Licensure and Certification services are provided to all professional teaching and administrative staff of local and other participating districts.
The following services are available:
- Approval of certificate renewals, upgrades, and transitions.
- Provide notification of expiring certificates/licenses to district personnel.
- Secure substitute teacher applications with required BCI fingerprint results, TB test results and certificate for submission to ODE.
- Supply certification forms and seek answers to certification questions for district personnel.
Application for Renewal:
The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) deadline for submitting applications for certificate/license renewal is June 30. You may complete the renewal process as early as January 1 of your year of expiration. The ODE renewal application must be completed by accessing your ODE SAFE Account.
Initial, First Five-Year License and Lapsed Licenses:
If you are seeking your initial license, you must complete the process through your college or university for the 4-year resident educator license or contact ODE directly. If you are seeking to convert an out-of-state license. If your license has lapsed and you are not employed, you must contact ODE to renew your license.
Five-Year License Renewal:
You must go through your Local Professional Development Committee (LPDC) to renew your license. Your Individual Professional Development Plan must be submitted and approved prior to any the completion of any activities or coursework that you would like to use towards your renewal.
State Licensed Professionals:
Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapist, and some other non-classroom professionals must hold a valid license from the professionals state board. That state board license must be submitted to ODE to obtain an ODE license. Application must be made via ODE through a SAFE Account. and do not require district or LPDC approval. Both of the professional's state board and the ODE licenses must be maintained as long as the professional is employed by a school district. For more information contact ODE.
Ohio Resident Educator Program:Ohio House Bill 1 mandates a new licensure system for teachers in Ohio, including a Resident Educator license effective by January 2011.
A four-year Resident Educator program of support and mentoring for new teachers will provide Ohio educators just entering the profession with quality mentoring and guidance essential for a long and flourishing career. Successful completion of the residency program will be required to qualify for a five-year professional educator license.
Highly Qualified Teacher: (HQT)
All veteran teachers of core academic subjects should have met the highly qualified teacher requirement by the beginning of the 2006-2007 school year. All instructional paraprofessionals in Title I buildings or whose positions are paid by Title I targeted assistance funds should also have met the qualified paraprofessional requirement by the beginning of the 2006-2007 school year. All newly hired core academic teachers and instructional paraprofessionals should be highly qualified upon employment.
The Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) Reporting Materials Toolkit has been revised for the 2010-2011 school year. These materials will serve as a guide for Ohio's school administrators to assist in reporting highly qualified teachers and qualified instructional paraprofessionals.
High Quality Professional Development:
The Ohio Department of Education has developed a handbook for educators that provides:
- guidance for educators as they develop their Individual Professional Development Plans (IPDPs), and
- standards-based criteria for Local Professional Development Committees (LPDCs) to use in the evaluation of the IPDP.