Licensure Information

Pursuing Teacher Licensure

In order to meet eligibility requirements for an Ohio teaching license, candidates must:

  • Show proof of earning a bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university
  • Complete the appropriate subject area coursework
  • Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program
  • Earn passing scores on the appropriate state-required licensure examinations

If you do not already hold a bachelor's degree, consult the Department of Teacher Education and Department of Kinesiology and Health websites to learn more about our state-approved teacher preparation programs.

Individuals that already hold a bachelor's degree may request a transcript evaluation to determine what courswork will be required in order to meet the subject area and teacher preparation program requirements. The Transcript Evaluation Request Form is available here.

 


Licensure Examinations

In order to qualify for licensure in the state of Ohio, candidates must earn passing scores on the appropriate state-required licensure examinations in both content and professional knowledge. For all areas except Multi-Age World Languages, the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) fulfills the state's requirement. For World Language, candidates must also earn passing scores on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT). Currently, there is no assessment for Latin.

Updated educator license examination requirements are available on the Ohio Department of Education website.  Exam registration and preparation materials are available at the Ohio Assessments for Educators and Language Testing International websites.

Please consult with an academic advisor prior to registering for any state mandated teacher licensure assessment.

Veterans and Reimbursement: United States military veterans may seek reimbursement for educator licensure tests. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers a reimbursement program for educational expenses which can include the Ohio Assessments for Educa- tors. Download the Department of Veterans Affairs Application (VBA-22-0803- A). When filling out the application, the assessment and fees will need to be included.

Steps to find assessments and fees:

  • Go to the WEMS Licenses/Certifications Search page
  • Enter “OAE” into the L&C name field
  • Select “Both” as the LAC category type
  • Select the state initials “MA” for Massachusetts (location of the OAE testing contractor)
  • Click on the “Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE)” link under the Description column
  • A list of assessments and fees will appear

The reimbursement form can then be completed and submitted. For additional information, please contact your local veteran’s benefits office.

 


Applying for Licenses and Endorsements

Upon completion of all of your course requirements, the posting of your degree (if applicable) and earning passing scores on the appropriate licensure/endorsement examinations (if needed), all candidates must apply for their license through the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) application portal. First-time users of the ODE application portal must set up a SAFE account and request a state ID. 

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Set up an ODE SAFE Account.

  1. Go to the ODE SAFE account website.
  2. Click on the Sign Up button.
  3. Complete and submit the SAFE account request form.

Request a State ID.

  1. Go to the ODE SAFE account website.
  2. Sign into your ODE SAFE account.
  3. Click on the link for ODE.Core.
  4. Click on the Update My Personal Information Option.
  5. Click on the Request State ID button.

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To apply for a NEW 4-Year Resident Educator, 5-Year Professional, 5-Year Adminstrator, or 5-Year Pupil Services License

  1. Go to the ODE SAFE account website.
  2. Log into your ODE SAFE account.
  3. Click on the link for ODE.Core.
  4. Click on the Apply for a NEW License, Permit or Certificate option.
  5. Use the menu of license to select the appropriate application type. Click on the Apply button.
  6. Select that you completed A State Of Ohio approved licensure program.
  7. Complete the first page of the application form.
    • Credential = The type of license for which you are applying (e.g. Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, Intervention Specialist, etc)
    • Effective Year = The year you want your license to begin
    • Teaching Fields = Concentrations, if applicable
    • Endorsements = only select an endorsement if you are qualifying for the endorsement at the same time as you are qualifying for the license
  8. Click on the Save Application and Next button.
  9. Complete the second page of the application form.
    • Military Service = If yes, your application fee will be waived
    • Educator Preparation Information
      • Click on Ohio College or University
      • Click on the magnifying glass
      • Search for Wright State
      • Select Wright State University, IRN 063123
    • Residency
    • Background Checks
      • If this is your first credential through ODE, background checks must be submitted to ODE within the 12 months prior to your application for licensure
      • Click + symbol to see what background checks ODE has on file
    • Legal Questions
    • Applicant Signature
  10. Click on the Save Application and Next button.
  11. Complete the third page of the application.
    • If this is the first time you are applying for this license/endorsement, you DO NOT need to upload documents
    • The exception to this is if you need to upload documents to confirm your military status
  12. Click on the Save Application and Done button.
  13. Pay the application fee.
    • Click on the check box next to the $ symbol
    • Click on the Pay $$$ for selected Applications button
    • Click on the Click here to Pay $$$ button
    • Select a payment method and complete the payment details
  14. Submit the application.

NOTE: If you are applying for one of the following licenses, the Office of Student Services needs some additional information:

  • Principal: Provide letter(s) on school letterhead documenting two years teaching under a provisional or professional teaching license at the age levels for which the principal license is sought.
  • Superintendent: Provide letter(s) on school letterhead documenting three years working under a 5-Year Professional Principal license.
  • Curriculum Instruction and Professional Development (CIPD): Provide letter(s) on school letterhead documenting two years teaching under a professional teaching license.

          Sample letter for documenting teaching for administrative credentials

Please submit supporting documentation to: 

Wright State University, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy, Attn: 378 Allyn Hall CEHS Student Services, Dayton, OH 45435-0001. Documents accepted by email to cehs-ss@wright.edu, or by fax to 937.775.2099 (attn. CEHS Student Services)

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To apply for a NEW Endorsement:

  1. Go to the ODE SAFE account website.
  2. Log into your ODE SAFE account.
  3. Click on the link for ODE.Core.
  4. Click on the Renew, Transition, Add an Area, Extend an RE, or Print My Credential Option.
  5. In the drop-down menu next to your license, select Add an Area.
  6. Click on the Apply button.
  7. Complete the pages of the application form and pay the application fee as detailed above.

NOTE: If you are applying for one of the following licenses, the Office of Student Services needs some additional information:

  • Teacher Leader: Limited to a professional teaching license or permanent teaching certificate. Provide letter(s) on school letterhead documenting four years teaching under a professional teaching license or permanent teaching certificate.

Please submit supporting documentation to: 

Wright State University, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy, Attn: 378 Allyn Hall CEHS Student Services, Dayton, OH 45435-0001. Documents accepted by email to cehs-ss@wright.edu, or by fax to 937.775.2099 (attn. CEHS Student Services)

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To RENEW an existing credential or ADVANCE a 4-Year Resident Educator to a 5-Year Professional license:

  1. Go to the ODE SAFE account website.
  2. Log into your ODE SAFE account.
  3. Click on the link for ODE.Core.
  4. Click on the Renew, Transition, Add an Area, Extend an RE, or Print My Credential Option.
  5. In the drop-down menu next to your license, select the appropriate option (Renew, Advance, Align).
  6. Click on the Apply button.
  7. Complete the pages of the application form and pay the application fee as detailed above.
    • On the third page of the application, you may need to upload documents (e.g. transcripts, professional development information) for license renewal

Once the Office of Student Services has received your online licensure application, your assigned licensure advisor will review your application materials and your academic records. Upon verification that you meet the requirements for the credential you have requested, we will approve your online licensure application through the Ohio Department of Education website. 

You may track the progress of your application through your ODE SAFE account.