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How to Apply for a Teaching License

How to…?

Renew a license?

Renewal is handled through the Ohio Department of Education. More information is found on the Ohio Department of Education's Renew a License web page.

Obtain Alternative Licensure?

Kent State University does not offer non-traditional pathways to gain licensure. Information is found on the Ohio Department of Education's Alternative License Options web page.

Obtain Career Technical Teacher Education (CTTE) Licensure?

For information on this license, contact Kent State University's Career Technical Teacher Education office.  In addition, the Ohio Department of Education Career Tech Teacher Preparation and Licenses web site has prepared a Guide for Licensing Candidates for Career-Technical and Adult Education in Ohio.

Apply for an initial license?

Has it been more than 12 months since program completion? If so, the applicant must complete the Applying for Licensure 12 Months or Later After Program Completion form and forward it to the program coordinator (undergraduate or graduate) prior to applying for licensure. Students must apply for licensure within 12 months of program completion to meet current licensure standards.  Once the necessary requirements specified on the form (if applicable) are complete, please proceed to the next paragraph.

Once all final grades are posted for the applicant's licensure program and all licensure exams are passed, the applicant is now ready to complete the online Pre-application for licensure on the Student Portal (https://stuportal.ehhs.kent.edu/) which, once complete, will link to the online licensure application on the Ohio Department of Education website. The Pre-application MUST be completed for processing and review of the licensure application. 

Please review this chart to figure out what license to apply for and the cost::

Program Completed

License

Cost

Early Childhood Associate (2-year Associate Degree program)

Five-Year Associate

$100

Educational Interpreting (Bachelors or Masters level)

School Counseling

Five-Year Professional

$200*

School Psychology

Speech Pathology/Audiology

Principal

Superintendent

All other initial licensure areas, including any undergraduate, post-undergraduate, and graduate level programs. Examples: Early Childhood Education at the undergraduate or graduate level, Master of Arts in Teaching, Special Education at undergraduate or graduate level, Library Media, etc. (this is not an inclusive list).

Four-Year Resident Educator

$160

*If current license was renewed with the same effective year, cost is $20

 Skip down to the section: What needs to be on file in 304 White Hall before applying for licensure?

Apply for a second license?

If the applicant is already licensed and applying for licensure in a different teaching area and/or grade level(s) from a current license (for example, current license is an Early Childhood license and want to add Intervention Specialist, or Integrated Language Arts and want to add Library/Media), please review this chart to figure out the license and cost:

Current License

License

Cost

2-Year Provisional

4-Year Resident Educator

$160*

4-Year Resident Educator

5-Year Associate

5-Year Professional

5-Year Professional

$200*

*If current license was renewed with the same effective year, cost is $20

 Skip down to the section: What needs to be on file in 304 White Hall before applying for licensure?

 Add an Endorsement or Teaching Field to an existing license?

If coursework is completed to add an Endorsement to an existing license (examples: Reading K-12, Transition to Work, 4th/5th Endorsement, Middle Childhood Generalist, Teacher Leader, etc.) or a teaching field within the same licensure area and grade levels as a current license (examples: already hold a Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist License and want to add Moderate/Intensive, or want to add a third and/or fourth concentration area to a Middle Childhood License), then choose Adding a New Area to an Existing License on the licensure application and the cost is $20 (effective year matches current license).

Please see the next section: What needs to be on file in 304 White Hall before applying for licensure?

What needs to be on file in 304 White Hall before applying for licensure?

  • Pre-application for licensure on the Student Portal (https://stuportal.ehhs.kent.edu/) which, once complete, will link to the online licensure application on the Ohio Department of Education's website.
  • Passing test scores (Praxis II, OAE, ACTFL) required for licensure.
  • Copy of prospectus or plan of study (not a transcript) listing licensure course requirements for graduate and non-degree students.
  • Principal applicants must provide a letter from your school district verifying a minimum 2 years of employment and indicating the specific grade levels in which you have taught.
  • Teacher Leader Endorsement applicants must provide proof of Master's degree completion if degree was completed at another university.
  • Teacher Leader Endorsement and Superintendent applicants must provide a letter from your school district verifying 4 years of employment.

