If you are earning a State of Ohio Teaching License, you must apply for it after you have completed all program and portfolio requirements, undergone a criminal background check, and passed the required state licensure examinations. All candidates must apply for a teaching license within two years after the completion of a licensure/endorsement program. Click here to access the policy on time limits for application of educator licensure/endorsement.
All requests for a new credential must be completed on-line through the Ohio Department of Educations (ODE) website. Information regarding the on-line application process can be found at http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Teaching/Educator-Licensure. Apply online at https://safe.ode.state.oh.us/portal.
After visiting this website if you still have questions regarding the on-line application process, please contact:
CSU Education Student Service Center at 216-687-4625.
Licensure Exam Information
Need help navigating the licensure application process?
Click on the Licensure Info Handout to get all of your questions answered.
Ohio Assessment for Educators
Visit the Ohio Assessment for Educators website for registration, test dates, study guides, and test materials.
Click here for the Ohio Licensure Test Requirements
Educators who will seek an Early Childhood (grades preK-3), Middle Childhood (grades 4-9), Intervention Specialist (Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Intensive) or Early Childhood Intervention Specialist educator license that will be issued on or after July 1, 2017, must pass the reading test titled Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) 090, Foundations of Reading. Click here for more information.
Foreign/World Language Teacher Candidates
Candidates planning to teach foreign languages must take special tests of oral and written ability in the target language. See the link below for information about required examinations for foreign languages.