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Information for Higher Education Institutions Offering Educator Preparation Programs in Ohio

The Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education is responsible for assuring the continued quality of educator preparation programs that lead to Ohio licensure or endorsement; verifying that educator preparation programs meet state mandates, standards and requirements; developing education program guidelines and enhancements that continuously increase quality and rigor; and reporting on the quality of Ohio educator preparation programs to the public.

Institutions that offer education licensure programs in Ohio must be nationally accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. 

New licensure programs must be approved by the Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education before they are offered.  

 


Requirements

Each licensure program has specific requirements and must align with specific Specialized Professional Association (SPA) or Ohio standards as delineated below. Approved degree levels at which a program may be offered may be found in the Approved Degree Level Chart

To access more information regarding Ohio's Educator Standards or to learn more about the Educator Standards Board (ESB), please visit the ESB website at http://esb.ode.state.oh.us/.

Administrative Specialist

Includes

  • Educational Research
  • Educational Staff Personnel Administration
  • Curriculum, Instruction & Professional Development
  • Pupil Services Administration
  • School-Community Relations
  • Vocational Education Administration

Approved Levels of Offering:

  • Master's degree/Graduate

Program Standards:

Program Requirements:

  • Preparation in: Ohio Standards for Professional Development, Ohio School Operating Standards, Ohio Value-Added Model, Ohio Core Administrative Requirements
  • Substance Addiction Content (Chancellor’s Directive)
Adolescent to Young Adult (7-12)

Approved Levels of Offering:

  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate
  • Post-baccalaureate

Program Requirements:

  • Reading in the Content Area – 3 semester hours, including preparation in dyslexia
  • Preparation in: Ohio Learning Standards, Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession, Ohio Standards for Professional Development, Ohio School Operating Standards, Ohio Value-Added Model, Ohio Core Administrative Requirements, Ohio Requirements for the Resident Educator License
  • A minimum 12-week student teaching internship for initial license, or 50 hours of field for second license
  • Substance Addiction Content (Chancellor’s Directive)

Additional Requirements:

Educator Licensure Program Program Standards Program Requirements
Integrated Language Arts Align to NCTE Standards Ohio Learning Standards for Language Arts and Reading
Integrated Mathematics Align to NCTM Standards  Ohio Learning Standards for Mathematics
Integrated Social Studies Align to NCSS Standards Ohio Learning Standards for Social Studies

Integrated Science

  • Earth Sciences
  • Earth Sciences/Physics
  • Earth Sciences/Chemistry
  • Life Sciences/Earth Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Life Sciences/Physics
  • Life Sciences/Chemistry
  • Physical Science: Chemistry
  • Physical Science: Physics
  • Physical Science: Physics and Chemistry
Align to NSTA Standards Ohio Learning Standards for Science

 

Career-Technical (Grade 4 and Beyond)

 Program Requirements:

  • Reading in the Content Area – 3 semester hours
  • Preparation in Effective Methods of Instruction for Individuals with Dyslexia
  • Preparation in: Ohio Learning Standards, Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession, Ohio Standards for Professional Development, Ohio School Operating Standards, Ohio Value-Added Model, Ohio Core Administrative Requirements, Ohio Requirements for the Resident Educator License
  • A minimum 12-week student teaching internship
  • Substance Addiction Content (Chancellor’s Directive)

Additional Requirements:

Educator Licensure Program Program Standards Program Requirements
Agriscience  Align to Ohio Agriscience Program Standards  
Family & Consumer Sciences Align to Ohio Family and Consumer Sciences Program Standards  
Integrated Business Align to Ohio Integrated Business Program Standards  
Marketing Align to Ohio Marketing Education Program Standards  
Technology Education    
Workforce Development (requires high school diploma) Align to Ohio Career-Technical Workforce Development Teacher Competencies

Minimum of 24 credit hours, including 3 hours of reading in the subject area. ORC 3319.229C

 

Early Childhood Education 

Approved Levels of Offering:

  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate
  • Post-baccalaureate

Program Standards:

Program Requirements:

  • 12 Semester-Hour Reading Core
  • Preparation in: Ohio Learning Standards, Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession, Ohio Standards for Professional Development, Ohio School Operating Standards, Ohio Value-Added Model, Ohio Core Administrative Requirements, Ohio Requirements for the Resident Educator License
  • A minimum 12-week student teaching internship for initial license, or 50 hours of field for second license
  • Substance Addiction Content (Chancellor’s Directive)
Endorsements

Program Requirements:

  • Preparation in: Ohio School Operating Standards, Ohio Standards for Professional Development, Ohio Core Administrative Requirements
  • Substance Addiction Content (Chancellor’s Directive)

Additional Requirements

EDUCATOR LICENSURE PROGRAM

PROGRAM STANDARDS

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS/RULES

Adapted Physical Education

Align to the Ohio Educator Licensure Program Standards for Adapted Physical Education Endorsement

 

Bilingual Education

Align to the Ohio Educator Licensure Program Standards for Bilingual Education Endorsement

 

Career-Based Intervention

Align to the Ohio Educator Licensure Program Standards for Career-Based Intervention CBI Endorsement

 

Career-Technical Work Site Coordinator

Not Available

 

Computer/Technology

Align to ISTE Standards

Note: Submission to the SPA for national recognition is not requisite.

