How to Transition a Certificate to a License

As of Sept. 2, 2002, all expired or expiring four-year provisional or eight-year professional certificates must be transitioned to a five-year professional license at the time of renewal.

Coursework Requirements For Transition

  • No pre-approval of coursework: Applicants do not need to seek pre-approval of coursework from the Ohio Department of Education. The Department DOES NOT pre-approve coursework. Applicants should select coursework related to classroom teaching and/or area of licensure.
  • Accreditation: Coursework must be completed at an accredited college or university. Click here to find accredited institutions approved to offer Educator Preparation programs in the state of Ohio.
  • Dates of coursework: Applicants who wish to renew their licenses must have completed coursework after the issue date of the license they wish to renew.
  • Course requirements for certificates that have lapsed for up to five years: Complete nine semester hours of coursework related to classroom teaching or area of licensure from an accredited two-year or four-year institution of higher education.
  • Course requirements for certificates that have lapsed more than five years: Complete twelve semester hours of coursework related to classroom teaching or area of licensure from an accredited two-year or four-year institution of higher education.

Note: If, during the lapsed period of the certificate, the certificate holder is continuously employed under another valid, standard Ohio certificate or license, or as an educator in another state under a currently valid certificate or license,  then the renewal requirements for "Currently Expiring Licenses" apply.

Pupil Services Certificate Transitions

Transition of the following certificates to a five-year professional license may be obtained by an individual who evidences a currently valid license issued by the respective Ohio licensure board.

  • School audiologist
  • School nurse
  • School social worker
  • Occupational therapist
  • School speech-language pathologist
  • Physical therapist

Application Instructions

  • 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: 1/15/2021 8:04:25 AM