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Licensure Programs

Several education careers require a licens in Ohio to practice as a profession. Our highly ranked programs prepare you with the knowledge needed to obtain Ohio licensure and be a successful school principal, superintendent, counselor or other education professional.

If you have attended The Ohio State University as a graduate student in the past, your application process may be different. Review our application support to help through the process. If you have any questions along the way, please contact our team at or 614-688-4007.

Administration: Principal and Superintendent

Accelerated one-year licensure programs prepare you to become an educational leader of a school or school district. The principal's program can be completed as an accelerated licensure-only program or combined with curriculum that achieves licensure and a Master of Arts in Educational Studies, Educational Administration. The superintendents program trains high-impact education professionals to become school district executive leaders.

Counselor Education

In Ohio, school counselors are required to attain a master's degree in School Counseling and pass the state licensing exam. In this nationally ranked program, we teach our professional school counseling students about the American School Counselor Association National Model and the Education Trust's Transforming School Counseling Initiative. The emphasis of the program is on leadership, advocacy, counseling and learning - not scheduling or test administration. Our focus is on removing the barriers to learning, closing the achievement gap and urban schools.

Learn how to become a school counselor.

School Psychology

With two degree options, the Education Specialist (EdS) and the PhD, students are trained to become practicing psychologists with the ability to deliver comprehensive services, primarily in school settings. Students also learn to emphasize the use of research findings in clinical decisions to be able to assess and target interventions and evaluate their effectiveness. At the successful completion of the program, students are eligible to apply for the Ohio Department of Education School Psychology License. With a PhD, students are prepared to become leaders in the field by building on practitioner skills while emphasizing research that aims to advance the practice of school psychology.

Learn more about school psychology.

Special Education

For more than 50 years, Ohio State has prepared teachers and leaders in special education. The program offers three undergraduate specializations, four master's specializations, a doctoral specialization, three licensure-only programs and one endorsement program. Our licensure programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Council for Exceptional Children, and our graduate programs in applied behavior analysis are accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).

Find out how to become a special education teacher.

Workforce Development and Education: Business Education, Career and Technical Education, Family and Consumer Sciences Education

The Ohio State University has prepared career-technical (vocational) education teachers since 1917. Workforce Development and Education currently prepares educators in three licensure areas: Integrated Business Education, Family and Consumer Sciences Education and the Alternative Resident Educator for Career-Technical Education. Undergraduate and master's degree options are available.

Career and Technical Education
Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Integrated Business Education

Other Licensure Programs

Education and Human Ecology offers additional ways to become a licensed educator or add credentials to an existing license. Whatever your professional aspirations, Ohio State can help get you there.