Alternative Administrative Specialist License

This four-year nontraditional licensure pathway allows candidates to work in an Ohio school district or community school as an administrative specialist while completing requirements under Ohio law1 for a professional administrative specialist license.

Initial Application Requirements

Please submit the following with your initial application for a two-year alternative administrative specialist license:

  • Official transcripts. Candidates must submit all official transcripts from an accredited college or university verifying their college coursework, degrees and cumulative graduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Please see the Instructions for Submitting Transcripts and short video tutorial before uploading transcripts.  
    • Candidates 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. Candidates who completed college coursework outside the United States must submit a course-by-course analysis from a Department approved international credential evaluation service
  • Position verification. Candidates must submit a current board resolution from their employing school or district verifying the administrative specialist position in which they will serve. ​
  • Work experience verification. Candidates must submit documentation of five or more years of successful experience in teaching, administration, education or management. This employment verification must be provided in letter format by the employer.  

Renewal Application Requirements

Candidates must renew their two-year alternative administrative specialist license once to complete requirements for the professional administrative specialist license. Candidates must submit the completed Renewal Verification Form with their online renewal application.

requirements in years one and two of the alternative administrative specialist license pathway

The employing Ohio school district shall provide the alternative administrative specialist license holder a mentoring program that includes the following:

  • Assignment of a mentor who holds a standard administrator license and has served in the capacity of an administrator under the license.
  • Completion of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Self-Assessment.
  • Development of a personal learning plan based on the ISLLC self-assessment and approved by the mentor.
  • Participation in a structured mentoring program aligned to the personal learning plan and consisting of 70 clock hours.

Bachelor's Degree Holders shall also meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of a three-semester hour course in school law and a three-semester hour course in school finance through an accredited university.
  • Completion of a minimum of nine additional semester hours from an accredited university leading toward a master's degree in education administration.

Master's Degree Holders shall also meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of a three-semester hour course in school law and a three-semester hour course in school finance through an accredited university.
  • Completion of minimum of three additional semester hours from an accredited university or 45 clock hours of professional development based on the personal learning plan.

Individuals who do not have two years of teaching experience under a standard or alternative teaching license, permanent non-tax certificate or two years of experience under a professional pupil services license must also develop a plan that outlines observation of classroom instruction across grade levels and subject areas within the school district.

requirements in years three and four of the alternative administrative specialist license pathway

Bachelor's Degree Holders must meet the following requirements:
  • Completion of a master’s degree in education administration through an accredited college or university.
  • Participation in a structured mentoring program aligned to the personal learning plan consisting of 50 clock hours (provided by the employing district).
  • Pass the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) Educational Leadership Exam (#015).
Master's Degree Holders must meet the following requirements:
  • Completion of an additional six semester hours from an accredited university or 90 clock hours of professional development based on the personal learning plan.
  • Participation in a structured mentoring program aligned to the personal learning plan (provided by the employing district).
  • Pass the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) Educational Leadership Exam (#015).

Advance Application Requirements

At the end of the four-year alternative administrative specialist licensure pathway, candidates must submit the following with their application to advance to the professional administrative specialist license:

  • Official transcripts. See Initial Application Requirements for transcript submission instructions.
  • Verification form to advance. Submit the completed Verification Form to Advance with the online application.  

REQUIREMENTS FOR A PROFESSIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST LICENSE

Candidates must meet all requirements to advance to the professional administrative specialist license.

Bachelor's Degree Holders Must Successfully Complete:

  • Four years of work experience under the alternative administrative specialist license.
  • A three-semester hour course in school law and a three-semester hour course in school finance through an accredited college or university.
  • A master's degree in education administration from an accredited college or university.
  • A structured mentoring program (provided by the employing school or district and aligned to the personal learning plan).
  • The Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) Educational Leadership Exam (#015).
  • Observation of classroom instruction across grade levels and subject areas within the school district (for individuals who do not have two years of teaching experience under a standard or alternative teaching license, permanent non-tax certificate or two years of experience under a professional pupil services license only).

Master's Degree Holders Must Successfully Complete:

  • Four years of work experience under the alternative administrative specialist license.
  • A three-semester hour course in school law and a three-semester hour course in school finance through an accredited college or university.
  • All additional coursework or clock hours of professional development based on the personal learning plan.
  • A structured mentoring program (provided by the employing school or district and aligned to the personal learning plan).
  • The Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) Educational Leadership Exam (#015).
  • Observation of classroom instruction across grade levels and subject areas within the school district (for individuals who do not have two years of teaching experience under a standard or alternative teaching license, permanent non-tax certificate or two years of experience under a professional pupil services license only).

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.

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