Alternative Superintendent License

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

Initial Application Requirements

Please submit the following with your initial application for a two-year alternative superintendent 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 superintendent or assistant superintendent position in which they will serve.
  • Work experience verification. Candidates must submit documentation of five or more years of successful work 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 the two-year alternative superintendent license once to complete requirements for the professional superintendent license. Candidates must submit the completed Renewal Verification Form with their online renewal application. 

requirements in years one and two of the alternative superintendent license pathway

The employing Ohio school district shall provide the alternative superintendent 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 admininstrator 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. 

Alternative license holders must also complete a three-semester hour course in school law, a three-semester hour course in school finance and three additional semester hours from an accredited university or forty-five clock hours of professional development based on their 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 and complete a plan that outlines observation of classroom instruction across grade levels and subject areas within the school district.

Requirements in Years Three and Year Four of the alternative superintendent license pathway

  • Participation in a structured mentoring program (provided by the employing district).
  • Pass the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) Educational Leadership Exam (#015).
  • Completion of an additional six semester hours from an accredited university or 90 clock hours of professional development based on the personal learning plan.

Advance Application Requirements

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

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

  • Four years of successful experience under the alternative superintendent license.
  • Completion of a three-semester hour course in school law and a three-semester hour course in school finance through an accredited college or university.
  • Completion of all additional coursework or clock hours of professional development based on the personal learning plan.
  • Participation in a structured mentoring program (provided by the employing school or district and aligned to the personal learning plan).
  • Pass 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.

Related Links

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Last Modified: 11/9/2021 2:22:13 PM