3301-24-05 Licensure.

(A) A professional educator license, valid for five years, shall be issued to an individual who holds the appropriate resident educator license ; who is deemed to be of good moral character; and who has successfully completed an approved program of teacher preparation, the Ohio teacher residency program as described in section 3319.223 of the Revised Code, and an examination prescribed by the state board of education. Teacher licenses shall be issued in the areas described in paragraphs (A)(1) to (A)(7) of this rule:

(1) Early childhood license, valid for teaching children who are typically developing, at-risk, gifted, and who have mild/moderate educational needs. Licenses shall be issued for prekindergarten through grade three. A minimum of twelve cumulative semester hours in the teaching of reading as described in section 3319.24 of the Revised Code shall be required for the professional early childhood license.

(2) Middle childhood license, valid for teaching in grades four through nine in the curriculum areas named in such license. The middle childhood teacher preparation program shall include preparation in the humanities (including the arts) and areas of concentration in at least two of the following: reading and language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. A minimum of twelve cumulative semester hours in the teaching of reading as described in section 3319.24 of the Revised Code shall be required for the professional middle childhood license. A middle childhood license may be issued in one or more of the concentration areas listed in this paragraph to the holder of a standard teaching certificateteaching license, who has completed an approved middle childhood program, at an advanced level, consisting of professional education and appropriate content-area coursework, and an examination prescribed by the state board of education. A middle childhood license may also be issued in one or more of the concentration areas listed in this paragraph to an out-of-state applicant who has completed an approved program resulting in eligibility for the licensure area, and an examination prescribed by the state board of education.

(3) Adolescence to young adult license, valid for teaching in grades seven through twelve in the curriculum areas named in such license. Preparation in the teaching field shall constitute at least an academic major or its equivalent with sufficient advanced coursework in all areas to be taught as specified by the teacher preparation institution and approved by the Ohio department of education. A minimum of three semester hours in the teaching of reading in the content area shall be required for the professional adolescence to young adult license. Licenses shall be issued in the following teaching fields:

(a) Earth sciences

(b) Integrated language arts

(c) Integrated mathematics

(d) Integrated science

(e) Integrated social studies

(f) Life sciences

(g) Physical sciences (individuals may seek licensure in physical sciences:

chemistry; physical sciences: physics; or physical sciences: chemistry and physics)

(4) Multi-age license, valid for teaching in grades prekindergarten through twelve in the curriculum areas named in such license. Preparation in the teaching field shall constitute at least an academic major or its equivalent with sufficient advanced coursework in all areas to be taught as specified by the teacher preparation institution and approved by the Ohio department of education. A minimum of three semester hours in the teaching of reading in the content area shall be required for the professional multi-age license.

Licenses shall be issued in the following teaching fields:

(a) Computer information science

(b) Bilingual education

(c) Dance

(d) Drama/theater

(e) Foreign language

(f) Health

(g) Library/media

(h) Music

(i) Physical education

(j) Teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL)

(k) Visual arts

(5) Intervention specialist license, valid for teaching learners in the areas designated below. A minimum of twelve cumulative semester hours in the teaching of reading as described in section 3319.24 of the Revised Code shall be required for the professional intervention specialist license. Licenses shall be issued in the following areas:

(a) Gifted, valid for teaching learners ages five through twenty-one and kindergarten through grade twelve;

(b) Mild/moderate educational needs, valid for teaching learners ages five through twenty-one and kindergarten through grade twelve;

(c) Moderate/intensive educational needs, valid for teaching learners ages five through twenty-one and kindergarten through grade twelve;

(d) Visually impaired, valid for teaching learners ages three through twenty-one and prekindergarten through grade twelve;

(e) Hearing impaired, valid for teaching learners ages three through twenty-one and prekindergarten through grade twelve.

(6) Early childhood intervention specialist license, valid for teaching learners with mild/moderate/intensive educational needs from prekindergarten through grade three, and for providing service coordination. A minimum of twelve cumulative semester hours in the teaching of reading as described in section 3319.24 of the Revised Code shall be required for the professional early childhood intervention specialist license.

(7) The career-technical license, valid for teaching the subjects named in such license to learners ages eight and beyond and grades four and beyond.

