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, 2019 requirements for classroom teachers to be properly certified or licensed.
The guidance document outlines the pathways teachers providing instruction in a core subject area can follow to meet the proper licensure requirements set forth by Senate Bill (SB) 216. ODE also made it easier for districts to verify teacher credential data. The guidance document includes instructions on how to access that information on ODE's website. Additionally, ODE has divided the state into different regions and assigned regional licensure specialists to contact for licensure questions instead of requiring everyone to contact ODE's main call center. ODE also plans to release another FAQ on SB 216 shortly.