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:
Additionally, Resident Educators complete the following:
- 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.
- 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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