Alternative Principal License

This three-year nontraditional licensure pathway allows candidates to work in an Ohio school as a principal or assistant principal while completing requirements for a professional principal license. 

Initial Application Requirements  

Please submit the following with your initial application for a one-year alternative principal license:

  • Official transcripts - Submit all official transcripts verifying your college coursework, degrees and GPA of 3.0. Please scan and upload your original, official transcript in PDF format only. We cannot accept grade reports, photos/photocopies of transcripts or unofficial transcripts.  Before uploading your transcripts, please see the following requirements:
    • Your transcripts must include the date your degree was awarded.
    • 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.
    • If you completed college coursework outside the United States, you must submit a course-by-course analysis from a Department approved international credential evaluation service. Please click here for the list of approved organizations.​
  • Position verification - Submit a letter, on letterhead, from your employing superintendent or human resources director verifying the principal or assistant principal position in which you will serve, including grade levels. ​
  • Work experience verification - Submit documentation of two or more years of successful teaching experience or five years of successful experience in administration, education or management. This employment verification needs to be provided in letter format by the employer.  

Renewal Application Requirements

You may renew your one-year alternative principal license two times to complete requirements for the professional principal license. Please submit the following with your online renewal application:

  • Renewal verification form - Submit the completed verification form for renewal of the alternative principal license with your online application.  

Advance Application Requirements

At the end of the three-year alternative principal pathway, please submit the following with your application to advance to the professional principal license.

  • Official Transcripts - See Initial Application Requirements for transcript submission instructions.
  • Verification form to advance - Submit the completed verification form to advance the alternative principal license with your online application. ​

Correcting the Employing District

Alternative principal license holders who transfer employment to a different Ohio school or district must submit the following with the online application to correct the alternative principal license:

  • Position verification - Submit a letter, on letterhead, from the new superintendent verifying the assistant principal or principal position in which you will serve, including grade levels. 
  • Work experience verification - Submit a letter, on letterhead from the superintendent or human resources director of the former district, verifying the academic years you worked under the alternative principal license and your assignment (including grade levels). The letter must also clarify that you are no longer employed as a principal or assistant principal in the school or district.  

Please note that the new hiring district must electronically sign the online application. 

Requirements in Year One of the Alternative Principal License Pathway

The employing Ohio school district shall provide the alternative principal license holder a mentoring program that includes the following:

  • Assignment of a mentor who holds a standard principal license or certificate and who has served in the capacity of principal;
  • Completion of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Self-Assessment;
  • Development of a personal learning plan approved by the mentor and superintendent;
  • Assistance in acquiring critical knowledge in the following areas: facilitating a vision, school culture and instructional program, managing the school organization, collaboration and community engagement, ethics and integrity and understanding publics.

Bachelor's degree holders

Documentation of enrollment in and satisfactory progress in a master's degree program in education administration at an accredited institution of higher education.

Master's degree holders

Documentation of satisfactory progress in meeting the requirement of three semester hours in school law and three semester hours in school supervision and teacher evaluation.

Non-Educators

The employing school district shall develop and implement a planned program for obtaining classroom teaching experience. Such a program must require the alternatively-licensed principal or assistant principal to work with an experienced teacher to obtain teaching experience. A total of 180 clock hours is required, with a minimum of 90 hours completed in year one and 90 hours in year two.

Requirements in Year Two of the Alternative Principal License Pathway

Non-Educators

  • Verification from the employing superintendent of 90 clock hours of classroom teaching experience completed during year two.

Bachelor's degree holders

  • Documentation of satisfactory progress in a master's degree program in education administration.

Master's degree holders

  • Documentation of continuing progress in meeting program requirements.

Requirements for Professional Principal License

(At the conclusion of the three year Alternative Principal License Pathway)

Bachelor's degree holders

  • Three years of successful experience under the alternative principal license;
  • Completion of a master's degree in education administration from an accredited institution;
  • Participation in a structured mentoring program;
  • Successful completion of the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) Educational Leadership Exam (#015);
  • For non-educators, verification of successful completion of required classroom teaching experience.

Master's degree holders

  • Three years of successful experience under the alternative principal license;
  • Completion of six semester hours in school law, school supervision and teacher evaluation, plus an additional six semester hours or 90 clock hours of professional development based on pre-assessment data and personal learning goals;
  • Participation in a structured mentoring program;
  • Successful completion of the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) Educational Leadership Exam (#015);
  • For non-educators, verification of successful completion of required classroom teaching experience.

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: 9/11/2019 4:11:59 PM