Offering Programs Leading to Ohio Educator Licensure

The Ohio Department of Higher Education's Office of Educator Preparation Program Development and Review 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.

Proposing New Educator Preparation Licensure Programs

All new education licensure programs must be approved by the Chancellor before enrolling students. Programs must be reviewed at least every seven years in sync with an institution’s national accreditation cycle. The table below describes the categories of proposal and review, in addition to the process, requirements, time and fees required. Fees apply only to non-public or out-of-state institutions.

Category Description Process & Requirements Timing Fee
New Ohio Licensure Preparation Program: State Program Review Proposal for any program not currently holding Chancellor approval
  1. Initial Inquiry Online Submission
  2. Online Information and materials submission guided by OBR Mentor
During Spring or Fall Submission Window prior to enrolling any candidates in program $1,000
Continuing  Ohio Licensure Preparation Program: State Program Review Proposal for continuing Chancellor approval
  1. Initial Inquiry Online Submission
  2. Online Information and materials submission guided by OBR Mentor
During Spring or Fall Submission Window prior to expiration of current Chancellor approval $1,000
New or Continuing Ohio Endorsement Preparation Program: State Program Review Proposal for any new or continuing program leading to Ohio educator endorsement
  1. Initial Inquiry Online Submission
  2. Online Information and materials submission guided by OBR Mentor
During Spring or Fall Submission Window prior to expiration of current Chancellor approval or prior to enrolling any candidates in a new program $500
Continuing Ohio Licensure or Endorsement Preparation Program Holding Full SPA Recognition: Limited State Review Proposal for continuing Chancellor approval; available only to programs holding  SPA-recognition without conditions
  1. Initial Inquiry Online Submission
  2. Guided by OBR Mentor, Online Information and materials submission documenting compliance with all Ohio requirements, e.g. dyslexia, value-added, Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession, Ohio Learning Standards.
During Spring or Fall Submission Window prior to expiration of current Chancellor approval $200
Continuing Ohio Licensure or Endorsement Program: Off-Cycle Document Review Any report requiring review outside proposal process Arrange materials with OBR on as-needed basis As-needed $500
Educator Preparation Provider for Ohio Licenses or Endorsements: On-Site Accreditation Visit Fee for OBR representation during on-site accreditation visit Written communication to OBR as notificaton of scheduling site visit Six months prior to on-site visit $500 per person per day
         

Program Proposal Submission Process

The Ohio Board of Regents (OBR) has developed an online submission system for program review and approval for all new and continuing educator preparation programs leading to an Ohio educator license or endorsement. Using the online submission process, institutions answer questions, provide information, and upload files, e.g. curriculum vitae, syllabi, programs/courses of study.

To begin the process, institutions submit an Initial Inquiry, which asks a brief set of questions designed to help OBR assign an institutional mentor that will guide the institution through the program submission process. 

Once an Initial Inquiry has been submitted, OBR will confirm receipt of the submission and assign an institutional mentor within seven business days of receipt of the Initial Inquiry. The institutional mentor will contact the institution's primary contact within 14 business days of the Initial Inquiry submission to discuss the forms, process, and fees (if applicable) necessary to complete the review.

Continuing Program Review

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

  1. Limited State Review [available only to programs holding full Specialized Professional Association (SPA) recognition]: This option requires submission of evidence to the Ohio Board of Regents 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 by midpoint of unit's national accreditation cycle
  2. Option Not Yet Available: Chancellor Review of Evidence Provided Via CAEP Program Review with Feedback Process as part of Unit Accreditation Review - To be completed by midpoint of unit's national accreditation cycle
  3. State Program Review - To be completed by midpoint of unit's national accreditation cycle
 
Guidelines and procedures for approval of new programs and changes to existing programs are described in the Ohio Board of Regents’ Guidelines and Procedures for Academic Program Review.  That document is posted at this link.

Please direct questions about the Ohio educator preparation program proposal process to: educator_prep @regents.state.oh.us.