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Want to become a teacher in Ohio? Or are you already an Ohio educator and want to further your career? Be sure to also read the Ohio Department of Education's site to stay current on requirements.
Currently licensed teachers wishing to pursue an endorsement or second license may search our program finder for authorized Ohio programs. Information on pursuing an advanced license is below.
If you do not already hold a license, you have a number of options. Most licenses require at least a Bachelor's Degree. There are 4 options to pursue a license: a bachelor degree program that includes the licensure requirements, a post-baccalaureate program that provides only the licensure courses, a Master's Degree with licensure, or the Alternative License. You may search our Program Finder to see which institutions are authorized to offer licenses in Ohio. Please note that there are many online institutions that advertise licensure programs, but they may not meet the Ohio requirements unless they are authorized through the Ohio Department of Higher Education. A full listing of Ohio licenses and descriptions is below.
Career Changers with Career Experience but no Baccalaureate Degree
If you have five years or more of full-time experience in a career field related to agriculture, health careers, business, family and consumer sciences, marketing, or trade and industry, you may eligible to pursue the Career-Technical Workforce Development license. For more information on becoming a Career-Technical Workforce Development teacher, please review the information on the Ohio Department of Education's Career Tech requirements site.
Ohio Educator Licenses
Below is an entire list of Ohio’s first teaching licenses organized by age ranges.Click on each license type for a brief description including the teaching fields available within each license.
1. Primary (PK-5) Licensure
This license requires a baccalaureate degree (or higher) and allows you to teach students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade.
*Ohio also offers a Pre-kindergarten license at the Associate Degree level which allows you to teach just students in Pre-kindergarten (see 8. below).
2. Primary Intervention Specialist (PK-5) Licensure
This license requires a baccalaureate degree (or higher) and allows you to teach students with special needs in grades Pre-Kindergarten to 5th grade.
3. Middle Childhood Licensure
This license requires a baccalaureate degree (or higher) and allows you to teach students grades 4 through 9 in at least two of the following teaching fields:
- Language Arts and Reading
- Social Studies
4. Adolescence to Young Adult (AYA) Licensure
This license requires a baccalaureate degree (or higher) and allows you to teach students in grades 7 through 12 in one specific content area. Specificcontent areas include the following:
- Integrated Language Arts
- Integrated Mathematics
- Integrated Social Studies
There are 11 science fields in the AYA license. Some licenses would allow you to teach just one specific area in science, while others would allow you to teach multiple areas of science:
- Earth Sciences
- Earth Sciences/Chemistry
- Earth Sciences/ Physics
- Integrated Science
- Life Sciences (aka Biology)
- Life Sciences/Chemistry
- Life Sciences/Earth Sciences
- Life Sciences/Physics
- Physical Sciences: Chemistry
- Physical Sciences: Physics
- Physical Sciences (Chemistry and Physics)
5. Intervention Specialist Licensure
This license requires a baccalaureate degree (or higher) and allows you to teach students with special needs in the following teaching fields:
- Gifted (K-12)
- Mild/Moderate Educational Needs (K-12)
- Moderate/Intensive Educational Needs (K-12)
- Visually Impaired (PK-12)
- Hearing Impaired (PK-12)
- Orientation & Mobility (Pk-12)
*Ohio also offers an Interpreter for Hearing Impaired license at the Associate Degree level (see 8. below) and an Early Childhood Intervention Specialist license (see 2. above).
6. Multi-Age Licensure
This license requires a baccalaureate degree (or higher) and allows you to teach in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade in a specific content area. The content areas include:
- American Sign Language
- Computer Information Science
- Physical Education
- TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
- Visual Arts
7. Career Technical Licensure
This license allows you to teach students grades 4 through 12 in areas related to agriculture, health careers, business, family and consumer sciences, marketing, and trade and industry. Eligibility for this license is achieved via alternative pathways overseen by the Ohio Department of Education.
