12-Hour and 40-Hour Temporary Teaching Permits

The Ohio Department of Education issues 12-hour and 40-hour temporary teaching permits under Ohio law1 to non-licensed individuals who have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in OR significant work experience in the subject area to be taught and have been hired to teach in an Ohio school district, STEM school or dropout prevention and recovery community school.

Educators may teach only the subject area(s) listed on the temporary permit.

This permit is issued to non-licensed individuals only, in accordance with Ohio law2. Educators may not apply for the temporary teaching permit if they hold or have ever held a standard, alternative or substitute teaching license.

The employing Ohio school district, dropout prevention and recovery community school or STEM school shall assign a licensed supervisor to the temporary permit holder and provide initial orientation and support in effective teaching methods, in accordance with Ohio law1.

Available Permits

12-Hour Teaching Permit. Educators are limited to teaching 12 hours a week in the subject area(s) listed on the permit. The one-year permit is valid only in the requesting Ohio school district.

40-Hour STEM School Teaching Permit. Educators are limited to teaching 40 hours a week in the subject area(s) listed on the permit. The one-year permit is valid only in the requesting Ohio STEM school

(NEW!) 40-Hour Industry-Recognized Credential Career-Technical Workforce Development (CTWD) Teaching Permit. Educators are limited to teaching 40 hours a week in the subject area(s) listed on the permit. The one-year permit is valid only for teaching in an Ohio industry-recognized credential program in the requesting dropout prevention and recovery community school.


Steps for First-time or Renewal of a Temporary Teaching Permit

Educators should not apply for a 12-hour or 40-hour permit (new or renewal) through the Department’s online system until they have completed the steps below; otherwise, the application may be declined.

STEP 1: Meet education or work experience requirements for the permit. Candidates must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in OR significant work experience in the subject area to be taught.

STEP 2: Contact a school or district. Candidates should not apply for this license (new or renewal) through the Department's online system until they have completed the following; otherwise, the application may be declined. Candidates must:
  • Complete the employment process at the Ohio school district, STEM school or dropout prevention and recovery community school where they are interested in teaching.
  • Notify the employing school or district and request the employer’s IRN to use in the online application; the organization’s e-signer must approve the permit application.

STEP 3: Complete background checks. All applicants must have current background checks on file with the Department. 

STEP 4: Prepare documents to submit with the application. Educators must submit the following documents through their OH|ID account with the online application in order to be evaluated for the temporary permit:
  • Official transcripts (for permits issued based on a college or university degree). Applicants must submit their official transcripts from an accredited college or university reflecting their conferred degree (minimum of a bachelor's degree required). Please review the Instructions for Submitting Transcripts and short video tutorial before uploading transcripts. 
    • Applicants who prefer to mail their original, official transcripts must use the following address: 

      Ohio Department of Education
      Office of Educator Licensure
      25 S. Front Street
      Mail Stop 504
      Columbus, OH 43215

    • Coursework completed outside the United States. Applicants who completed college coursework outside the United States must provide a course-by-course analysis from a Department approved international credential evaluation service.
  • Verification of work experience (for permits issued based on work experience in the subject area). Applicants must submit an original letter, on the employer’s letterhead, signed and dated by the human resources director, verifying dates of full-time employment and job duties. Do not submit third party verification of employment.

Additional Requirements for EMTS & Firefighters

EMT/Firefighter certification. Applicants must provide verification of their active Ohio EMS certification(s) and instructor card(s).

EMT requires:

  • An active Ohio EMS certification for EMT, AEMT or Paramedic, AND
  • An active Ohio EMS Instructor card (CE Instructor and Assistant EMS Instructor are not eligible).

Firefighter Training requires:

  • An active Ohio EMS certification for Firefighter I or II, AND
  • An active Ohio EMS Fire Instructor card (Assistant Firefighter Instructor and Fire Safety Instructor are not eligible). The Live Fire Instructor card is eligible only if the candidate also holds an active Ohio EMS Fire Instructor card.
STEP 5: Complete and submit the online application. 

Application Instructions

  • Access your OH|ID account.
  • Click Educator Licensure and Records (CORE).
  • Complete the online application from your CORE Dashboard.
  • See the CORE User Manual for complete instructions.

Related Links

1OAC 3301-23-41
2ORC 3319.301

Last Modified: 3/14/2022 4:31:56 PM