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Alternative Resident Educator Institute

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The alternative resident educator license is an accelerated pathway to classroom teaching for those individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education. This pathway allows students, schools, and communities to benefit from the candidates' content-related knowledge, life experiences, and successful career experiences. Those interested in alternative licensure should review the Ohio Department of Education webpage for a full overview of the alternative licensure process and available licenses.

Individuals pursuing an Alternative Resident Educator License in Ohio must complete an Alternative Resident Educator Institute (AREI) that has been approved by the Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education. While the AREI is only one aspect of the alternative licensure process, it is critical for gaining information about the knowledge, dispositions, and pedagogical skills that are necessary to be an educator in P-12 schools.


Wright State University’s Alternative Resident Educator Institute is a 6-week program that includes face-to-face instruction, online instruction, out of classroom activities, and limited experience(s) in one or more P-12 schools. Participants in the program will have the opportunity to learn not only from WSU teacher education faculty, but also from P-12 teachers and/or administrators.

Each week of the institute focuses on a particular theme, including: 

  • Introduction to Education
  • Learning/Motivation/Development
  • Diverse Learners
  • Assessment
  • Interdisciplinary Methods
  • Content Methods

Program participants will create a culminating project that will assist them in preparing for their first days as a licensed classroom teacher.

Program Dates and Fees

Summer 2021

Please check back for additional details on our Summer 2021 institute plans.

Location: Wright State University Dayton Campus and area P-12 school sites

Institute Fee: $1500.00 (tentative)

Please note that we must reach a minimum of 15 participants for the institute to be offered. If we have less than 15 participants, all payments will be refunded.

Admission Requirements

  • Application, due March 15, 2021.
  • State of Ohio Alternative Resident Educator Institute Confirmation Registration Letter
  • BCI/FBI background check, no more than six months old

Admissions Process

The AREI is not a graduate program nor does it lead to any graduate-level credit hours. As such, applicants are not required to apply to the Wright State University Graduate School.


If you have any questions about the application form, the process for admissions, and/or admission notifications, please contact the department Graduate Assistant at In the subject line, be sure to include "AREI".

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