Alternative Resident Educator Licenses

The Alternative Resident Educator license is an accelerated pathway to classroom teaching. This pathway allows students, schools and communities to benefit from the candidates' content-related knowledge, life experience and successful career experience.  Ohio students can benefit from the rich knowledge base and successful career and life experiences of content experts in a variety of teaching fields.  As Ohio focuses on assuring a high-quality teacher in every classroom, it is important that a wide range of professionals are invited to bring their talents and expertise into our schools.

Available Alternative Licenses

The following alternative license types are available:

  • Designated subjects grades K-12
  • World languages grades P-12
  • Intervention specialist grades K-12

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Steps for Obtaining an Initial Alternative Resident Educator License

Step 1 - Request an alternative resident educator evaluation

Evaluation Request Application. The evaluation will outline the eligibility requirements (including exams) for the initial four-year Alternative Resident Educator license. The evaluation is valid for two years from its original completion date. The $50 fee for the evaluation includes the original evaluation and any re-evaluations for originally requested teaching fields requested within two years of the original evaluation completion date. Please note that the evaluation form must be completed correctly and submitted with required transcripts and payment to avoid delays in processing. An additional $50 fee and evaluation request application is required for evaluation requests in additional teaching areas or after the two-year evaluation period for an initial request.
  • Official transcripts. Candidates must have a bachelor's degree with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher or a master's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher from an accredited institution of higher education. Candidates submit all original, official transcripts with the evaluation request application. Transfer credits must be verified on transcripts from the originating institution.  College coursework completed outside the United States requires a course-by-course analysis from a Department-approved international credential evaluation service
  • Licensure exams. Candidates must complete the following exam requirements prior to registering for an approved Alternative Licensure Institute. Exam requirements will be listed on the evaluation from the Department of Education.
    • Designated Subjects & Intervention Specialist Areas: Successful completion of the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) content assessment for the licensure area; OR 
    • World Languages: Successful completion of the ACTFL Language Testing International Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) for world language licensure areas. Candidates must score Intermediate High or higher. 
    • Please note: Candidates for Alternative Integrated Language Arts and Intervention Specialist licensure areas also must successfully complete the OAE 090 Foundations of Reading exam.

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step 2 - enroll in an approved alternative licensure institute

Candidates must complete an approved Alternative Licensure Institute, including the Intensive Pedagogical Training Institute (IPTI) or an Alternative Resident Educator Institute (AREI) approved by the Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education, after meeting the exam requirements listed on the evaluation from the Department of Education. A confirmation registration letter issued by the Department of Education is required for enrollment in an approved Alternative Licensure Institute. Candidates must contact the Office of Educator Licensure to request their confirmation registration letter once they have met the exam requirements (per their evaluation from the Department of Education). Candidates may enroll in an approved Alternative Licensure Institute once they receive their Department-issued confirmation registration letter.

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step 3 - statement of eligibility

Upon completion of an approved Alternative Licensure Institute, candidates will receive a statement of eligibility and updated evaluation. Candidates will use their Department-issued statements of eligibility to provide verification to an Ohio school or district of eligibility for the Alternative Resident Educator license. Please note that candidates must upload their certificate of completion from an approved Alternative Licensure Institute to their OH|ID account and contact the Office of Educator Licensure to request their statement of eligibility.

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step 4 - apply online for the alternative resident educator license

Employment. Upon employment in an Ohio school or district, candidates apply for the Alternative Resident Educator license (as listed on their statements of eligibility) through their OH|ID accounts. Please note that a candidate must have a Department-issued statement of eligibility reflecting the subject area and code for which he or she is eligible to teach and secure employment in an Ohio school or district to teach under an Alternative Resident Educator license before applying for the license.

Background checks. All applicants must have current background checks on file with the Department to be issued a license.

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step 5 - advance to the professional license

Candidates must complete the following requirements to advance to the five-year professional license:

  1. Coursework.
    • Twelve semester (18 quarter) hours of professional education coursework, from an accredited college or university approved to prepare teachers, in the principles and practices of teaching, student development and learning, pupil assessment procedures, curriculum development, classroom management and teaching methodology, OR completion of a Professional Development Institute approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education; and
    • A three-semester hour course in the teaching of reading in the content area for all subject areas except Integrated Language Arts and Intervention Specialist licensure areas, which require successful completion of at least six semester hours in the teaching of reading (including at least one separate three-semester hour course in the teaching of phonics in the context of reading, writing and spelling). Please note that the reading coursework requirement is separate from the professional education requirement listed above;
  2. Licensure exam. Successful completion of the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) test #004 - Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (PK-12). Please note: An educator with an Alternative Resident Educator license must take this exam during the second year of teaching under the alternative license;
  3. Ohio Resident Educator Program. Candidates must complete all components of the Ohio Resident Educator Program; and
  4. Teaching experience. Candidates must have four full school years of successful teaching experience under the Alternative Resident Educator license. Please note that candidates who hold an alternative license with multiple areas must teach four full school years in each area.
    • The candidate must upload a letter on district letterhead signed and dated by the employing superintendent or human resources director during the application process. The letter must state the grade levels and subjects taught during each year of employment.

Candidates who need to extend or renew an Alternative Resident Educator license to complete the teaching experience or the Ohio Resident Educator Program requirements must first complete all licensure exams and applicable coursework before applying for the renewal or extension. All of the above requirements must be completed before advancing to the professional license.

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Requesting a Correction Evaluation and Correcting the Limitations on an Alternative Resident Educator License

Alternative Resident Educator license holders who complete coursework or exam requirements to advance to the professional license may request a Correction Evaluation. The $20 correction fee includes a corrected evaluation outlining the remaining coursework or exam requirements to advance to the professional license. The fee also includes correcting the coursework or exam limitations listed on the issued Alternative Resident Educator license. Alternative Resident Educator license holders must submit the completed Correction Evaluation form, fee and at least one of the following to the Department for review:

  • Coursework verification: Educators are to submit their official university transcripts reflecting the completed professional educator or reading coursework per system instructions. Review the Instructions for Submitting Transcripts and short video tutorial before scanning and uploading transcripts.
  • Educators 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
  • Professional Development Institute verification. Educators who completed an approved Professional Development Institute must upload the certificate of completion under My Documents from their CORE Dashboards.
  • Exam verification. Official score reports verifying passing scores for the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) test #004 - Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (PK-12) must be sent directly from Pearson Education to the Ohio Department of Education.

Correcting the Employing School or District

Alternative Resident Educator license holders who transfer to a different school or district will complete the online application to CORRECT the alternative license to the new employer. 

  • The new hiring district will electronically e-sign the online application, so the educator must include the new employing school or district information.
  • The educator will submit a letter, on letterhead, signed and dated by the superintendent or human resource director of the former school or district, verifying the academic years worked under the Alternative Resident Educator license and the subjects and grade levels taught. The letter must also verify that the educator is no longer employed in the school or district.  The educator will upload this letter during the application process.

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Responsibility for Maintaining and Advancing a Valid License

Alternative Resident Educator license holders are responsible for maintaining the validity of their licenses. License holders must keep current on requirement to advance to a five-year professional educator license as set forth in Ohio law.

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Application Instructions

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

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Last Modified: 6/24/2022 7:00:29 AM