To apply for a teaching license in the state of Ohio you must have
- Completed all coursework in a state approved licensure program
- Earned a bachelor’s degree, or higher
- Passed the state required license tests
- Electronically submitted background check reports to ODE (within one year of your ODE Ohio Teaching License application date).
Ohio teaching licenses are administered through the Ohio Department of Education. All license applications must be submitted via their on-line system beginning January 1, 2014. Once your application is submitted, including your online payment, Otterbein will be notified to electronically certify your application. Documentation of requirements 1, 2, and 3 must be on file in Otterbein’s education office before your application can be certified.
Notifying Otterbein of your Intent to Apply
Please review your progress towards completion of your licensure program with your academic advisor on a regular basis. During the semester in which you will be taking your final courses, please complete Otterbein’s Teaching Licensure processing form. This form is available in the Education Department Office (Roush 430).
Application for Graduation
One of the Ohio Department of Education requirements for receiving a teaching license is to have completed a bachelor's degree program. If you will graduate at or near the time you complete licensure requirements you MUST also complete the Otterbein University degree completion application. You may submit it online or
Download a PDF. As a part of this process your course work will be reviewed to make sure you have met University requirements for graduation.
Any person seeking licensure in the State of Ohio must pass the required licensure exams. Below is a link to the tests required for the licensure programs offered by Otterbein University. Look for your licensure type first then find the corresponding test name and code as well as the testing organization. Registration information is on page two of the linked document. Test preparation materials are available online.
As the time comes to register, please consider the following recommendations:
- Complete methods (EDUC 3200, 3420, 3700 or equivalent in the academic department) before taking the Assessment of Professional Knowledge test.
- Those applying for licensure during the summer should complete the testing series during the spring of that same year to allow ample score report processing time.
When completing the test registration form, remember to record Otterbein University as both the institution you attend and an agency to receive your test scores. Your score report will only be available online for a limited period of time so remember to print and/or save a copy. Your teaching license will not be processed until Otterbein receives your score report(s).
Test information documents are available below.
Test Company Information
Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE)
The OAE tests for professional knowledge and subject assessment are provided by the Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson. Online registration for these computer-delivered tests is available 24 hours per day, seven days a week. The option is available to register up to 24 hours before testing. Access www.oh.nesinc.com for information. Test scores should come to the Education Department directly from the testing service.
Praxis, Educational Testing Service (ETS)
A few licensure programs will retain Praxis for subject assessment licensure testing. Information about testing options (online and in person), prices, registration, etc. are available at www.ets.org/praxis. Test codes beginning with the digit 5 are available at a Prometic computer testing center while test codes beginning with the digit 0 are available for in person testing. Test scores should come to the Education Department directly from the testing service.
ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language)
Foreign Language candidates are required to complete the ACTFL OPE and WPT instead of the Praxis II content test. ACTFL-LTI guidelines and preparation materials can be found at www.languagetesting.com. Candidates are responsible for bringing their score reports to the Education Department.
Fingerprinting and Background Check
ODE will only accept FBI and BCI reports electronically submitted by the WebCheck agency at the time you are fingerprinted. These reports must have been issued within one year of the date in which your licensure application is submitted to ODE. Please keep this requirement in mind as you complete your student teaching and/or final field experiences in your licensure program. Information on background check reports can be found here.
Fingerprinting and Background Checks are required for all field experiences. On-campus services will be available each term, or students may contact any WebCheck location or police department.
Almost all fingerprinting and background checks in Ohio must be done through a WebCheck location. Information about area WebCheck locations can be obtained from the website for the Ohio Attorney General. Most locations require you call in advance for an appointment. FBI and BCI&I background checks are both required for licensure. Ask at the WebCheck location to see if they can do both kinds of checks for you.