Alternative Superintendent License

Initial Requirements for a Two-Year License

  • A master’s degree from an accredited institution;
  • A graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • Five or more years of documented successful work experience in teaching, administration, education or management;
  • A position as a superintendent and board resolution of appointment to that position.

Requirements in Year One and Year Two 

  • Assignment of a mentor;
  • Completion of a competency based self-assessment developed by the Ohio Department of Education, which is available through the department's website at (keyword search: school leadership self-inventory);
  • Development of a personal learning plan based on the ISLLC self-assessment;
  • Participation in a structured mentoring program consisting of 70 clock hours during the initial two-year license;
  • Completion of minimum of 9 semester hours from an accredited university or 135 clock hours of professional development based on the personal learning plan during the initial two-year license.


The employing school district shall require the administrator to develop a plan that outlines observation of classroom instruction across grade levels and subject areas within the school district.

Requirements in Year Three and Year Four

  • Continued progress towards meeting the requirements for a professional superintendent license.

Requirements for a Professional Superintendent License

  • Four years of successful experience under the alternative superintendent license;
  • Completion of an additional 6 semester hours or 90 clock hours of professional development based on the personal learning plan during the second two-year license;
  • Participation in a structured mentoring program;
  • Successful completion of the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) Educational Leadership Exam (#015).

Alternative Superintendent License Documents

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.

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Last Modified: 3/8/2021 2:04:56 PM