Resident Educator FAQs

General Questions

Mentor Questions

Principal Questions

Program Coordinator Questions

Licensure

Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA)


General Questions

    What are the requirements of the Resident Educator Program?

    The Ohio Resident Educator Program is a four-year induction system of support and mentoring for new teachers. Successful completion of the residency program is required to qualify for a five-year professional educator license. Click here for the Annual Resident Educator Program Requirements for each year of the program.


    Resident Educators work collaboratively with their Mentor to complete the local RE Program requirements for Years 1 and 2 by:

    • Using the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System forms for self-assessment and goal-setting.
    • Demonstrating use of authentic teacher work, such as lesson plans and student assessment data analysis.
    • Reflecting on teacher work that shows the continual implementation of the “Plan, Teach, Assess, Reflect, Revise” teaching-learning cycle.
    • Participating in Instructional mentoring and Focused Mentoring I and II.
    • Analyzing student work during the mentoring in program.
    Additionally, Resident Educators complete the following:
    • Successfully complete the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA) to become eligible to advance to professional licensure.
    • Engage in optional learning and professional development activities as determined by the district or school.

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    Who is eligible to participate in the Ohio Resident Educator (RE) Program?

    To be eligible to participate in the Resident Educator program, beginning teachers must:

     

    • Hold a valid resident educator license or alternative resident educator license of any type, or a one-year out-of-state educator license;
    • Be employed by an ODE-chartered educational entity, ODE or ODJFS licensed preschool, Ohio correctional facility or a private educational agency located in Ohio;
    • Teach at least two classes or .25 FTE in their area of licensure or in the area in which the teacher holds a supplemental teaching license or endorsement.
    • Be responsible for planning and delivering standards-based, PK-12 curriculum to students and evaluating their progress during the school year;
    • Work during the school year a minimum of 120 days as defined in Ohio Revised Code 3319.09; and
    • Be assigned an ODE-certified, trained mentor by their employer in Years 1 and 2.

    Note: Teachers hired as tutors are considered eligible for the Resident Educator Program if they meet the above criteria.
     
    Individuals teaching career-technical courses under an alternative resident educator workforce development or Career Technical I license are exempt from participating in the local Resident Educator Program and should not be registered in the program.  For more information, see Senate Bill 3 FAQs

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    When does the Resident Educator registration process begin?

    Between August 1 and November 15 of each year, the Program Coordinator for the district/school will register eligible REs in the ODE CORE database. The Program Coordinator will also report at the end of each year if the RE completed the local and state requirements for that year.  REs can verify the data entered by their PCs via “My RE Summary” by logging into their OH|ID account.
     
    NOTE:  Annually, the district/school’s Program Coordinator must register each eligible Resident Educator in CORE. Resident Educators who are eligible for the program are required to take the RESA in year 3 (or in year 2 if they have prior teaching credit or in year 2 as permitted upon consultation with their local program coordinator and mentor based on local policies and procedures). If the teacher is not successful, the Program Coordinator will register the RE for RESA in subsequent years.
     
    NOTE:  If a Resident Educator does not successfully complete the state and local requirements of their Resident Educator Program in a program year, then they will be marked as “no” for completion criteria for that year and will not receive credit for that program year.  When that Resident Educator is registered for the following year, they must repeat the program year that they did not complete successfully. For example, if a Resident Educator did not successfully complete program year 1 in 2017-18 successfully, then they will repeat and be registered for program year 1 again in 2018-19.

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    If I am entering Ohio’s teaching profession from out-of-state, am I required to go through the Ohio Resident Educator Program?

    Out-of-state teachers entering Ohio’s teaching profession with fewer than three years of teaching experience and who meet the program eligibility requirements are required to participate in and complete the Ohio Resident Educator Program in order to advance to the 5-year professional license. 

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    What happens if a Resident Educator transfers to another school or district during the school year?

    Registration is portable from one school to another or to another district/school within Ohio. REs should meet with their Program Coordinator (PC) to ensure that they are enrolled at their new school or district and that they are entered into CORE for the correct program year. REs are responsible for keeping all documentation of the work they have completed with their mentors (e.g., lesson plans, collaborative logs, focused mentoring activities, etc.)

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    Can Resident Educators advance their license early after they have successfully passed the RESA?

    The Resident Educator program is a four-year, entry-level program for classroom teachers. Legislation requires local programs to include mentoring during the first two years of the program.  A trained facilitator provides technical support for submission of the performance- based assessment in the third year of the program (or in the second year if the RE has prior credit or if the RE has been permitted to take RESA in the second year upon consultation with their PC and mentor based on local policies and procedures). Districts/schools shall determine locally the activities to be completed during the fourth year of the program. Therefore, educators cannot advance their Resident Educator license until all four program years have been successfully completed; however, districts/schools may grant one or two years of credit for prior teaching to eligible teachers.

    Those Resident Educators who hold an alternative RE license are required to teach four years under their alternative license; therefore, they are not eligible to advance their teaching license early, even with prior years of teaching credit. 

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Mentor Questions

    What are the requirements to serve as a mentor?

    The Ohio Department of Education has recommended the qualifications outlined below to serve as a mentor. To participate in the program as a mentor, individuals must meet the following qualifications:

    • Possess or have previously held (e.g. retired teachers) a 5-year professional license, senior professional, lead professional or permanent license.
    • Successfully completed RE Mentor Academy Day 1 and RE Mentor Academy Day 2 training.

