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Licensure

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor's of Science in Middle Childhood Education degree the applicant is prepared to complete licensure exams.  Once all applicable licensure exams are passed the application is ready to apply for a State of Ohio teaching license.  Changes are occurring at the Ohio Department of Education regarding the relevant licensure requirements beginning in January 2014.  Please review the relevant licensure section based on when you will be qualified to apply for a license. 

State of Ohio

Initial teaching licenses in the State of Ohio after July 1, 2011 will be a four-year resident educator license.  Applicants who receive a four-year resident educator license will be required to complete The Ohio Resident Educator Program in order to qualify for a five-year professional educator license.  The Ohio Resident Educator Program is a four-year program focused on support and mentoring for new teachers. 

Requirements of The Ohio Resident Educator Program

Benefits of The Ohio Resident Educator Program

Licensure through December 2013

All students must complete the requisite application forms and be recommended by Kent State University in order to receive a teacher license.  Too apply for licensure students must complete and submit the following documents:

Licensure Application - Will be online, more information to follow

Application Fee (Check or Money Order) made payable to Treasurer, State of Ohio         

Praxis II exam scores

Background check

If you have lived continuously in Ohio for the past 5 years, a BCI background check must be on file at the ODE.  An FBI background check is also required if the report on file is more than 5 years old at the date the application is received. 
If you have NOT lived continuously in Ohio for the past 5 years, both the BCI and the FBI background checks are required.

BCI electronic fingerprinting can be done in the Technology Learning Center (TLC) in room 221 White Hall at the Kent Campus or at any WebCheck location in Ohio.  FBI electronic fingerprinting can be done at the TLC and at many WebCheck locations.

Criminal convictions can impact eligibility for teacher licensure and employment.  Reviewthe ODE's Office of Professional Conduct general questions to learn how convictionscan affect licensure.  Please contact the ODE Office of Professional Conduct for moreinformation (1-877-644-6338, educator.conduct@education.ohio.gov).

Licensure starting January 2014

All students must complete the requisite application forms and be recommended by Kent State University in order to receive a teacher license.  Too apply for licensure students must complete and submit the following documents:

Licensure Application (Available at www.ode.state.oh.us)

Application Fee (Check or Money Order) made payable to Treasurer, State of Ohio         

Initial 4-year resident educator license - $160

Adding a teaching field or endorsement to an existing license - $20

Praxis II exam scores

Background check

If you have lived continuously in Ohio for the past 5 years, a BCI background check must be on file at the ODE.  An FBI background check is also required if the report on file is more than 5 years old at the date the application is received. 
If you have NOT lived continuously in Ohio for the past 5 years, both the BCI and the FBI background checks are required.

BCI electronic fingerprinting can be done in the Technology Learning Center (TLC) in room 221 White Hall at the Kent Campus or at any WebCheck location in Ohio.  FBI electronic fingerprinting can be done at the TLC and at many WebCheck locations.

Criminal convictions can impact eligibility for teacher licensure and employment.  Reviewthe ODE's Office of Professional Conduct general questions to learn how convictionscan affect licensure.  Please contact the ODE Office of Professional Conduct for moreinformation (1-877-644-6338, educator.conduct@education.ohio.gov). 

Out of State

The ODE always recommends students apply for licensure in the State of Ohio immediately following graduation and completion of required licensure exams.  This is because State licensure or program area requirements change and students who do not hold an active license may be held to the new standards.  In addition, some states offer reciprocity to individuals who hold an out-of-state teacher license.  Thus, holding a State of Ohio teacher license may be beneficial when applying to education positions in other states.  Students should review other state teacher licensure policies and procedures to become aware of licensure requirements. 

State Education Agencies/State Departments of Education  

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