Ohio Department of Education (ODE)

Ohio Department of Education
25 S. Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215-4183
877.644.-6338
TTY 888.886.0181

Visit ODE's website: www.ode.state.oh.us for more information

Transition from Certification To Licensure

Key Dates

September 2, 
 
2002

Last Date 4-Year provisional certificates will be issued or renewed

September 1,
 
2003


Last date permanent certificates will be issued

September 2,
 2006

Last date 8-year professional certificates will be renewed

If you hold a Provisional Certificate prior to September 1, 1998, you can... Renew Once after September 1, 1998 under the current standards, until September 2, 2002... Then change to the 5-year license when that certificate expires Continue on a 5-year renewal cycle for the rest of your career
Upgrade to a professional 8-year certificate under the current standards until September 2, 2002... Then change to the 5-year license when that certificate expires Continue on a 5-year renewal cycle for the rest of your career
If you hold a Professional Certificate, prior to September 1, 1998, you can... Renew once after September 1, 1998 under the current standards, until September 2, 2006... Then change to the 5-year license when that certificate expires.*

* For example, if an 8-year professional certificate is renewed in 2006, it will be valid until 2014, and then would be converted to a 5--year professional license

Continue on a 5-year renewal cycle for the rest of your career
Upgrade to a permanent certificate under the current standards until September 1, 2003... Then work under the permanent certificate for the rest of your career.
If you hold a Permanent Certificate, you can... Continue Working under the permanent certificate the rest of your career
Note:  The Master's Degree requirement DOES NOT APPLY to anyone who holds certification prior to September 2, 2002.  Persons certificated under prior standards maintain their subject areas and grade levels under the five-year professional license.