    Along with these qualifications, the district/school may have additional requirements such as a mentor application process or targeted training. Local districts/schools will make the decision on who is selected to be a mentor based on their local criteria.

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    What is Focused Mentoring and what resources are available to Mentors?
    Focused mentoring is a new component of the formative mentoring years. While mentoring overall addresses the instructional support resident educators need as they begin their professional teaching careers, focused mentoring is specific and targeted to address teacher competencies Ohio once measured in RESA prior to 2017-2018. Through focused mentoring, teachers demonstrate their competency in the targeted skill areas at the local instead of the state level. Resources for Focused Mentoring include Sample Focused Mentoring Activities which can be found on the “For Mentors” part of our webpages found here.  A blank sample focused mentoring template is also posted for local districts/schools to use for locally developed activities.

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    When are RE Mentor Academy Day 1 and Day 2 training sessions for mentors available?

    RE Mentor Academy Day 1 and Day 2 trainings are scheduled from June through November in locations across the state. Registration is open in the Training and Registration application (STARS) through the OH|ID account; search keywords mentor academy, RE mentor academy, mentor training, or RE mentor training.

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    What is the cost of the mentor training?
    The cost for each one-day session of mentor training is determined locally. Check the contact information for the specific session provided in the Training and Registration application (STARS) of the OH|ID platform for information about the exact amount and how the payment is to be made and to whom. ODE does not manage these trainings. Do not make a payment to or draw purchase orders for ODE.

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Principal Questions

    What is the role of the principal in the Ohio Resident Educator Program?

    Principals and site administrators play an important role in the RE Program. Administrators support Resident Educators and mentors with relevant professional development activities in the mentoring years that ensure successful RESA completion during the performance years. Administrators also work with the Program Coordinator and district/school administrators to develop, implement and evaluate effective local resident educator programs A supportive building administrator plays a key role in matching Resident Educators with mentor teachers, providing specific feedback and guidance, and being accessible and responsive to the individual needs of these new teachers. For more information on the role of the principal, please see the RE Program Planning and Evaluation Tool and the Resident Educator Program Standards. Also, refer to your local RE Program policies and procedures.

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Program Coordinator Questions

    Can a district choose not to register a Resident Educator who meets eligibility requirements for the Resident Educator Program?

    No. Ohio Revised Code 3319.223 states that each district shall provide the Resident Educator Program for four years to those teachers who hold the Resident Educator License or the Alternative Resident Educator License; and that teachers holding a Resident Educator License shall participate in the teacher residency program. Additionally, districts should have specific Resident Educator Program policies and procedures in place approved by local boards of education outlining this requirement. In rare cases where a Resident Educator may have a serious, extended family crisis, military deployment or medical situation, program coordinators are encouraged to work with ODE Resident Educator staff to discuss available registration options.

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    Why are local policies and procedures important to local Resident Educator Programs?
    Having written RE Program policies will support decision making by the program coordinator for implementation of the local RE program. Written policies and procedures provide consistency in decision making around your Local Resident Educator Program. Please refer to the Planning and Evaluation Tool here as a resource for guidance in planning and evaluating a local Resident Educator Program.

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    Are leadership activities required in Year 4 of the Resident Educator Program?
    Local district and school policies and procedures determine the year 4 activities. Those districts and schools that include a leadership component will find an optional Learn to Lead resource module on the Department learning management system.

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Licensure

    Can teachers earn credit for teaching experience toward residency?

    Individuals with out-of-state teaching experience, Teach for America experience in another state or Ohio teaching experience under certain circumstances may be given consideration for teaching credit toward the Resident Educator Program. Go here to learn more about why and how program coordinators may grant credit to educators who have teaching experience outside of the teacher residency program.

     

    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 5-year professional educator license. Please go here to learn more.

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    How is credit granted for prior years of teaching?

    The employing district/school’s program coordinator must verify teaching experience with the assistance of the teacher. Documentation of this experience (e.g., letter of verification of employment) must be downloaded to My Documents in the Resident Educator's OH|ID account. All Resident Educators begin in Year 1 of the program, even if they are granted credit for prior teaching experience. Before beginning the Resident Educator program, those educators who have teaching experience outside of the Ohio Resident Educator program may be eligible for one or two years of credit for teaching experience, beginning in 2011. Program Coordinators can enter teaching credit for Resident Educators directly in the CORE registration system.

     

    Resident Educators with one or two years of credit are eligible to be registered for the summative assessment in Year 2 of the program. Further guidance about credit for teaching experience toward residency is found here. Directions for entering credit are included in the CORE Registration directions located here.

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Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA)

    How many times can an educator take the Resident Educator Summative Assessment?

    Resident Educators are permitted three opportunities to pass the Resident Educator Summative Assessment 

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    What counts as an “attempt” to pass the RESA?

    An attempt will be counted if:

    •  a Resident Educator is eligible for the RE Program and is registered for the RESA in Year 2 (due to prior credit or by permission of PC and mentor based on local policies and procedures).
    • a Resident Educator is in Year 3 or beyond and has not yet passed the RESA.

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    Are all program year 3 resident educators required to take the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA)?
    Resident educators entered in program year 3 in CORE must take the RESA if they have not already received a passing score for the assessment.

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    Can the RESA be taken in year 2 of the Resident Educator Program?
    Yes, beginning in 2018-2019 local policies and procedures may permit a year 2 resident educator to participate in the RESA upon consultation with their local program coordinator and mentor.  Those who do take the RESA in year 2 are also required to participate in mentoring.

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