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Recent licensure grade-band changes will not affect current early childhood (P-3) license holders

2/1/2019

Here’s something you may need to know. The recently enacted Ohio Senate Bill 216 eliminates the early childhood P-3 license and replaces it with a P-5 license. However, teachers who currently hold a P-3 license will continue to renew that license as it is. Also, P-3 license holders will continue to have two options for adding grades 4 and 5 to that license. Option one: Those not teaching grades 4 or 5 now will have to complete an approved teacher preparation program through an accredited college or university to add the 4-5 generalist endorsement. Option two: Those teaching grade 4 or 5 now can apply for a supplemental 4-5 generalist endorsement, at the request of the school where they teach, and complete the supplemental pathway through the Ohio Department of Education.