(B) An endorsement of a teacher license, valid for teaching the subject or learners named, shall be issued to an individual who holds a baccalaureate degree, except that the teacher leader endorsement shall require a master's degree; who is deemed to be of good moral character; who has successfully completed an approved program of preparation; who has successfully completed an examination prescribed by the state board of education; and who has been recommended by the dean or head of teacher education at an approved institution. The endorsement may be added to any standard teaching certificate, or provisional or professional teaching license, unless limited by age, grade, or license type as noted in this paragraph:

(1) Adapted physical education (limited to a physical education certificate or license);

(2) Adult education - full-time adult programs;

(3) Bilingual education;

(4) Career-based intervention (CBI) shall require a baccalaureate degree, two years of successful teaching experience under a standard teaching certificate, or a provisional or professional teaching license, and evidence of the equivalent of one year of work experience outside of education. This endorsement is valid for teaching learners ages twelve through twenty-one, or grades seven through twelve. In addition to the dean or head of teacher education of the approved program, the employing superintendent may make the recommendation for this endorsement upon evidence of completion of an approved program of preparation for this endorsement;

(5) Computer/technology;

(6) Driver education (limited to an adolescence to young adult or multi-age teacher license, or high school or special teacher certificate);

(7) Early childhood generalist (grades four and five), valid for teaching all core academic content areas in grades four and five, may be added to an early childhood (P-three) teaching license upon evidence of completion of a minimum of nine additional semester hours of study aligned with the Ohio academic content standards (available on the department's website at education.ohio.gov) for grades four and five and including preparation in pedagogy and child/adolescent development appropriate for grades four and five, and upon successful completion of an examination prescribed by the state board of education;

(8) Gifted intervention specialist endorsement, valid for kindergarten through grade twelve;

(9) Literacy specialist (limited to a teaching license that is endorsed for the teaching of reading in grades kindergarten through twelve), valid for providing coaching and professional development in the teaching of reading for classroom teachers at all grade levels. Candidates must have at least three years of successful experience teaching reading under a standard teaching certificate or license;

(10) Mathematics specialist (limited to a kindergarten-primary, elementary, or early childhood license, or middle childhood, high school, or adolescence to young adult mathematics teaching license), valid for providing coaching and professional development in mathematics education for classroom teachers of mathematics in grades prekindergarten through six. Candidates must have at least three years of successful experience teaching mathematics under a standard teaching certificate or license of the types listed in this paragraph;

(11) Middle childhood generalist, valid for teaching all core academic content areas in grades four, five, and six, may be added to a middle childhood license with two concentration areas upon evidence of completion of an additional six semester hours of study in each of the content areas to be added, aligned with the state academic content standards; evidence of preparation in pedagogy in each of the additional content areas; and successful completion of the prescribed examination;

(12) Prekindergarten, valid for teaching learners ages three through five (limited to kindergarten-primary, elementary, family and consumer sciences [home economics], or special certificate for education of the handicapped);

(13) Prekindergarten special needs children (limited to a prekindergarten certificate, or special certificate for education of the handicapped, or early childhood or intervention specialist license);

(14) Reading;

(15) Science specialist (limited to a kindergarten-primary, elementary, or early childhood license, or middle childhood, high school, or adolescence to young adult science teaching license), valid for providing coaching and professional development in science education for classroom teachers of science in grades prekindergarten to nine. Candidates must have at least three years of successful experience teaching science under a standard teaching certificate or license of the types listed in this paragraph.

(16) Teaching English to speakers of other languages;

(17) Transition to work (limited to intervention specialist license or career-technical license); and

(18) Career-technical work-site teacher/coordinator (limited to professional career-technical license).

(19) Teacher leader (limited to a professional teaching license or professional or permanent teaching certificate), valid for mentoring and coaching teachers, providing staff development, and assisting the building principal in developing and supporting a shared vision and clear goals for the school. Candidates for the endorsement shall hold a master's degree and have at least four years of successful teaching experience. The program of preparation shall include a practicum experience during which the candidate shall be required to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions at the distinguished level that are described in the Ohio standards for the teaching profession (available on the educator standards board's website at http://esb.ode.state.oh.us).

(C) The professional pupil services license, valid for five years for working with learners at all levels, shall be issued to an individual deemed to be of good moral character who has successfully completed the requirements specified in paragraph (C)(1) or (C)(2) of this rule:

(1) An approved program of preparation; recommendation by the dean or head of teacher education; successful completion of an examination prescribed by the state board of education; and evidence of the education and experience requirements specified for whichever of the following licensure areas is applicable:

(a) School audiologist

(i) Master's degree;

(ii) The requirements specified in paragraph (C)(1) this rule; and

(iii) Current license to practice audiology issued by the Ohio board of speech-language pathology and audiology.

