OH Teacher Certification Application Information and Instructions - Direct and Approved Pathway

Note: 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. You MUST update your information under "My Profile" before starting or submitting an application. To update your information, click "My Profile" in the red ribbon at the top right of the screen on the CORE dashboard.


Step 2: To begin an application for a new credential, click "Apply for a NEW Credential" in the "My Credentials" section. 


Step 3: Select "I want to become an an Ohio..."


Step 4: Select "Teachers."

Step 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: Email licensure@wgu.edu and request that the WGU Certification Officer verify your program completion.


Step 9: If you have been employed  full-time in an Ohio school district 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 10: Submit your SAFE application including payment fee.



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