Alternative Principal License

This three-year nontraditional licensure pathway allows candidates to work in an Ohio school as a principal or assistant principal while completing requirements under Ohio law1 for a professional principal license. 

Initial Application Requirements  

Applicants must submit the following with their initial application for a one-year alternative principal license:

  • Official transcripts. Candidates must submit all official transcripts from an accredited college or university verifying their college coursework, degrees and cumulative undergraduate or graduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Please review 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 principal or assistant principal position in which they will serve, including grade levels. ​
  • Work experience verification. Candidates must submit documentation of two or more years of successful teaching experience under a standard or professional teaching license or five years of successful experience in administration, education or management. This employment verification must be provided in letter format by the employer.  

Renewal Application Requirements

Candidates must renew their one-year alternative principal license two times to complete requirements for the professional principal license. Candidates must submit the completed Renewal Verification Form with their online renewal application through their OH|ID account.

Requirements in Year One of the Alternative Principal License Pathway

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

Bachelor's Degree Holders shall provide documentation of enrollment in and satisfactory progress in a master's degree program in education administration at an accredited institution of higher education to their employing school or district.

Master's Degree Holders shall provide documentation of satisfactory progress in meeting the requirement of a three-semester hour school law course and a three-semester hour course in school supervision and teacher evaluation through an accredited college or university to their employing school or district.

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 complete classroom teaching experience in accordance with a planned program developed and implemented by the employing school or district. Such a program must require the alternatively-licensed principal or assistant principal to work with an experienced teacher to obtain teaching experience. A total of 180 clock hours is required, with a minimum of 90 hours completed in year one and 90 hours in year two.

Requirements in Year Two of the Alternative Principal License Pathway

Bachelor's Degree Holders shall provide documentation of satisfactory progress in a master's degree program in education administration at an accredited institution of higher education to their employing school or district.

Master's Degree Holders shall provide documentation to their employing school or district of continuing progress in meeting program requirements, including completion of a three-semester hour school law course and a three-semester hour course in school supervision and teacher evaluation (if not already completed), plus an additional six semester hours or 90 clock hours of professional development, based on pre-assessment data and personal learning goals.

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 complete 90 clock hours of classroom teaching experience.

Advance Application Requirements

At the end of the three-year alternative principal pathway, candidates must submit the following with their application to advance to the professional principal license through their OH|ID account.

  • Official university 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 Professional Principal License

Candidates must meet all requirements to advance to the professional principal license.

Bachelor's Degree Holders Must Successfully Complete:

  • Three years of work experience under the alternative principal license.
  • A master's degree in education administration from an accredited college or university.
  • A structured mentoring program (provided by employing school or district).
  • The Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) Educational Leadership Exam (#015).
  • Required classroom teaching experience (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:

  • Three years of work experience under the alternative principal license.
  • A three-semester hour school law course and a three-semester hour course in school supervision and teacher evaluation, plus an additional six semester hours or 90 clock hours of professional development, based on pre-assessment data and personal learning goals (coursework must be reflected on an official transcript from an accredited college or university).
  • A structured mentoring program (provided by employing school or district).
  • The Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) Educational Leadership Exam (#015).
  • Required classroom teaching experience (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).

Correcting the Employing District

Alternative principal license holders who transfer employment to a different Ohio school or district must submit the following with the online application to correct the alternative principal license:

  • Position verification. Candidates must submit a current board resolution from the new employing school or district verifying the assistant principal or principal position in which they will serve, including grade levels. 
  • Work experience verification. Candidates must submit a letter, on letterhead from the superintendent or human resources director of the former district, verifying the academic years they worked under the alternative principal license and their assignment (including grade levels). The letter must also clarify that the individual is no longer employed as a principal or assistant principal in the school or district.  

Please note that the new hiring district must electronically sign 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 3301-24-11

Last Modified: 10/18/2021 12:06:48 PM