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Please note HQT requirements are no longer in effect.

Properly certified or licensed requires teachers and instructional paraprofessionals of core content areas to hold the appropriate license for their teaching assignment based on grade level, core academic subject, and student population. The previous HQT Forms are no longer required. Districts may use the ESSA State Licensure Assurance report (EMIS) to verify properly certified or licensed requirements and/or identify conflicts relating to the requirements.  

Properly Certified or Licensed Teacher Requirements

A “properly certified or licensed teacher” has successfully completed all requirements for certification or licensure in the core academic subject of the teaching assignment and currently holds that corresponding license.

For teachers to be properly certified or licensed, according to ORC 3319.074(2), their teaching assignments must align with their license parameters in all the following ways:

  • Subject areas in which they provide instruction, including core academic subjects; and
  • Grade levels in which they provide instruction; and
  • With the student population to whom the teacher provides instruction, such as gifted, regular education or special education.

Core Academic Subject Area According to ORC 3319.074 (A)(1) “Core subject area” means reading and English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies foreign language, and fine arts. Full State Certification & Licensure.

The following teaching license types would be considered for full state certification or licensure:

  • Resident Educator/Alternative Resident Educator License
  • Professional Educator License
  • Senior Professional Educator License
  • Lead Professional Educator License
  • One-Year Out-of-State License
  • Supplemental License
  • Visiting International Teacher License

Properly Certified Teachers Requirements
for Community Schools

Beginning October 17, 2019, community schools will no longer be required to meet the proper certification or licensure requirements under Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 3319.074. 1 HB 166 of the 133rd General Assembly removed this requirement from community schools.

Teachers in community schools will still need to hold a teaching license in accordance with ORC 3314.03(A)(10). Appropriate teaching licenses include professional licenses, resident educator licenses, alternative licenses, supplemental licenses, and substitute licenses issued under ORC 3319.226 or long-term substitute licenses. Additionally, educational aides will still need to hold an educational aide permit.

Special education personnel in community schools, including intervention specialists and related services personnel, must meet necessary certification and licensure requirements as outlined in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 3301-24, Ohio’s Operating Standards for Children with Disabilities 2 , and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Properly Certified Instructional Paraprofessionals Requirements

ESEA stands for the Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), or Every Student Suceeds Act (ESSA), which requires educational aides or paraprofessionals  settings to meet certain qualifications.  

According to the “Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965,” 20 U.S.C. 6301 et seq. and Ohio Revised Code 3319.074, at least one of the following criteria must also be satisfied: 5 Ohio Revised Cod ORC 3319.074 6

  •  Have a designation of “ESEA qualified” on the educational aide permit; or
  •  Have successfully completed at least two years of coursework at an accredited          institution of higher education; or
  •  Hold an associate degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education; or
  •   Meet a rigorous standard of quality as demonstrated by attainment of a qualifying score on an academic assessment specified by the Department of Education.

f you have successfully completed either the ParaPro examination, an associate degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education, or at least two years of college study at an accredited institution of higher education (defined as 48 semester hours or 72 quarter hours), and would like to add the “ESEA Qualified” designation to your educational aide permit, you may do so by accessing the CORE licensure system online licensure application system through the Ohio Department of Education’s website at education.ohio.gov  

How to Access the CORE System

You will need a OH|ID account in order to access the system.  If you do not have a OH|ID account you will be able to sign up for one by clicking on the "Login" link at the top of the Department of Education’s home page.  Once you have accessed CORE licensure system through your OH|ID account please go to the My Credentials page and select “add area” in order to apply to add the ESEA designation to an existing educational aide permit.  

If you are adding the designation based upon completion of college coursework, please mail official transcripts (no photocopies please) to the Ohio Department of Education, Office of Educator Licensure, 25 South Front Street Mail Stop 105, Columbus Oh 43215.  If you are adding the designation based on successful completion of the ParaPro examination, please ensure that your score has been electronically reported directly to the Ohio Department of Education by Educational Testing Service. Please note that paper score reports may not be utilized.


Last Modified: 9/11/2023 6:42:02 AM