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Licensure Programs

Several education careers require a license 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

The counselor education program provides two ways to become licensed in Ohio – as a school counselor or a clinical mental health counselor. School counseling students learn the American School Counselor Association National Model as they hone expertise in leadership, advocacy, counseling and student learning - not scheduling or test administration. Clinical mental health students have the same clinical scope as psychologists in Ohio, and are prepared to work in community agencies, hospitals and counseling centers. Students graduating from the counselor education program at Ohio State have a 100% pass rate the first time on the licensure exam for their specialty.

Learn more about counselor education.

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 license areas under the Career-Technical Workforce Development license.

Learn how to be a teacher in Workforce Development and 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.