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Ohio Teacher Licensure

As an Ohio teacher, you are required to hold an active teaching license appropriate for your position. You’re strongly encouraged to be proactive in completing renewal requirements in advance of your license expiration to prevent employment risk. The tabs below will assist you with all things related to Credentialing; however, if you still have questions, please reach out to a Credentialing Consultant.

Alternative Teaching Certification

Applying for an Alternative Teacher Certificate:

What are the requirements?

According to Ohio’s Department of Education, in order to get an alternative teaching license an individual will need:

  • Alternative Resident Educator License:
    • 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.
    • The following alternative license types are available:
      • Designated subjects grades K-12
      • World languages grades P-12
      • Intervention specialist grades K-12
    • For more information on requirements and steps to apply, click here.
  • Interim License:
    • Degree: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
    • Exam: You must pass the content area exam for the requested subject area
    • Teaching Experience: You need to have at least two years of PreK-12 teaching experience. This may be under a substitute license or permanent nontax certificate. Employment must be verified
    • Current Background Check: See Background Check FAQ’s for more information regarding a background check.

For more details on these steps click here.

Where can I apply?

To apply for an alternative certificate click here.

Ohio Teaching Certification

Use the tabs below to locate information regarding Ohio's certifications, licenses, and permits:

Department of Education FAQ's - Click Here

Alternative Permits Available - Click Here

Renewing your Certification - Click Here

Cost Related to Certifications - Click Here

Reciprocity - Click Here

To visit the Ohio Department of Education Website - Click Here