Non-tax Certificate for Non-public Teachers and Administrators

The Ohio Department of Education issues non-tax certificates under Ohio law1 to those who will serve as teachers or administrators in Ohio nonpublic schools.

The nontax certificate is available in the following areas:

Permanent Non-Tax Certificate

Valid for teaching, administration and supervision in Ohio chartered nonpublic schools.

Candidates must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree conferred from an accredited college or university.

Permanent Non-tax Certificate – Non-tax, Non-bachelor’s

Valid only for teaching world languages, music, religion, computer technology or fine arts in Ohio chartered non-public schools.

The superintendent or chief administrative officer must verify candidates’ qualifications to teach in the available teaching fields.

Permanent Non-tax Certificate – Non-chartered, Non-tax Supported Schools

Valid only for teaching in a non-chartered, non-tax supported school.

Candidates must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree conferred or a diploma from a bible college or bible institute as described in state law2.


  • STEP 1: Meet education requirements for the substitute license. You must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or a diploma from a bible college or bible institute (except for non-tax, non-bachelor’s certificates).
  • STEP 2: Contact the nonpublic school. DO NOT apply for this license through the Department's online system until you have completed the following; otherwise, your application will be declined. You must:
    • Complete the employment process at the Ohio nonpublic school for which you are interested in serving as a teacher or administrator; and
    • Notify the employing organization and request the employer's IRN to use in the online application; the organization's e-signer must approve your license application. 
  • STEP 3: Complete your background checks. You must have current background checks on file with the Department. Please see the Background Check FAQs webpage for more information.
  • STEP 4: Prepare your transcripts. You must submit your official transcripts reflecting your bachelor's degree (except for non-tax, non-bachelor’s certificates). Please see the Instructions for Submitting Transcripts before uploading transcripts. You may also view a short video tutorial on how to scan and upload transcripts.
    • If you prefer to mail your original, official transcripts, please use the following address: 

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

    • Did you complete your degree outside the United States? If you completed college coursework outside the United States, you must submit a course-by-course analysis from a Department approved international credential evaluation service
  • STEP 5: ​Complete and submit your 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

1ORC 3301.071
2ORC 1713.02

Last Modified: 9/20/2021 2:58:03 PM