Ohio Teacher Certification Application Information and Instructions - Direct and Approved Pathway
To be eligible for recommendation by a Certification Officer, students completing a bachelor’s degree, post baccalaureate certification, or a Master of Science in Special Education degree must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript. Students who are pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching degree must have marks of "passed” on their Degree Plan for all teacher preparation assessments to include any program required Praxis exams as well as all state required exams.
Step 1: Sign into your SAFE account, OR if you do not have one, create a SAFE account. Once you receive confirmation that it is set up, sign into your account. Click on ODE.CORE. Select the UPDATE button to enter or correct your contact information including email address on the My Information page. Use the drop-down menu at top right to return to the CORE dashboard. Select APPLY to enter My Applications. Find the license type that is correct for you. In most cases you will apply for a Four-year Resident Educator License. Click on Apply. After you submit your application, it will be reviewed. You will receive an email acknowledgment of your submission. While you are waiting for your application to be processed, you may login and click on the STATUS button on the CORE dashboard for information about your application. You also will receive an email when your application request processed.
Step 2: Request official transcripts from every college/university you attended. Two copies of your final WGU transcript will be sent to you along with your diploma upon graduation. If you would like to order additional transcripts - including electronic transcripts - click here. Do not request a transcript until you have received notice of graduation, so that your graduation date will appear on your transcript. The Ohio Department of Education allows submission of transcripts electronically within your SAFE application. You may upload your transcripts in PDF format to your SAFE application.
Step 3: If you have not already done an Ohio Civilian Background Check, then you need to do so. In-state residents can do so via the electronic WebCheck process.
Step 4: If you have not already reported your pedagogy exam scores to WGU, you will need to e-mail or fax a copy of those scores to the WGU Licensure Office so that your recommendation can be completed.
Step 5: Email email@example.com and request that the WGU Certification Officer verify your program completion.
Step 6: If you have been employed as a full-time teacher of record within the last seven years, then you need to request a Verification of Experience letter, on district letterhead, from all school districts at which you have been employed during that time period, stating your dates of employment and subjects taught. The letter must be signed by the head of personnel or the superintendent. Please note that applicants for a two-year provisional principal's license must verify that they have completed two years of successful teaching under a provisional or professional teacher license at the age levels for which they are seeking licensure as a school principal.
Step 7: Submit your SAFE application including payment:
Fee of $210 ($50 evaluation fee + $160 application fee)