NOTE: If any of the above is incomplete or missing, the licensure application will be denied.

How to get the above documentation to 304 White Hall:

  • Fax to 330-672-3549
  • Drop off in person to 304 White Hall during the hours of 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday
  • U.S. Mail:            Vacca Office of Student Services

150 Terrace Drive

304 White Hall

Kent State University

Kent, OH 44242

 

If you any have questions, please call the Vacca Office of Student Services at 330-672-2862.

When to apply for a license?

ODE and the Vacca Office of Student Services always recommends that students apply for licensure immediately following graduation regardless of whether they have secured a job in Ohio.  Students who fail to apply for licensure within 12 months of program completion will have their coursework reviewed and may be subject to additional requirements.

Letters of Completion    

A Letter of Completion is a special service offered to students and will be available three weeks after being cleared for graduation or processing of a licensure application. The letter provides verification that licensure requirements have been successsfully completed and that a licensure application is currently under review at the Ohio Department of Education.  In order to be eligible to receive a letter of completion ALL of the following criteria must be met:

If you are interested in receiving a letter of completion at the above stated time, please submit the request on the Pre-application for licensure on the Student Portal (https://stuportal.ehhs.kent.edu/).

If you have any questions regarding this process, please feel free to contact the Office at (330) 672-2862.


ODE YouTube Tutorial

The Ohio Department of Education has a YouTube video which walks through the process of applying for a license on their website.  Click here to get to this tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thDHt0VbZIg.

 

Fingerprinting Information

FIRST OHIO LICENSE

When an individual submits an application for their very first license, certificate or permit issued by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), a BCI and FBI background check report, completed within 365 days of the date the application is received, must be on file at ODE.

RENEWALS AND ADDITIONAL LICENSES, CERTIFICATES OR PERMITS

  • If you have lived continuously in Ohio for the past 5 years, an FBI background check is required if the report on file with ODE is more than 5 years old at the date the application is received. A BCI background check is required if you do not have one on file with ODE.

  • If you have NOT lived continuously in Ohio for the past 5 years, both the BCI and FBI background checks are required if the reports on file with ODE are more than five years old on the date the application is received.

Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) Electronic Fingerprinting
(for the State of Ohio)

  • This can be done in the Technology Learning Center (TLC) in room 221 White Hall during operating hours.  For current hours, contact the TLC at 330-672-2353.
  • The cost is $25.00 and can be paid with cash, check, or money order made payable to: IRC @ KSU.
  • You must bring current, state issued identification (driver's license or ID card).

The results will be mailed to the address you give at the time of fingerprinting. This is your only official copy of your results.  The TLC and the Office of Student Services do not have

access to your results.  You can obtain additional official copies for a fee from BCI (740-845-2375).

BCI electronic fingerprinting can also be done at any WebCheck location in Ohio.  For a location near you, go here

FBI Electronic Fingerprinting (Federal)

  • This can be done in the Technology Learning Center (TLC) in room 221 White Hall during operating hours.  For current hours, call 330-672-2353.
  • The cost is $30.00 and can be paid with cash, check, or money order made payable to: IRC @ KSU.
  • You must bring current, state issued identification (driver's license or i.d. card).

The Ohio Department of Education does not accept BCI or FBI paper and ink fingerprints.  All BCI and FBI fingerprint information must be submitted electronically.

How Criminal Conviction/Conduct Affects Licensure

ODE Office of Professional Conduct - Statutes and Rules

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Four-year Resident Educator License

Any initial teaching license issued with a July 1, 2011 effective date will be a four-year resident educator license. Provisional teaching licenses may be used to work as a substitute teacher or tutor if the license holder has not obtained a regular teaching position in their licensure area.

Any teacher who has been issued a two year provisional teaching license with an effective date of July 1, 2010 or earlier, whose first year of employment in their licensure area is 2011-2012 or later, will need to apply for a four-year resident educator license in order to complete the four year Ohio Resident Educator Program.