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Adding an Endorsement to an Existing License

In order to be recommended for an Endorsement, you must complete all courses with a 2.75 cumulative Grade Point Average and pass the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) with a score of 220 on each section. You can register for the OAE Exams.

  • 4th-5th Grade Early Childhood Endorsement: Exams 018/019
  • Reading Endorsement: Exams 038/039
  • Pre-K Special Needs Endorsement: Exam 013
  • Teacher Leader Endorsement: None

When you are ready to apply for your endorsement, please:

Sign up for a SAFE account. If you have questions, please call 614-466-3593. The SAFE sign-up procedure is automated and authenticates users by leveraging real-time Ohio driver license and Ohio identification data. Please use this link to initiate the identity authentication and sign-up process. You can pay all fees online and view your status, check the BCI/FBI tab to see if ODE has current reports, and much more. You can also download a copy of their license once ODE issues it and print it out. ODE no longer mails out paper copies of licenses.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Tyler Bump, Ohio University Licensure Manager at 740-593-4402. Processing time is usually one day. Once ODE/Educator Licensure receives your submission from OHIO, they have a turnaround time of about 2 weeks.

Please note: Candidates seeking licensure within eighteen (18) months of successfully completing an educator preparation program at Ohio University will be recommended for licensure if they apply within that timeframe to the Ohio Department of Education. If application for licensure is made after eighteen (18) months to the Ohio Department of Education, candidates will be required to meet with their program coordinator for consultation regarding any additional state and/or program requirements they need to complete. Following this consultation and the satisfaction of any additionally identified requirements, recommendation by Ohio University will be granted on a case-by-case basis. This applies to all candidates including past graduates who have not earned the license for which they were prepared.