Posted by Van D. Keating on 2/20/2019

On February 15, Ohio school districts received a guidance document from the Ohio Department of Education’s (ODE) Office of Educator Licensure designed to help schools and teachers meet the new July 1

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 11/2/2017

As the Legal Ledger reported back in August, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has been working on amendments to its rule on required licenses for substitutes.  The amendment process is now complete and the…

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 8/25/2017

ODE proposes amendments to rules on licenses for substitutes and alternative resident educators

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) recently filed a set of rule amendments related to temporary licenses. In part, the changes proposed by ODE are based on legislative amendments and on feedback from school districts.  Among the key rule amendments are:

Posted by Megan E. Greulich on 4/28/2017

Teacher licensure is a topic that often causes confusion. As a result, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has made an effort to create and share resources to help address that confusion. Just this week, Early Learning hosted a webinar providing guidance on Ohio’s Licensure for Teachers.

Portions of the webinar focus on Early Learning, but it also serves as a good resource for all administrators and educators as it includes a discussion of the following topics: 1…

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Posted by Jennifer Hardin on 11/4/2016

This week's blog post focuses on three tidbits of educational news involving Ohio’s truancy laws, the new reading tests required for some teaching licenses, and a policy brief on the educational use of technology for young children. 

Senate education committee to focus on truancy

Hannah News has reported that Sen. Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering), Chair of the Senate Education Committee, announced that the committee’s focus during the lame duck session will be pending legislation to revise the state’s truancy laws.  She plans to hold multiple hearings on…

Posted by Shadya Yazback on 7/2/2015

Employees and volunteers that direct, supervise, or coach a student activity program that involves athletics, routine or regular physical activity, or activities with health and safety considerations must obtain a pupil activity permit.  The Ohio Department of Education issued a recent reminder to begin the process for the application of pupil activity permits for coaches. The application process is completed online through ODE’s website…

Posted by Shadya Yazback on 5/22/2015

Last month, the State Board of Education considered the first application for a pupil activity permit from a felony ex-offender holding a Certificate of Qualification for Employment (CQE). Created by Senate Bill 337 in 2012, the CQE process allows persons who have a previous felony or misdemeanor conviction to apply to the court in their county of residence to lift collateral sanctions that prohibit an individual from being considered for employment in certain fields, including education.  As of May 20, 2015, just over 300 CQEs have been issued in Ohio. 

An individual who has served…

Posted by Candice Christon on 3/11/2013

Effective April 26, 2013, any individual applying for a first-time pupil-activity program permit or permit renewal is required to complete certain training programs related to concussions and head injuries in order to coach interscholastic activities.

Individuals applying for a first-time permit must successfully complete a training program that focuses on brain trauma and brain injury management (RC 3319.303). In addition, individuals applying for a permit renewal must have successfully completed a training program that recognizes the symptoms of concussions and head injuries or a…

Posted by Sara Clark on 9/17/2012

As of September 10, 2012, applicants for licensure or public employment no longer are required to complete Declaration of Material Assistance/Non-assistance (DMA) forms. These forms were required to be completed by certain applicants to certify that they had not provided "material assistance" to a terrorist organization. HB 487, which became effective on September 10, 2012, repealed statutory provisions requiring the completion of these forms. As a result, districts no longer should require applicants to complete these forms and should remove them from hiring packets, online forms, and any…

Posted by OSBA Legal Ledger on 2/1/2010

On January 1, 2010, changes became effective regarding background check requirements for licensed educators in Ohio. For initial applicants for a license, the requirements are the same: initial applicants for a license must complete both an Ohio criminal background check (BCII) and an FBI criminal background check. These checks need to be less than 365 days old to be considered valid for licensing purposes.

However, HB 1 modified the requirements for educators who need to renew a…