Important E-Signer Reminders & Updates
The Ohio Department of Education has a licensure specialist in the Office of Educator Licensure who can assist you with your responsibilities as an e-signer. This provides you with a direct means of discussing answers to your questions. Your contact is:
SHANNON KVORJAK 614-914-2361 Shannon.Kvorjak@education.ohio.gov Regions 10 & 13
PLEASE NOTE that teachers and other licensed personnel who have questions about licensure should continue to use the Department’s toll-free number and licensure email inbox: (877) 644-6338 Educator.firstname.lastname@example.org The Department will continue to make every effort to respond to your inquiries, as well as those of educators in your district, as soon as possible.
Educators whose licenses were previously set to expire July 1, 2020, still must renew for the 2020-2021 school year in accordance with their license renewal cycles. These educators must complete their legally required professional development and renew their currently expiring licenses before July 1, 2021, or an additional three semester hours of professional education coursework will be required for renewal of their expired licenses. The additional coursework requirement is not applicable to individuals renewing their pupil services licenses with verification of their active Ohio board licenses nor those renewing their substitute teaching licenses or educational aide, pupil activity or adult education permits.
Educators whose licenses are currently expiring July 1, 2021 (not previously set to expire July 1, 2020) must complete their required professional development and renew their currently expiring professional or associate licenses before Sept. 1, 2021, or an additional three semester hours of professional education coursework will be required for renewal of their expired licenses. The additional coursework requirement is not applicable to individuals renewing their pupil services licenses with verification of their active Ohio board licenses.
PUPIL SERVICES REGISTRATION The new Pupil Services Registration is now available for candidates who hold the requisite professional Ohio board license and have been employed to provided services to students in the following areas:
Occupational therapist / occupational therapy assistant
Physical therapist / physical therapy assistant
Nurse (bachelor’s degree in nursing required)
Please note that this does not replace any of the previously available pupil services licensure options and only represents a new option. This registration will be valid for five years and require a current criminal background check, active Ohio board license and a $150 fee. These same requirements will apply for renewal of the registration.
EDUCATIONAL AIDE PERMITS A new Educational Aide Permit Checklist is available for schools, districts and educational service centers to use in guiding applicants through the process of obtaining educational aide and student monitor permits. Please see the Department’s Educational Aide Permit webpage to download and print copies of the checklist.
SUBSTITUTE TEACHING LICENSES Please note that the Temporary Substitute license granted under HB 409 is for the 2020-21 school year only. These nonrenewable licenses will expire July 1, 2021. Following the 2020-2021 school year, educators will be held to the same substitute teaching licensure requirements that existed prior to HB 409.
The new Substitute License Checklist is available for schools, districts and educational service centers to use in guiding applicants through the substitute licensure process. Please see the Department’s Substitute License webpage to download and print copies of the checklist.
APPLICATION PROCESSING TIME During the peak licensure application season (May - Sept.) the Office of Educator Licensure receives a high volume of applications and calls. Please be aware that the application processing time during this season is generally 10-12 business days. If an application must go through the Office of Professional Conduct for further review (such as a record review), there will be an additional processing time.
BACKGROUND CHECK INFORMATION The Department has a Background Check FAQs webpage available to provide information to applicants and districts regarding some of the most common background check questions.
PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT The Office of Professional Conduct has some excellent material to help current employees and new hires. #ABConduct is a series of tip sheets that help educators navigate the gray areas of professional conduct. Tip sheets cover numerous topics relevant to new hires including Rapback and Applications and Remote Instruction.