Ohio - Professional Program Standards and Requirements: Educator Preparation Policy

Educator Preparation Policy
Policy Type: 

In order to be approved, teacher preparation programs must incorporate coursework and experiences aligned to the competencies outlined in the attached policy.


(C) A college or university shall seek Ohio board of regents approval to prepare individuals for teacher and other school personnel licensure in grades prekindergarten through twelve in a specific licensure area designated in an administrative rule adopted by the state board of education. A program leading to a specific type of teacher or other school personnel licensure issued by the state board of education shall incorporate coursework and experiences which are aligned with and include the following components:
(1) The Ohio standards for the teaching profession, the Ohio standards for principals, or the Ohio standards for superintendents adopted by the state board of education, as applicable (available on the educator standards board's website at http://esb.ode.state.oh.us);
(2) Coursework in the teaching of reading and phonics as required for certain teacher licenses in accordance with section 3319.24 of the Revised Code;
(3) Preparation in implementing evidence-based instructional strategies addressing individual learner differences and employing practices that address the diversity of students' cultures, language origins, and communities;
(4) Specialized national professional association standards or state standards as applicable;
(5) The Ohio academic content standards and curriculum models adopted by the state board of education for prekindergarten through twelfth grade education (available on the Ohio department of education's website at education.ohio.gov;
(6) Minimum standards for elementary and secondary schools prescribed by the state board of education and adopted in Chapter 3301-35 of the Administrative Code pursuant to division (D) of section 3301.07 of the Revised Code;
(7) The value-added progress dimension implemented by the Ohio department of education for elementary and secondary schools (available on the Ohio department of education's website at education.ohio.gov), and methods of interpreting such data; and
(8) A minimum of twelve weeks of full-time student teaching and a minimum of one-hundred clock hours of field experiences prior to student teaching for initial teacher licensure.

Adopting Authority: 
Chief State School Officer
Implementing Authority: 
State Department of Education
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