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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. Ohio specific requirements are outlined in the following chart
 
Administrative Specialist

Approved Levels of Offering:

  • Master's degree/Graduate

Program Standards:

  • Align to NELP Standards
  • Please use the attached crosswalk to demonstrate alignment to standards

Program Requirements:

  • Preparation in: Ohio Standards for Professional Development, Ohio School Operating Standards, Ohio Value-Added Model
  • Substance Addiction Content: (1) Information on the magnitude of opioid and other substance abuse; (2) The role educators and other school personnel can play in educating students about the adverse effects of opioid and other substance abuse; (3) Resources available to teach students about the consequences of opioid and substance abuse; (4) Resources available to help fight and treat opioid abuse.
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
  • An academic major or its equivelent with sufficient advanced coursework in all areas to be taught. 
  • 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 Requirements for the Resident Educator License
  • A minimum of 100 hours of field experience prior to student teaching internship for initial license.
  • A minimum 12-week student teaching internship for initial license, or 50 hours of field for second license
  • Substance Addiction Content: (1) Information on the magnitude of opioid and other substance abuse; (2) The role educators and other school personnel can play in educating students about the adverse effects of opioid and other substance abuse; (3) Resources available to teach students about the consequences of opioid and substance abuse; (4) Resources available to help fight and treat opioid abuse.

Additional Requirements:

Educator Licensure Program Program Standards Program Requirements
Integrated Language Arts
  • Align to NCTE Standards
  • Please use the following crosswalk to align to standards
Ohio Learning Standards for Language Arts and Reading
Integrated Mathematics
  • Align to NCTM Standards 
  • Please use the following crosswalk to align to standards
Ohio Learning Standards for Mathematics
Integrated Social Studies
  • Align to NCSS Standards
  • Please use the following crosswalk to align to 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
  • Please use the following crosswalk to align to 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 Requirements for the Resident Educator License
  • A minimum 12-week student teaching internship
  • Substance Addiction Content: (1) Information on the magnitude of opioid and other substance abuse; (2) The role educators and other school personnel can play in educating students about the adverse effects of opioid and other substance abuse; (3) Resources available to teach students about the consequences of opioid and substance abuse; (4) Resources available to help fight and treat opioid abuse.

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
  • Please use the following crosswalk to align to standards
 
Integrated Business Align to Ohio Integrated Business Program Standards  
Marketing
  • Align to Ohio Marketing Education Program Standards
  • Please use the following crosswalk to align to standards
 
Technology Education (Industrial Arts)    
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

 

Dual Programs

Program Requirements:

  • More info coming soon!

Additional Requirements:

Educator Licensure Program Program Standards Program Requirements
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Endorsements

Program Requirements:

  • Preparation in: Ohio School Operating Standards specific to the area of endorsement, Ohio Standards for Professional Development
  • Substance Addiction Content: (1) Information on the magnitude of opioid and other substance abuse; (2) The role educators and other school personnel can play in educating students about the adverse effects of opioid and other substance abuse; (3) Resources available to teach students about the consequences of opioid and substance abuse; (4) Resources available to help fight and treat opioid abuse.

Additional Requirements

 

EDUCATOR LICENSURE PROGRAM

PROGRAM STANDARDS

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS/RULES

Adapted Physical Education

May only be added to a Physical Education license

Bilingual Education

 

Career-Based Intervention

 

Computer Science

  • Align to ISTE Standards for Computer Science Educators.
  • Please use the attached crosswalk

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

 

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

 

P-6 Mathematics Specialist

 

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

 

Pre-Kindergarten Special Needs

 

Reading K-12

Pre-req is 12 hour reading core, including the 3 hour Phonics.

School Nurse Wellness Coordinator

 

Teacher Leader P-12

 

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

 

Transition to Work

 

Urban Principal P-12

  • "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:

  • Fulfillment of General Education Requirements for Associate Degree Programs
  • Alignment to the Ohio Transfer Policy and Education Transfer Assurance Guides (TAGs) compliance for Ohio’s public institutions
  • Preparation on the Ohio School Operating Standards (OAC Chapter 3301-35)
  • Substance Addiction Content: (1) Information on the magnitude of opioid and other substance abuse; (2) The role educators and other school personnel can play in educating students about the adverse effects of opioid and other substance abuse; (3) Resources available to teach students about the consequences of opioid and substance abuse; (4) Resources available to help fight and treat opioid abuse.