(b) School counselor

(i) The requirements specified in paragraph (C)(1) of this rule; and

(ii) Master's degree and successful completion of an internship consisting of six hundred contact hours in a school setting .

(c) School psychologist

(i) Master's degree, and

(ii) The requirements specified in paragraph (C)(1) of this rule; and

(iii) Successful completion of a nine month, full-time internship in an approved school setting as described in the Ohio internship in school psychology guidelines;

(d) School social worker

(i) Master's degree in social work, and

(ii) The requirements specified in paragraph (C)(1) of this rule; and

(iii) One year of successful experience in a chartered school or school district under a professional license; or one year of social work experience under a current license issued by the Ohio counselor and social worker board; or a graduate level social work practicum of at least ten weeks in a chartered school or school district; and

(iv) Current license to practice social work issued by the Ohio counselor and social worker board;

(e) School speech-language pathologist

(i) Master's degree, and

(ii) The requirements specified in paragraph (C)(1) of this rule; and

(iii) Current license to practice as a speech pathologist issued by the Ohio board of speech-language pathology and audiology;

(f) School nurse

(i) Baccalaureate degree, and

(ii) The requirements specified in paragraph (C)(1) of this rule; and

(iii) Current license to practice as a registered nurse issued by the Ohio board of nursing;

(iv) A school nurse wellness coordinator endorsement may be added to a professional pupil services school nurse license, or to a professional or permanent school nurse certificate, following completion of an approved program of preparation for the endorsement, and upon evidence of three years of successful experience as a licensed school nurse. The approved program of preparation for the endorsement shall include a practicum experience during which the candidate shall be required to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions for the school nurse wellness coordinator endorsement as recommended by the school health services advisory council's report (available on the department's website at education.ohio.gov). Beginning January 1, 2020, initial applicants for the school nurse wellness coordinator endorsement shall hold a master's degree.

(g) Orientation and mobility specialist

(2) A baccalaureate degree and who holds a current license issued by the Ohio occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic trainers board for the following:

(a) Occupational therapist, or

(b) Physical therapist.

(D) The professional administrator license shall be issued to an individual who holds a master's degree, who is deemed to be of good moral character, who has successfully completed an approved program of preparation for the licensure area sought, and who has been recommended by the dean or head of teacher education at an institution approved to prepare administrators, who has successfully completed an examination prescribed by the state board of education, and who has evidenced the requirements specified below. Administrator licenses shall be issued in the following areas:

(1) The professional principal license shall be issued in the areas described in paragraphs (D)(1)(a) to (D)(1)(d) of this rule to an individual who has completed the requirements specified in paragraph (D) of this rule and who has completed two years of successful teaching under one of the licenses specified in paragraphs (D)(1)(a) to (D)(1)(c) of this rule at the age/grade levels for which the principal license is sought:

(a) Ages three through twelve and prekindergarten through grade six for those with an early childhood, middle childhood, multi-age, or intervention specialist license;

(b) Ages eight through fourteen and grades four through nine for those with a middle childhood, multi-age, adolescence to young adult, intervention specialist license, or career-technical license; and

(c) Ages ten through twenty-one and grades five through twelve for those with a middle childhood, multi-age, intervention specialist, adolescence to young adult, or career-technical license.

(d) The urban principal endorsement may be added to any standard principal license or certificate following completion of an approved program of preparation for this endorsement. The endorsement shall be valid for the same ages and grade levels as the principal license or certificate that is held by the candidate obtaining the endorsement. The approved program of preparation for the endorsement shall include an extensive structured internship during which the candidate demonstrates effective urban leadership practices.

(2) The administrative specialist license shall be valid for working in a central office or supervisory capacity. The following requirements shall be met prior to issuance of the administrative specialist license:

(a) Two years of successful teaching experience under a professional teacher license; with the exception of the pupil services administration license, which shall require two years of experience under a professional pupil services license.

(b) Successful completion of an approved program of preparation for the license which shall include an area of concentration in one of the following:

(i) Educational research;

(ii) Educational staff personnel administration;

(iii) Curriculum, instruction, and professional development;

(iv) Pupil services administration;

(v) School-community relations; and

(vi) Career technical education administration.

