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EdPrep Beginner's Guide

Are you new to your position or newly responsible for state-level requirements, reports, and accreditation? The Beginner's Guide to the Ohio Department of Higher Education Educator Preparation manual provides basic information about licensure program requirements, the approval process, state reporting, and other tips to try to make the work easier. CLICK THE IMAGE TO DOWNLOAD (PDF)

Stay Informed

The Ohio Department of Higher Education hosts a listserv for Educator Preparation faculty and staff. Please email EdPrep@highered.ohio.gov to be added to the list.

Bi-Monthly newsletters include policy updates, procedure deadlines, and other just-in-time information that will aid in Ed Prep work. These are sent via the listerv and the previous 10 archived here as PDFs:  

Accountability and Continuous Improvement Resources


Accreditation Review Resources

  • The following is a list of Ohio Licenses and Endorsements that fall under the Advanced Program category for CAEP review, as determined in consultation with CAEP September 26, 2018.
    • Programs that require all Advanced Program Standards*:
      • Principal (all grade bands)
        Administrative Specialist
        School Audiologist
        School Counselor
        Orientation and Mobility Specialist
        School Psychologist
        School Social Worker
        School Speech-Language Pathologist
        *Programs accredited by a CHEA body do not need to go through CAEP review, simply note your accreditation in your reports. A list of approved bodies may be found on CAEP's SPA page. 
        *School Nurse is not reviewed by CAEP 
    • Programs that are "Add-On" and require just Standard A.1.1. 
      Add-on programs are defined as programs designed for educators who hold valid teaching licensure and are seeking to add additional teaching field(s), and for programs that lead to licensure, but for which the licensing authority (e.g., state or country) does not require completion of an internship for eligibility. These programs do not lead to a degree, but may lead to a certificate. Add-on programs require a licensure examination or an assessment of candidate proficiency to understand and apply knowledge and skills in the specialty licensure area that provides access to employment in a P-12 setting. They are reviewed under CAEP Standard A.1, component A.1.1, and require the EPP to submit evidence of candidate content knowledge documented by state licensure test scores and other proficiency measures. (From Version 1.1 CAEP Advanced Standards Handbook) 
      • Adapted Physical Education
        Career Based Intervention
        Career-Technical Work-Site Teacher/Coordinator
        Gifted Intervention Specialist
        Literacy Specialist
        Early Childhood Generalist 
        Transition to Work
        Prekindergarten Special Needs
        P-6 Mathematics Specialist
        P-6 Science Specialist 
        Middle Childhood Generalist 
        Transition to Work
        Teacher Leader
        Urban Principal
        *endorsements completed with the initial license would not fall into add-on because the candidate does not hold a valid teaching license. 
        *Post-bac or graduate licensure programs that require an initial license for admission are second licensure programs and fall under the Add-On category. 

Guidance for Programs

Guidance on Faculty Credentialing for Educator Preparation Program

Educator Preparation programs must follow the faculty guidelines set in the Academic Program Approval Guidelines. An additional guidance document to highlight the requirements specific to educator preparation os being provided to assist in understanding. 

Conversion to the new P-5  and P-5 Intervention Licensure Bands

Ohio University hosted a panel discussion regarding the transition to the new bands. A recording of that disucussion is available on youtube

The standards that will be used for P-5 are the CAEP Elementary Standards. P-5 Intervention will continue to align to CEC. 

Fall 2019 (or sooner if you choose), EPPs begin conversion of curriculum to align to the new standards.
Spring 2020 ODE Office of Educator Licensure will offer P-5 as an option for e-signing.  
Fall 2020 First Semester First-Year students begin under P-5 program requirements, no new students enrolled into early childhood licensure programs. (Programs may start as early as Fall 2019, but no later than fall 2020.)
June 30, 2024 Last issuance date for p-3 licenses. Only candidates on teach-out lists submitted that spring will be granted a license after this date. 

Currently approved Early Childhood licensure programs do not need to go through state review upon conversion. Beginning in Fall 2020, program review submissions for early childhood should be submitted as the P-5 program.   

Guidance on Paid Student Teaching Experiences: Student Teachers who are on a substitute teaching license, alternative license, or paraprofessional license may stay in the classroom in which they work. The EPP should establish and MOU with the school or district that clearly outlines the following roles and understandings:

  1. The school/district recognizes that the employee will be completing school requirements during working hours.
  2. The school/district will supply a mentor teacher who can periodically observe and provide feedback, just as a cooperating teacher would.
  3. The EPP will provide an institution employee to serve as the field supervisor for the candidate, and will conduct observations and feedback that are provided to all student teaching candidates. 

Guidance on the inclusion of licensure-only students in a baccalaureate licensure program: Undergraduate Post-Baccalaureate programs only need state approval if they meet the following:

  1. The coursework for the program is run separately from the undergraduate licensure courses and admissions requirements are different.
  1. No undergraduate program is available and you have a licensure program that stands completely on its own. Students enrolling in your licensure-only option must be admitted into the program using the same qualifications that degree-seeking students are required to meet, and all requirements for the license must be completed. 


Substance Abuse Prevention

Ohio UniversityOhio State University, and Kent State University have developed modules to use for pre-service programs. Please be sure to credit them if you choose to use either. 

The Ohio Attorney General's office has released a Drug Use Prevention Education Resource guide as well. 

ODE Office of Professional Conduct ABConduct TipSheets

Educators have a visible place in their communities. The choices they make, even when well-intended, can affect their families, jobs, schools and profession. The Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Education Association and Ohio Federation of Teachers offer this series of tip sheets supported by the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators and Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators on how to recognize situations which can get good educators in trouble.

ODE Human Capital Resource Center

The Human Capital Resource Center is a website designed to assist people interested in becoming educators, as well as current educators speaking with potential educators, to explore the many options. It also provides easy to use information on how to navigate the systems to become an educator. 

Ohio Leadership Advisory Council Resources

The Ohio Leadership Advisory Council has developed podcasts and other resources that can be used in licensure programs. From podcasts highlighting practices of current teachers and administrators, to online modules covering community and familiy engagement and cultural responsiveness, there are a variety of resources for almost any topic.