 

Early Childhood Generalist

Align to the requirements for the Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement

Gifted Intervention Specialist

Align to the Ohio Educator Licensure Program Standards for Gifted Intervention Specialist Endorsement

 

Literacy Specialist

Align to the Ohio Educator Licensure Program Standards for Literacy Specialist Endorsement

 

P-6 Mathematics Specialist

Align to the Ohio Educator Licensure Program Standards for Mathematics Specialist Endorsement

 

Middle Childhood Generalist Language Arts/Reading

Align to the requirements for the Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement

Middle Childhood Generalist Science

Align to the requirements for the Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement

Middle Childhood Generalist Social Studies

Align to the requirements for the Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement

Middle Childhood Generalist Mathematics

Align to the requirements for the Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement

Pre-Kindergarten

Align to the Ohio Educator Licensure Program Standards for Pre-Kindergarten Endorsement

 

Pre-Kindergarten Special Needs

Align to the Ohio Educator Licensure Program Standards for Pre-Kindergarten Special Needs Endorsement

 

Reading P-12

Align to the Ohio Reading Competencies

 

School Nurse Wellness Coordinator

Align to the Ohio Educator Licensure Program Standards for School Nurse Wellness Coordinator

 

Science Specialist P-9

Align to the Ohio Educator Licensure Program Standards for Science Specialist Endorsement

 

Teacher Leader P-12

Align to the Ohio Educator Licensure Program Standards for Teacher Leader Endorsement

*By fall 2019, align to the new Teacher Leader Endorsement Standards

 

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Align to the Ohio Educator Licensure Program Standards for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages TESOL Endorsement

 

Transition to Work

Align to the Ohio Educator Licensure Program Standards for Transition to Work Endorsement

 

Urban Principal P-12

Align to the Ohio Educator Licensure Program Standards for Urban Principal Endorsement

  • "Urban Principal Endorsement candidates must successfully complete an extensive structured internship provided by an urban principal preparation program from a college or university in Ohio and in partnership with a school district.  The internship shall include an internship mentor at the participating college or university, an internship mentor principal at the participating school, and at the completion of the internship, evidence of a positive recommendation from the mentor principal.  Evidence shall indicate that the applicant has successfully completed the requirements and has demonstrated effective urban leadership practices." [As retrieved from Ohio Educator Licensure Program Chart (OHELP) February 25, 2011]
Five-Year Associate Licensure

Program Requirements:

 

Additional Requirements:

EDUCATOR LICENSURE PROGRAM

PROGRAM STANDARDS

Educational Paraprofessional

Align to the Ohio Educator Licensure Program Standards for Educational Paraprofessional Associate

Interpreter for the Hearing Impaired

Align to the Ohio Educator Licensure Program Standards for Educational Interpreter for Hearing Impaired

Pre-Kindergarten

Align to and Integrate the Ohio Educator Licensure Program Standards for Pre-Kindergarten Associate and Ohio Early Learning and Development Standards

Intervention Specialist 

Approved Levels of Offering:

  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate
  • Post-baccalaureate

Program Standards:

  • Align to CEC Standards

Program Requirements:

  • 12 Semester-Hour Reading Core
  • Preparation in: Ohio Learning Standards (Core content areas), Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession, Ohio Standards for Professional Development, Ohio School Operating Standards, Ohio Value-Added Model, Ohio Core Administrative Requirements, Ohio Requirements for the Resident Educator License
  • A minimum 12-week student teaching internship for initial license, or 50 hours of field for second license
  • Substance Addiction Content (Chancellor’s Directive)

Additional Requirements:

Educator Licensure Program Program Standards Program Requirements
Early Childhood Intervention Specialist (Pk-3) Align to CEC and NAECY Standards  
Gifted (k-12) Align to CEC Standards  
Hearing Impaired (k-12) Align to CEC Standards  
Mild/Moderate Needs (k-12) Align to CEC Standards  
Moderate/Intensive Needs (k-12) Align to CEC Standards  
Visually Impaired Align to CEC Standards  

 

Middle Childhood Education

 Approved Levels of Offering:

  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate
  • Post-baccalaureate

Program Standards:

  • All Areas Align to AMLE Standards

Program Requirements:

  • 12 Semester-Hour Reading Core
  • Preparation in: Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession, Ohio Standards for Professional Development, Ohio School Operating Standards, Ohio Value-Added Model, Ohio Core Administrative Requirements, Ohio Requirements for the Resident Educator License
  • A minimum 12-week student teaching internship for initial license, or 50 hours of field for second license
  • Substance Addiction Content (Chancellor’s Directive)

Additional Requirements:

Educator Licensure Program Program Standards Program Requirements
  • Language Arts and Reading (4-9)
Align to NCTE Standards for Content Ohio Learning Standards for Language Arts and Reading
  • Mathematics (4-9)
Align to NCTM Standards for Content Ohio Learning Standards for Mathematics
  • Science (4-9)
Align to NSTA Standards for Content Ohio Learning Standards for Science
  • Social Studies (4-9)
Align to NCSS Standards for Content Ohio Learning Standards for Social Studies

 

Multi-Age (PK-12)

 Approved Levels of Offering:

  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate
  • Post-baccalaureate

Program Requirements:

  • Reading in the Content Area – 3 semester hours
  • Preparation in Effective Methods of Instruction for Individuals with Dyslexia
  • Preparation in: Ohio Learning Standards, Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession, Ohio Standards for Professional Development, Ohio School Operating Standards, Ohio Value-Added Model, Ohio Core Administrative Requirements, Ohio Requirements for the Resident Educator License
  • A minimum 12-week student teaching internship for initial license, or 50 hours of field for second license
  • Substance Addiction Content (Chancellor’s Directive)

Additional Requirements:

Educator Licensure Program Program Standards Program Requirements
American Sign Language Align to Ohio American Sign Language Program Standards  
Computer Information Science Align to Ohio Computer Information Science Program Standards  
Dance Align to NASD Standards or the Ohio Dance Standards  
Drama/Theatre Align to NAST Standards or Ohio Drama/Theatre Program Standards  
Health Align to SHAPE Standards  
Library/Media Align to ALA Standards  
Music Align to NASM Standards or Ohio Music Program Standards  
Physical Education Align to SHAPE Standards  
TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Align to TESOL Standards  
Visual Arts Align to NASAD Standards or Ohio Visual Arts Program Standards  

World Languages:

Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Spanish
Align to ACTFL Standards  

 

Principal & Superintendent

Includes:

  • Principal PK-6
  • Principal 4-9
  • Principal 5-12
  • Superintendent

Approved Levels of Offering:

  • Master’s degree/Graduate

Program Standards:

Program Requirements:

  • Minimum 2 years teaching experience in grade band sought.
  • Preparation in: Ohio Learning Standards, Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession, Ohio Standards for Professional Development, Ohio School Operating Standards, Ohio Value-Added Model, Ohio Core Administrative Requirements, Ohio Requirements for the Resident Educator License
  • Substance Addiction Content (Chancellor’s Directive)
Professional School Business Manager & Treasurer

Includes:

  • School Business Manager
  • School Treasurer

Approved Levels of Offering:

  • Post-Baccalaureate
  • Graduate

Program Standards:

Program Requirements:

Pupil Services

Program Requirements:

  • Preparation in: Ohio School Operating Standards, Ohio Standards for Professional Development, Ohio Core Administrative Requirements
  • Substance Addiction Content (Chancellor’s Directive)

Additional Requirements

Educator Licensure Program Program Standards Program Requirements
School Audiologist Align to ASHA Standards  
School Counselor Align to CACREP Standards

Preparation in: Ohio Means Jobs interactive tool for career advising, knowledge of current resources on supply and demand for Ohio Careers, Ohio career Connections resources

School Nurse Align to Ohio School Nurse Standards  
School Psychologist Align to NASP Standards  
School Speech-Language Pathologist Align to ASHA Standards  
School Social Worker Align to NASW Standards  

Program Submission Process

  • Contact EdPrep@highered.ohio.gov if you have questions.
  • State reviews happen twice a year. The deadlines are October 15 and March 15. All submissions are due by 5pm on the established due date. If the 15th falls on a weekend, the deadline is the following Monday. 
  • Forms may be modified each semester. Please double check the date on your forms and be sure that you are using the most recent available by accessing the links below. 
  • For Program Change requests, please contact EdPrep@highered.ohio.gov and indicate what kind of change you are making. The appropriate form will then be sent.
  • Required Ohio Standards Crosswalk
  • Once a program is reviewed, it is posted for public comment. If no comments are recieved or the comments have been addressed, the program is then sent for Chancellor's signature. 

