Ohio University

Alternative Licensure

Individuals seeking information about alternative pathways to licensure should refer to the Ohio Department of Education website. For alternative pathways, teacher preparation institutions do not submit programs for approval to the Ohio Department of Education. We cannot review transcripts and resumes to determine if sufficient course work and/or work experience is evidenced. Request for review of transcripts and résumés should be sent to:

The Ohio Department of Education
Office of Certification/Licensure
25 South Front Street
Mail Stop 105
Columbus , Ohio 43215-4183

Because the Ohio Department of Education does not approve programs in advance, we are somewhat hesitant to offer advice on which courses should be taken to meet requirements specified in the alternative pathways legislation. We do not have a recommendation for undergraduate courses that meet the requirements. To take these courses, you must apply and be accepted in a graduate program in The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education (either as a degree or non-degree student).

An individual who wishes to pursue coursework at Ohio University with alternative pathways to licensure in mind must meet the following requirements:

  • The individual must have completed an undergraduate degree
  • The individual must apply for and be admitted to an M.Ed. program in the Department of Teacher Education. Admission information is available from:

Ohio University's Graduate College
220 Research and Technology Center
Athens, OH 45701
Ph: 740.593.2800
Fax: 740.593.4625

  • The individual must have submitted appropriate transcripts and a résumé of work experience to the Ohio Department of Education
  • The individual must have passed the appropriate content exams
  • The individual must write a brief statement describing his/her career aspirations