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 the Alternative Resident Educator Licensure Pathway

Step 1 - Request an alternative resident educator license evaluation

Evaluation Request Application. Candidates must first request an evaluation to begin the Alternative Resident Educator licensure pathway. Please note that the evaluation request application must be completed correctly and submitted with required transcripts and payment to avoid delays in processing. 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. 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.
Military Fee Waiver for Alternative Evaluations 
Beginning November 11, 2022, the Ohio Department of Education has eliminated fees for alternative evaluations to recognize the contributions of military families. The fees for any evaluation for an Ohio alternative license will be waived for candidates who are veterans with honorable discharges or current service members of all branches of the United States Armed Forces; the National Guard or Reserve; and the Ohio Military Reserve or Ohio Naval Militia (under the Ohio Adjutant General). Spouses of active duty service members also may receive an evaluation for an alternative license free of charge. Candidates must complete and submit the Military Fee Waiver Application form and the required military document or identification with their alternative evaluation request application or correction evaluation form.

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step 2 - complete content area exam requirements

The content area exam requirements will be listed on the evaluation from the Department of Education. Candidates must complete the following exam requirements per their evaluations prior to registering for an approved Alternative Licensure Institute

  • 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 3 - request the confirmation registration letter

Candidates must contact the Office of Educator Licensure to request their confirmation registration letter after they receive their official score reports reflecting their qualifying scores for their content area exam requirements (per their evaluation from the Department of Education). The confirmation registration letter issued by the Department of Education is required for enrollment in an approved Alternative Licensure Institute.

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step 4 - 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. Candidates may enroll in an approved Alternative Licensure Institute once they receive their Department-issued confirmation registration letter.

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step 5 - request the statement of eligibility

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 for the Alternative Resident Educator license. Candidates will use their Department-issued statement of eligibility to provide verification to an Ohio school or district of eligibility for the Alternative Resident Educator license.

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step 6 - 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 7 - advance to the professional license

Candidates will receive an evaluation detailing their requirements to advance from the Alternative Resident Educator license with their statement of eligibility. Candidates must complete all of the following requirements to advance to a five-year professional license:

  • COURSEWORK
    • Reading/Phonics. Candidates are to successfully complete 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 below and must be reflected on an official transcript from an accredited college or university.
    • Professional Education. Candidates are to successfully complete a Professional Development Institute approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, OR 12 semester hours of professional education coursework as offered through an approved teacher preparation program at an accredited college or university. Appropriate courses will be those designed for students in a traditional, college or university teacher preparation program. They will cover topics such as principles and practices of teaching, student development and learning, student assessment, curriculum development, classroom management and teaching methods. 
Please note that continuing education (sometimes referred to as professional development) courses WILL NOT meet the professional education coursework requirement for the Alternative Resident Educator licensure pathway. Continuing education courses are those designed for educators who already hold a standard teaching license and need to meet renewal requirements. Candidates completing professional education coursework in lieu of  an approved Professional Development Institute should contact an accredited college or university that offers approved teacher preparation programs for guidance in selecting appropriate professional education courses.
  • ​​​​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.
  • OHIO RESIDENT EDUCATOR PROGRAM. Candidates must complete all components of the Ohio Resident Educator Program.
  • 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 under the Alternative Resident Educator license.
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.
    • 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

  • 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.

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Correcting the Employing School or District

The Alternative Resident Educator license is valid only in the Ohio school or district for which it has been issued. Alternative Resident Educator license holders who transfer to a different Ohio school or district must 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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Educator 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

Candidates may apply for the Alternative Resident Educator license once they have their Department-issued statement of eligibility and a teaching position requiring the license in an Ohio school or district.

  • 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: 12/13/2022 4:01:25 PM