(3) The superintendent license shall be issued to an individual who holds a principal or administrative specialist license and shall be valid for supervising programs for ages three through twenty-one and prekindergarten through grade twelve; or for administrative duties in a school system. The following requirements shall be met prior to issuance of the superintendent license:

(a) Three years of successful experience in a position requiring a principal or administrative specialist license; and

(b) Completion of an approved preparation program for superintendents.

(E) The associate license, valid for five years, shall be issued to an individual who holds an associate degree; who is deemed to be of good moral character; and who either:

(1) Has completed an approved program of preparation in the following areas:

(a) Prekindergarten associate;

(b) Educational paraprofessional (denoted as ESEA qualified);

(c) Interpreter for the hearing impaired; or,

(2) Holds a current license to practice issued by the Ohio occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic trainers board in the following areas:

(a) Occupational therapy assistant; or

(b) Physical therapy assistant.

(F) The professional school business manager or the professional school treasurer license, valid for five years, shall be issued to an individual who holds a baccalaureate degree, who is deemed to be of good moral character, who has completed an approved preparation program or the equivalent as determined by the Ohio department of education, and who has successfully completed an examination prescribed by the state board of education.

(G) The non-renewable three-year visiting international teacher license, valid for teaching the grade levels and curriculum areas named in such license.

(1) The license shall be issued upon the request of an employing Ohio school district to a qualified individual who meets the following conditions:

(a) Is deemed to be of good moral character;

(b) Is a citizen of another country who will be entering the United States specifically for the purpose of teaching in an Ohio school or school district that has agreed to employ the person as a teacher via an exchange program or other collaboration or recruitment effort;

(c) Holds the United States equivalent of at least a bachelor's degree and provides evidence of completion of a teacher preparation program;

(d) Provides evidence of completion of an academic major in the area to be taught, or, in the case of world languages, evidence of proficiency in the target language as determined by the employing Ohio school district or the Ohio department of education; and

(e) Demonstrates English language proficiency as determined by the employing Ohio school district or the Ohio department of education.

(2) The employing Ohio school district, with assistance from the Ohio department of education, shall plan for a mentoring program for visiting international teachers to provide ongoing support and assistance in areas such as school culture, curriculum, assessment, management, and resources.

(3) If a visiting international teacher wishes to continue teaching in the schools of Ohio beyond the three year validity period of the visiting international teacher license, the teacher will be required to obtain appropriate Ohio licensure.

(H) The one-year non-renewable out of state educator license, valid for teaching the grade levels and curriculum areas named in such license, shall be issued upon the request of an employing Ohio school district to a qualified individual who meets the following:

(1) Is deemed to be of good moral character;

(2) Is an out of state applicant and the holder of a valid out of state standard teaching license who has completed a baccalaureate degree, an approved teacher preparation program, and the examination prescribed by the state in which licensure is held, but who has not yet completed the examination prescribed by the state board of education for Ohio licensure.

(I) The one year or four year educational aide permit, valid for working with learners under the supervision of a fully licensed educator, shall be issued to an individual deemed to be of good moral character, who has a high school diploma or the equivalent, and who has been recommended by the employing school district, in accordance with Chapter 3301-25 of the Administrative Code. The term "ESEA qualified" shall be added to the educational aide permit for individuals who have successfully completed either the examination for paraprofessionals prescribed by the state board of education; or an associate degree (or higher) from an accredited institution of higher education; or at least two years of study at an accredited institution of higher education (defined as forty-eight semester hours or seventy-two quarter hours.)

(J) The one year or four year adult education permit, valid for teaching adults in an adult education program, shall be issued to an appropriately qualified individual deemed to be of good moral character, who has a high school diploma or the equivalent, and who has been recommended by the employing school district. An adult education program, includes, but is not limited to, the following examples: (1) a career-technical education program which provides training for out-of-school adults, frequently to improve occupational skills; and (2) a community-based education program for personal enrichment, such as photography.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 08/28/2013 and 08/28/2018
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3301.07 , 3319.22
Rule Amplifies: 3319.222 , 3319.223
Prior Effective Dates: 1/1/98, 1/1/03, 5/12/03, 2/24/06, 2/25/07, 1/18/08, 10/25/08, 10/23/09, 10/23/2010, 12/28/2012