five-year professional license, and show verification of your eligibility (please see requirements below).

Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I TRANSITION my two-year provisional license to a four-year Resident Educator license?

    Educators who held a two-year provisional license (issued prior to 2017) will complete the online application to transition from the two-year provisional license to the four-year Resident Educator license. There are no coursework or exam requirements to transition to the Resident Educator license. Educators must complete the Ohio Resident Educator Program (Ohio's beginning teacher induction program)  and pass RESA to advance to the professional educator license.

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    How do I ADVANCE my two-year provisional license to a five-year professional license?

    Teachers who completed three years of teaching outside the state of Ohio under a standard out-of-state teaching license

    Please submit the following documents with your online application to advance from the two-year provisional license to the five-year professional license:

    • Teaching license Submit a copy of your out-of-state teaching license(s) verifying standard licensure each school year you taught; and
    • Verification of work experience  Provide verification of your teaching experience under your currently valid, out-of-state teaching license. Click here to access the work experience verification document. Provide the document to your out-of-state school or district human resources director or superintendent to complete and submit directly to the Department. Your school may either email the completed form to educator.licensure@education.ohio.gov or mail it (originals only) to:
      Ohio Department of Education
      Office of Educator Licensure
      25 S. Front Street
      Mail Stop 504
      Columbus, OH 43215

    Counselors and principals advancing to the five-year professional license from a two-year provisional license

    School counselors and principals have the option to advance and align this license to an existing five-year license; or, the license may be issued as a separate five-year license with an effective date that is reflective of the current year. If aligned, the license will take on the validity period of the existing license.

    The following is required:

    • An online application to advance from the two-year provisional license to the five-year professional license.

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    What if I have READING LIMITATIONS on my license?

    Educators requesting Early Childhood, Middle Childhood or Intervention Specialist licensure must successfully complete at least 12 semester hours of coursework in the teaching of reading. This includes at least one separate course of at least three semester hours in the teaching of phonics in the context of reading, writing and spelling. Educators must complete coursework requirements through an accredited college or university. Coursework may be graduate or undergraduate level and must be reflected on an official transcript from the college/university. Educators who completed out of state licensure programs must complete at least six of the required 12 semester hours of coursework in the teaching of reading to be issued a standard teaching license in Ohio. The remaining coursework requirement(s) will be listed as a limitation on the license. All coursework requirements must be met before advancing to a professional educator license.

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    How do I complete my online APPLICATION?
    • Access your OH|ID account.
    • Click Educator Licensure and Records (CORE).
    • Complete the online application from your CORE Dashboard.
    • See the CORE User Manual for complete instructions.

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Last Modified: 2/18/2020 3:53:04 PM