 

Additional Requirements:

EDUCATOR LICENSURE PROGRAM

PROGRAM STANDARDS

Educational Paraprofessional

Interpreter for the Hearing Impaired

Pre-Kindergarten

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 Requirements for the Resident Educator License
  • A minimum of 100 hours of field experience prior to student teaching internship for initial license
  • A minimum 12-week student teaching internship for initial license, or 50 hours of field for second license
  • Substance Addiction Content: (1) Information on the magnitude of opioid and other substance abuse; (2) The role educators and other school personnel can play in educating students about the adverse effects of opioid and other substance abuse; (3) Resources available to teach students about the consequences of opioid and substance abuse; (4) Resources available to help fight and treat opioid abuse.

Additional Requirements:

Educator Licensure Program Program Standards Program Requirements
Early Childhood Intervention Specialist (Pk-3)/P-5 Primary Intervention Specialist 
  • Align to CEC and NAECY Standards
  • Use the attached crosswalk

A semester course, or the equivalent, including the following: (1) Positive behavior intervention and supports and social-emotional development; (2) Classroom systems for establishing the foundation for positive behavior, such as supervision, acknowledgment, prompts, and precorrection; (3) Classroom systems for responding to unwanted behavior, including error correction and other strategies; (4) Classroom data collection systems; (5) Effective instructional strategies and how to implement them with fidelity; (6) Matching curriculum to student needs and data; (7) The impact of trauma, toxic stress, and other environmental variables on learning behavior.

Gifted (k-12)
  • Align to CEC Standards
  • Use the attached crosswalk
 
Hearing Impaired (k-12)
  • Align to CEC Standards
  • Use the attached crosswalk
 
Mild/Moderate Needs (k-12)
  • Align to CEC Standards
  • Use the attached crosswalk
 
Moderate/Intensive Needs (k-12)
  • Align to CEC Standards
  • Use the attached crosswalk
 
Visually Impaired
  • Align to CEC Standards
  • Use the attached crosswalk
 

 

Middle Childhood Education

 Approved Levels of Offering:

  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate
  • Post-baccalaureate

Program Standards:

  • All Areas Align to AMLE Standards
  • Please use the attached crosswalk to demonstrate alignment 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 Requirements for the Resident Educator License
  • A minimum of 100 hours of field experience prior to student teaching internship for initial license
  • A minimum 12-week student teaching internship for initial license, or 50 hours of field for second license
  • Substance Addiction Content: (1) Information on the magnitude of opioid and other substance abuse; (2) The role educators and other school personnel can play in educating students about the adverse effects of opioid and other substance abuse; (3) Resources available to teach students about the consequences of opioid and substance abuse; (4) Resources available to help fight and treat opioid abuse.

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
  • An academic major or its equivalent with sufficient advanced coursework in all areas to be taught 
  • 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 Requirements for the Resident Educator License
  • A minimum of 100 hours of field experience prior to student teaching internship for initial 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
  • Please use attached crosswalk
 
Computer Information Science
  • Align to Ohio Computer Information Science Program Standards
  • Please use attached crosswalk
 
Dance
  • Align to NASD Standards or the Ohio Dance Standards
  • Please use attached crosswalk
 
Drama/Theatre
  • Align to NAST Standards or Ohio Drama/Theatre Program Standards
  • Please use attached crosswalk
 
Health
  • Align to SHAPE Standards
  • Please use attached crosswalk
 
Library/Media
  • Align to ALA Standards
  • Please use attached crosswalk
 
Music
  • Align to NASM Standards or Ohio Music Program Standards
  • Please use attached crosswalk
 
Physical Education
  • Align to SHAPE Standards
  • Please use attached crosswalk
 
TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Align to TESOL Standards
  • Please use attached crosswalk
 
