The ordered school-building closure and other measures taken in response to the coronavirus health crisis affect the educator licensure process for both current and prospective educators. Impacts include the closure of many background check locations and licensure examination testing sites and challenges to completing professional development requirements. Background checks, professional development and testing are typical requirements for both current educators and prospective educator candidates to receive or renew educator licenses.
The ongoing coronavirus health crisis has not disrupted the ability of the Ohio Department of Education to receive and process applications and renewals for licensure. The Office of Educator Licensure currently is processing applications within five business days and is ready to assist educators, schools and districts with their licensure-related inquiries and needs.