Requirements to be Eligible for an Ohio Teaching License

  1. Successful completion of the OWU teacher education program
  2. Passing applicable state mandated licensure examinations: edTPA and OAE (OPI, ACFL, WPT)
  3. Successful completion of a background check by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation

Candidates who complete the above requirements may be issued a 4-year Resident Educator license from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). To be eligible for a 5-year Professional Educator license, the teacher needs to hold an existing license and complete an induction program in an Ohio School District.

Candidates desiring a teaching license from another state should contact the appropriate State Department of Education. Additional information is available from the Ohio Department of Education’s Web site.

License Application Procedures

During the student teaching semester, candidates will be given application information for teacher licensure. It is the candidate’s responsibility to create an online account with the State of Ohio in order to submit required materials and the licensure fee.  Candidates are encouraged to check the status of their application through the online system.  While the application is being processed, candidates can request a letter verifying they have completed all licensure requirements from the Education Department secretary.

Background Checks

The State Department of Education requires an Ohio (BCI) and a federal (FBI) background check (within one year of report results) for issuance of the teaching license. When getting a background check, candidates must specify that an electronic copy of the report be sent directly to the Ohio Department of Education.  This procedure is explained before or during the student teaching semester. It is the candidate’s responsibility to complete the process in a timely fashion so as not to delay the issuance of the teaching license. Background reports are valid for one year.

It is important that you be completely honest in disclosing any previous transgressions. If you are caught lying, you will not be granted a license.  The State has developed an appeal procedure for individuals with record of prior convictions. Contact the Education Department licensure officer for information.