Applying for Licensure
1. Take the Educational Leadership Assessment
Toward the end of the candidate’s program, they are required to take the Ohio Educational Leadership Assessment* by the Ohio Assessments for Educators. All principal and administrative specialist candidates take the same assessment. Please allow 3-4 weeks for the scores to arrive at Kent.
*Please note: Beginning September 1, 2013, the Ohio Assessments for Educators will begin to replace the Praxis II series as the required Ohio educator licensure assessments.
The Educational Leadership Assessment is a computer-based assessment with 70 multiple-choice questions, 3 constructed-response assignments, and 1 case study written assignment. The Assessment is 225 minutes long and a passing score is 220.
Educational Leadership Assessment Preparation materials
Educational Leadership Assessment Registration
2. Background Check/Fingerprinting
In order to add the licensure, a background check is REQUIRED by the State of Ohio. White Hall is home to the IRC (room 221) which provides fingerprinting services. Associated costs are:
Please bring a check (made out to IRC@KSU), cash, or money order. They do not accept credit/debit cards!
The IRC Hours:
Academic Year (Fall & Spring Semesters) Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8am-8pm; Friday, 8am-5pm
Summer Hours: June 10- August 16, 8am-5pm
The IRC is closed during all KSU recognized holidays & semester breaks.
For more information visit: http://www.kent.edu/ehhs/centers/irc/fingerprinting.cfm
For information about fingerprinting from ODE visit: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Teaching/Educator-Licensure/Additional-Information/Background-Check-FAQs
3. Complete Licensure Packet
Complete the licensure packet obtained from Vacca Office of Student Services in 304 White Hall. The licensure packet has to be processed by this office or the license will not be approved.
*Note: Application is due within one year following program completion.
What to bring:
Completed licensure application packet
Check or money order (application fee for the State of Ohio) of $200
Copy of your scores
If you are a non-degree, licensure only student also bring:
Copy of your license prospectus (not a transcript) listing course requirements
Copy of the existing Ohio certificates that you hold
Teacher Leader Endorsement only: Provide proof of Master’s degree completion prior to the start of the required coursework for this endorsement. You must also include a letter from your school district verifying 4 years of employment.