Credit for Teaching Experience Toward Residency
Under certain circumstances, individuals with out-of-state teaching experience or Ohio teaching experience may be given consideration for credit toward the four-year requirement of the Resident Educator Program. Resident Educators can earn 1 to 2 years of credit for qualified prior teaching experience.
Who is Eligible to Receive Credit
Teachers who are eligible to participate in the Resident Educator Program and who meet one or more of the criteria below may be granted credit by their employer for one or two years of prior teaching experience toward completion of the Resident Educator Program.
- Out-of-state licensed teachers;
- Ohio teachers who met eligibility criteria (assignment and license type) for the Resident Educator Program but who did not complete the program, regardless of the reason; and/or
- Ohio teachers who taught under
- An alternative educator license
- An Ohio one-year-out-of-state educator license
- A supplemental teaching license, or
- A two-year provisional license.
Teachers who come to Ohio with three or more years of teaching experience out of state should work with the Office of Educator Licensure to determine if they are eligible to apply for the five-year professional educator license. Please go here to learn more.
Types of Experience Eligible/Ineligible for Credit
Experience Eligible for Credit
Experience Ineligible for Credit
- Teaching experience that occurred no earlier than the 2015-2016 school year during which the teacher wasn’t registered for the program, but either met eligibility requirements or taught out of state in the area of licensure
- Teaching experience that occurred under an eligible license (an Ohio one-year out-of-state educator license, a supplemental teaching license, or a two-year provisional license) in a long-term (a minimum of 120 days) substitute assignment
- Teaching experience completed under substitute teaching licenses
- Teaching experience completed under permanent non-tax licenses
- Teaching experience for partial years (less than 120 days as defined by Ohio Revised Code 3319.09)
- Teaching experience during summer school
Modified Program Requirements for Teachers with Teaching Credit
Regardless of prior credit issued, all Resident Educators begin in Year 1 of the program and participate in mentoring activities. Credit for prior teaching experience is applied to the final years of the program. The following chart may be used to determine the modified program requirements for teachers with prior teaching credit.
PLEASE NOTE: Resident Educators with one or two years of teaching credit are eligible to begin the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA) in Year 2 of the program.
Verified Prior Teaching Experience Earned
|1 year of prior teaching credit
- Complete Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 of the RE Program
- Take the assessment (RESA) in either Year 2 or Year 3
|2 years of prior teaching credit
- Complete Year 1 and Year 2 of the RE Program
- Take the assessment (RESA) in Year 2 or Year 3
Documentation of Teaching Credit
The employing district:
- Must verify an eligible teaching license was held during the teaching experience;
- Must verify teaching experience occurred within the area of licensure;
- Must be able to produce documentation of the teaching experience to ODE upon request, e.g. letters from prior employers, copies of teaching contracts;
- May deny credit toward residency for prior teaching experience to teachers who are not able to produce acceptable documentation as defined by the district, and;
- Must collaborate with the Resident Educator Program Coordinator to enter the granted credit for prior teaching experience in the CORE registration system. See CORE handbook here.
Credit for Alternative Resident Educators
While credit may be given to teachers who hold an Alternative Resident Educator license, it is important to know for the purpose of licensure advancement, teachers with this license must still be registered in the RE Program and teach for four years within the area of licensure. See Finishing Residency for more details regarding Alternative Resident Educator advancement of license.
Questions Regarding Credit in the Resident Educator Program
Please contact the Office of Educator Effectiveness at:
Last Modified: 4/15/2019 2:03:17 PM