It is the responsibility of each institution to ensure that each of its programs holds current Chancellor approval. It is recommended that institutions submit proposals seeking continued program approval no later than six months prior to the end of the program’s approval period. This will help to ensure that any revisions may take place without a lapse in approval. Programs that do not achieve continuing approval by the prior approval period deadline no longer hold State approval and are automatically in a “teach-out mode,” holding authority solely to complete the preparation of currently enrolled candidates and the authority to recommend only those individuals to the Ohio Department of Education for licensure [Ohio Administrative Code 3301-24-03 (E)]. In a situation of lapsed approval, a program holds no authority to admit or enroll new candidates.

 
New Program Review
  • New program proposals should follow the Full State Review as listed below under Continuting Program Review.
 
Continuing Program Review

Ohio institutions may select one of the two options below for continuing program review*:

Option 1. Limited State Review [available only to programs holding full Specialized Professional Association (SPA) recognition and programs that followed CAEP Review with Feeedback*]: This option requires submission of evidence to the Ohio Department of Higher Education of evidence demonstrating alignment to Ohio-Specific Requirements, e.g. Value-Added, Dyslexia, Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession, Ohio School Operating Standards - To be completed according to the state program approval deadline for each program  *CAEP Program Review with Feedback is completed as part of EPP Accreditation Review. CAEP Technical Guide for this option is here

​​Limited State Review Forms:

Limited State Review - Initial Licensure
Limited State Review - Endorsement and Advanced Licensure 

Option 2. Full State Review - To be completed according to the state program approval deadline for each program, located on Chancellor authorization letter. Requires submission of documentation including syllabi, faculty CVs, program sheets and and evidence demonstrating alignment to Ohio-Specific Requirements, such as Reading Core, Dyslexia, and Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession.

Full State Review Forms:
Full State Review - Initial Licensure

Full State Review - Endorsement and Advanced Licensure

Post-baccalaureate options that completely overlap with already approved undergraduate or graduate programs (candidates enroll in the same courses as the degree seeking students) do not need to be reviewed separately. Only programs designed to stand on their own with separate admissions requirements and coursework need to be submitted as a stand-alone program. 

Guidelines and procedures for approval of new programs and changes to existing programs are described in the Ohio Department of Higher Education Guidelines and Procedures for Academic Program Review.  

Please direct questions about the Ohio educator preparation program proposal process to: EdPrep@highered.ohio.gov.

 

Alternative Educator Institutes

Alternative educator licenses are established in Ohio Revised Code 3319.26

There are 2 phases in alternative licensing in Ohio:

  1. Intensive Pedagogical Training Institute or Summer Institute (pre-licensure)
  2. Professional Development Institute (post-licensure)

The Ohio Department of Education will be evaluating individual applicants for eligibility and providing documentation to that individual. This documentation serves as an institution’s admission clearance to pursue the pre-service training. Once the training is complete, the offering institution will sign an ODE form that the applicant returns to ODE in exchange for a certificate that shows that the person is eligible for hire in a district. That district then submits the request for an alternative resident educator license to ODE.

An Alternative Resident Educator must then complete a Professional Development Institute, along with completing all other Resident Educator requirements, before being eligible to advance to the professional license.

Non-profit organizations may propose offering any and all of the institute options. Institutes may be designed to be generic and meet basic needs for all available alternative licenses, or specific to address the needs of individual licenses (for example, coursework meeting the legislated requirements through a focus on intervention specialist).

For more information about the licenses, review the Ohio Department of Education’s page: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Teaching/Licensure/Resident-License-Options/Alternative-Resident-Educator-Licenses

Alternative Educator Institute Forms:


Fees

Ohio Administrative Code establishes national accreditation as a pre-requisite to program approval. All educator preparation licensure programs must be approved by the Chancellor before enrolling students. Periodic review of license and endorsement programs will occur on a schedule determined by ODHE. The table below describes the review types and associated fees. Fees apply only to non-public and out-of-state institutions.

Fees for non-public and out-of-state institutions

Fees for non-public and out-of-state institutions are as follows:

Activity

Fee

Fee for Additional Programs within the Same Subject Area

Fee for the Same Program at Different Levels

Full State Review: License

$1,000

$500

$500

Full State Review: Endorsement

$500

$250

N/A

Limited State Review: License or Endorsement

$200

$100

N/A

CAEP Review with Feedback (replaces SPA review of individual programs)

$0

$0

$0

CAEP Visit

$750/per person/per day

N/A

N/A

State Continuing Program Audit

$750/per person/per day

N/A

N/A

Change Request:  Curriculum Modification to an Approved Program

$250

$250

N/A

Change Request:  
Add Delivery Sites to a Current Program

$500

$250

$250

Change Request:  Delivery Mode, e.g. traditional, online, or hybrid, of an Approved Program

$500

$100

$100

Change Request:  Place an Approved Program into Dormancy

$0

$0

$0