Alternative Resident Educator License - Montessori

The Department issues Alternative Resident Educator licenses under Ohio law1 to educators employed in an Ohio school that operates a program using the Montessori method endorsed by the American Montessori Society, the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education, or the Association Montessori Internationale as its primary method of instruction. This four-year licensure pathway allows candidates to work in an Ohio school while completing requirements for a professional educator license. 

Initial Requirements for Licensure

Candidates must meet the following requirements for the initial Alternative Resident Educator -Montessori license:

  • Education. Candidates must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education and have successfully completed a teacher education program through ONE of the following: 
    • American Montessori Society
    • Association Montessori Internationale
    • An institution accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education
  • Background Checks. All applicants must have current background checks on file with the Department. 


The following documents should be submitted with the online application:

  • Transcripts. Applicants must submit their official transcripts from an accredited college or university reflecting their conferred degree (minimum of a bachelor's degree required). Please review the Instructions for Submitting Transcripts and short video tutorial before 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

    • Coursework completed outside the United States. Applicants who completed college coursework outside the United States must submit a course-by-course analysis from a Department approved international credential evaluation service
  • Certificate. Applicants must submit their certificate verifying completion of a teacher education program through the American Montessori Society, Association Montessori Internationale or an institution accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education.

The online license application system will prompt applicants to select the employing Montessori school to electronically sign and approve the alternative licensure application and verify employment. Applicants may contact the Ohio Department of Education for assistance if the employing Montessori school does not appear in the list of available options to select in the application.

Requirements for a Professional Educator License

Candidates must meet all of the following requirements to ADVANCE  from the Alternative Resident Educator – Montessori license to the five-year professional educator license:
  • Teaching experience. Candidates must have four years of successful teaching experience under the Alternative Resident Educator - Montessori license.
    • Candidates must upload a letter on school or district letterhead signed and dated by the employing superintendent or human resources director verifying their successful completion of four years of teaching experience under the Alternative Resident Educator - Montessori license during the application process.
  • Ohio Resident Educator Program. Candidates must successfully complete all components of the four-year Ohio Resident Educator Program.
  • Coursework. Candidates must complete 12 semester (18 quarter) hours of professional education coursework, from a college or university approved to prepare teachers, in the principles and practices of teaching, student development and learning, student assessment procedures, curriculum development, classroom management and teaching methodology, OR complete a Professional Development Institute approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education.
  • Licensure exam. Candidates must pass the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) 004 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (PK-12) during the second year of teaching under the alternative license.

Responsibility for Maintaining and Advancing a Valid License

Alternative Resident Educator – Montessori 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 law2. Candidates should request an evaluation to determine their requirements to advance to the professional educator (Montessori) license. The $50 fee for the evaluation includes the original evaluation and any re-evaluations requested within one year of the initial evaluation completion date. 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 after the one-year evaluation period for an initial request.

Application Instructions

Last Modified: 3/22/2022 1:29:19 PM