Early Childhood Supplemental Teaching License

The supplemental teaching license allows educators holding a currently valid Ohio standard teaching certificate or license to teach in a supplemental area, at the request of an employing Ohio school district, while they are in the process of obtaining standard licensure for that area.

Note: Once an individual has been issued a supplemental teaching license for a particular licensure area or teaching field, it will be necessary to complete the supplemental licensure program or the equivalent and be issued a standard teaching license in that area, prior to requesting a supplemental teaching license in another area.

Review the complete list of supplemental license types and teaching field codes available here.

Initial Requirements

  • A currently valid standard Ohio teaching certificate or license; and
  • 12 semester hours of professional education coursework in the area of early childhood education.

The employing school district shall assign a teacher with teaching experience and licensure in the area in which the supplemental teaching license is requested to serve as a mentor to the supplemental teaching license holder.

Requirements for First Renewal

  • A currently valid standard Ohio teaching certificate or license;
  • 6 semester hours of coursework in a program leading to an Early Childhood teaching license (completed after the issue date of the initial supplemental license); and
  • Successful completion of the content assessment for the licensure area.

Requirements for Second Renewal

  • A currently valid standard Ohio teaching certificate or license; and
  • 6 semester hours of coursework in a program leading to an Early Childhood teaching license (completed after the issue date of the licensed to be renewed).

Eligibility for a Standard License

Option A

  • Completion of an approved program of preparation and submission of an application through the college/university where the program was completed.

Option B

Ohio Department of Education Equivalent ​Review

  • Completion of a 24-semester-hour major in the area of early childhood education with sufficient distribution of coursework to cover all areas to be taught;
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 semester hours in the teaching of reading (9 semester hours in the teaching of reading and 3 semester hours in the teaching of phonics);
  • Successful completion of the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) 090, Foundations of Reading exam. This requirement applies to any applicant who is issued an early childhood license on or after July 1, 2017. Please click here for more information; and
  • Verification from the employing school or school district that the supplemental teaching license holder has taught successfully in the licensure area for a minimum of two years. Please submit a letter, on district letterhead, signed by the superintendent of schools or the human resource director verifying dates of full-time employment, assignments and grade levels for each year of employment under the supplemental license.

How Do I Complete My Online Application?

  • Access your SAFE account.
  • Click on ODE.CORE
  • From your Dashboard, select the appropriate action (Renew/My Credentials or Apply/New Application).
  • Complete the three steps of the application, and submit payment.

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Last Modified: 3/20/2017 4:09:22 PM