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 online system. 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.
Notify Otterbein's Department of Education 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 review Otterbein's Applying for Ohio Teaching Licensure Guidelines (PDF). Contact Lindsay Kerka for more information.
Any person seeking licensure and most endorsements in the State of Ohio must pass the required exams. Test preparation materials are available online.
As the time comes to register for the exams, 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 a license during the summer should complete the testing series during the spring of that same year to allow ample processing time for the score reports.
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.
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 Department of Education at Otterbein directly from the testing service.
Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators, ETS
Some candidates may be required to take the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests in Math and/or Writing for pre-admission. These tests are administered by ETS and scores are sent directly to the Department of Education at Otterbein. Registration information can be found here.
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL)
Modern Language candidates are required to complete the ACTFL OPI and WPT instead of the OAE content test. Information about ACTFL assessment can be found here. Candidates are responsible for bringing their score reports to the Education Department.
Fingerprinting and Background Check
The Ohio Department of Education (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 on the Attorney General Office's website.