Visual Arts
  • Align to NASAD Standards or Ohio Visual Arts Program Standards
  • Please use attached crosswalk
 

World Languages:

Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Spanish
  • Align to ACTFL Standards
  • Please use attached crosswalk
 

 

Primary (pk-5) 

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 Requirements for the Resident Educator License
  • A minimum of 100 hours of field experience prior to student teaching internship for initial license
  • A minimum 12-week student teaching internship for initial license, or 50 hours of field for second license
  • Substance Addiction Content: (1) Information on the magnitude of opioid and other substance abuse; (2) The role educators and other school personnel can play in educating students about the adverse effects of opioid and other substance abuse; (3) Resources available to teach students about the consequences of opioid and substance abuse; (4) Resources available to help fight and treat opioid abuse.
  • A semester course, or the equivalent, including the following: (1) Positive behavior intervention and supports and social-emotional development; (2) Classroom systems for establishing the foundation for positive behavior, such as supervision, acknowledgment, prompts, and precorrection; (3) Classroom systems for responding to unwanted behavior, including error correction and other strategies; (4) Classroom data collection systems; (5) Effective instructional strategies and how to implement them with fidelity; (6) Matching curriculum to student needs and data; (7) The impact of trauma, toxic stress, and other environmental variables on learning behavior.

Principal & Superintendent

Includes:

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

Approved Levels of Offering:

  • Master’s degree/Graduate

Program Standards:

  • Align to PSEL or NELP Standards
  • Please use the respective crosswalk to demonstrate alignment to standards

Program Requirements:

  • Principal: Minimum 2 years teaching experience in grade band sought, Minimum 200 internship hours.
  • 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 Requirements for the Resident Educator License
  • Substance Addiction Content: (1) Information on the magnitude of opioid and other substance abuse; (2) The role educators and other school personnel can play in educating students about the adverse effects of opioid and other substance abuse; (3) Resources available to teach students about the consequences of opioid and substance abuse; (4) Resources available to help fight and treat opioid abuse.
Professional School Business Manager & Treasurer

Includes:

  • School Business Manager
  • School Treasurer

Approved Levels of Offering:

  • Post-Baccalaureate
  • Graduate

Program Standards:

Program Requirements:

  • Preparation in: School Operating Standards (OAC Chapter 3301-35)
  • Substance Addiction Content: (1) Information on the magnitude of opioid and other substance abuse; (2) The role educators and other school personnel can play in educating students about the adverse effects of opioid and other substance abuse; (3) Resources available to teach students about the consequences of opioid and substance abuse; (4) Resources available to help fight and treat opioid abuse.
Pupil Services

Program Requirements:

  • Preparation in: Ohio School Operating Standards  specific to the area of licensure, Ohio Standards for Professional Development
  • Substance Addiction Content: (1) Information on the magnitude of opioid and other substance abuse; (2) The role educators and other school personnel can play in educating students about the adverse effects of opioid and other substance abuse; (3) Resources available to teach students about the consequences of opioid and substance abuse; (4) Resources available to help fight and treat opioid abuse.

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
  • Please use attached crosswalk
 
School Psychologist Align to NASP Standards  
School Speech-Language Pathologist Align to ASHA Standards  
School Social Worker Align to CSWE Standards  
Orientation and Mobility Align to ACVREP 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 to receive the appropriate form: Curriculum Modification (for more than 50% content changes); Dormancy/Deactivation (program will no longer be run, institution's have 5 years from point of dormancy to reactivate without going through full review if 7-year required review does not fall in that period); Reactivation (program in dormancy less than 5 years will be run again).
  • Once a program is reviewed, it is posted for public comment. If no comments are received or the comments have been addressed, the program is then sent for Chancellor's signature. 
  • If you are looking for the signed approval letter for a program, begin by searching the approved programs system. 

Manual and Forms

 

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.

 

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 two 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 a Confirmation Registration Letter to that individual. This documentation serves as an institution’s admission clearance to pursue the pre-service training. Institutions should check the date in the middle of the letter to ensure that the letter has not expired. Once the training is complete, the offering institution will sign an ODE created Certification of Completion 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.

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).

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