8. Associate Licensure
This license requires an associate degree (or higher) and includes the following fields:
- Educational Paraprofessional
- Interpreter for Hearing Impaired
9. Pupil Services
The Pupil Services license includes the following fields most of which are earned at the graduate level:
- School Audiologist
- School Social Worker
- School Speech – Language Pathologist
- School Psychologist
- School Nurse
- Orientation and Mobility Specialist
- Occupational Therapist
- Physical Therapist
10. Alternative Resident Educator
The Alternative Resident Educator is available for specific content areas that are in high need in Ohio. Information on how apply for this license is available through the Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Educator Licensure.
Have a better idea of what type of teacher you are interested in becoming? Once you know the types of licenses and teaching fields you are interested in, you may use the Educator Licensure Program Finder, which provides a searchable directory of institutions holding Chancellor approval to offer a program that leads to an Ohio license or endorsement.
Educator licensure programs in Ohio must include all of the components required by Ohio law for the program to be approved by the Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education. To be recommended for the Ohio Resident Educator License, you must complete a Chancellor-approved educator preparation program and pass the requisite Ohio Assessments for Educators required for the teaching license you are pursuing. The Associate License - 5 Year is not included in the Ohio Resident Educator Program.
Please review the Ohio Department of Education's site for information on forms and policies related to renewing your current educator license. Please note that if you are taking coursework for credit, the Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Education recognizes degree programs from out-of-state institutions that have been approved by a regional accreditor.
Adding a License or Endorsement
If you are interested in adding additional Ohio educator license or endorsement to your first license and have chosen the license or endorsement you wish to pursue, use the Education Program Finder to search for institutions approved by the Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education to offer programs leading to that credential. Also be sure to explore the option of a supplemental teaching license if your district is asking you to teach in a new area. If you are still exploring what license or endorsement you wish to add to our current Ohio educator license, click on the links below to further explore Ohio’s advanced licensure areas:
- Adapted Physical Education (limited to Physical Education license))
- Career Based Intervention
- Career-Technical Work-Site Teacher/Coordinator (limited to career-tech license)
- Driver Education (limited to Young Adult or Multi-Age teacher license)
- Early Childhood (grades 4-5) Generalist (limited to an Early Childhood P-3 license)
- Gifted Intervention Specialist K-12
- Literacy Specialist
- Mathematics Specialist (PK-6)
- Middle Childhood Generalist (grades 4-6)
- Prekindergarten Special Needs
- School Nurse Wellness Coordinator
- Science Specialist (PK-9)
- Teacher Leader (limited to a professional teaching license or permanent teaching certificate)
- TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages)
- Transition to Work (limited to Intervention Specialist license or Career-Tech)
- Urban Principal (may be added to a standard principal license or certificate)
Administrative Specialist Licensure
This license requires a master’s degree (or higher). Specific license fields include the following:
- Educational Research
- Educational Staff Personnel Administration
- Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development
- Pupil Services Administration
- School-Community Relations
- Vocational Education Administration
This license requires a master’s degree (or higher). The Principal’s license is broken apart into three separate fields:
- Principal - Grades PK-6 (for those with an early childhood, middle childhood, multi-age, or intervention specialist license)
- Principal - Grades 4-9 (for those with a middle childhood, multi-age, adolescence to young adult, intervention specialist, or career technical license)
- Principal - Grades 5-12 (for those with a middle childhood, multi-age, intervention specialist, adolescence to young adult, or career technical license)
This license requires a master’s degree (or higher) and can be added to a principal or administrative specialist license.
Pupil Services – School Counselor*
This license requires a master’s degree (or higher). Teachers with two years of successful teaching experience under a standard teaching certificate, or provisional or professional teacher license can complete an approved preparation program and complete an internship consisting of six hundred contact hours in a school setting.
*The Pupil Services license also includes the following fields: School Audiologist; School Social Worker; School Speech –Language Pathologist; School Psychologist; School Nurse; Orientation and Mobility Specialist; Occupational Therapist; and Physical Therapist. However, these do not have programs that directly target educators with teaching experience.