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Endorsement Checklist: How to obtain your endorsement

Teaching and Learning endorsement offerings include:

Prior to application, please determine your eligibility by clicking on the links above and reviewing the any specific listed requirements. You must possess a valid Ohio Resident Educator License to pursue an endorsement. Individuals who possess substitute or alternative licenses are not able to obtain endorsements per the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). If applicable, further eligibility requirements may be listed on the curriculum sheets for each endorsement.

Exceptions: Current OSU students officially admitted to the Bachelor or Master of Education in Middle Childhood program may pursue the Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement concurrently.  However, recommendation to the state of Ohio for endorsement will not occur until the ODE has awarded the initial license. It is recommended that you consult your advisor to plan accordingly.

Step 1: Indicate your intent to pursue a Teaching and Learning Endorsement

  • Complete the Online TK20 Form during the first 15 days of each month.
    • Go to the form and login
      • To create an account:
        • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Admissions”
  • Once logged in click on the “Create New Application” green button
  • From the drop-down menu, select the “OSU Endorsement “of your choice and click on the “Next” button. Note: Disregard the terms listed, as it does not correlate with when you will begin the coursework.
  • Complete the form with your information. Students pursuing the Reading and Middle Childhood Generalist endorsement programs should upload ALL non-OSU transcripts from any previous institutions for evaluation.
  • Click the “Submit Application Now” green button
  • Once you have submitted your form, the Teaching and Learning Office of Academic Services will contact you with your program sheet. Students intending to complete the Reading or Middle Childhood Generalist endorsements will be provided a program sheet that documents any previous coursework that fulfills preservice (Reading) or content (Middle Childhood) requirements. Please allow to the end of the month to receive your program sheet.

Step 2: Activate as an Ohio State University Student (can be completed concurrently with step 1). You can enroll as a(n):

  1. Current student: Speak with your Advisor concerning registration for endorsement coursework.
  2. Undergraduate Non-Degree student: some endorsement courses (including, Middle Childhood Generalist, and the preservice coursework for the Reading Endorsement), can be completed at the undergraduate-level. Undergraduate courses are subject to undergraduate tuition and fees. To determine whether you can or should be enrolling as undergraduate student, please refer to your curriculum sheet and/or speak with your Human Resources representative at your school.
  3. Graduate Non-Degree student: most endorsement students will register for courses as Graduate Non-Degree students due to the requirements of the endorsement or to accumulate graduate-level credit hours for promotion. TESOL, P-6 Math, and the category 2-5 Reading Endorsement courses, must be completed at the graduate-level.

Step 3: Register for coursework

  • All students should refer to their program sheet for required courses. If you have any questions concerning required coursework, please contact us at
  • Refer to the schedule of classes for course offerings, which is posted one term in advance.
  • Please keep in mind all important registration deadlines per the Office of the Registrar.
    • Registration:
      • Current Undergraduate students: register via Buckeyelink. Please contact your Academic Advisor for assistance.
      • Undergraduate Non-Degree students: refer to this list for registration instructions. Please contact your Extended Education Advisor if you need any assistance.
      •  Graduate Non-Degree students: refer to this list for registration instructions. Please contact Teaching and Learning Academic Services for assistance.

Step 4: Successfully complete your non-coursework endorsement requirements

Per the Ohio Department of Education, teachers pursuing endorsement must complete the following requirements outside of the OSU classroom. Please note that ODE can periodically adjust requirements to ensure educators are equipped with current skills and resources. Since many endorsement students work towards their requirements over time, we recommend that you check back to this site to view current licensure requirements as you progress with your coursework.

Opioid Module Requirement

Students applying for endorsement after July 1, 2019 are required to complete the module “Educators and the Opioid Crisis” (full version). Complete this module. Students are required to send their completion certificate to prior to applying for endorsement (step 5 below).

1. Contact Hours

Students beginning an endorsement program AU17 or after are required to acquire a minimum of fifty (50) clock hours of field experiences for each additional licensure area beyond the candidate's initial license. Students pursing the , Middle Childhood Generalist, TESOL, or the Bilingual endorsement(s) are required to document their experiences using this form. Prior to applying for your endorsement (step 5), please send the completed form to Please note: Students pursuing the Reading Endorsement will obtain their 50 contact hours during course requirements. These students are not required to document this experience via provided form.

2. Ohio Assessment for Educators

Middle Childhood Generalist
(grades 4-6)*

Option 1 -Elementary Education (Subtests I & II)
Option 2 (choose the test for each content area added to the MC license)

Middle Grades English Language Arts
Middle Grades Science
Middle Grades Mathematics
Middle Grades Social Studies

Select one option:

Option 1 - 018 and 019
Option 2 - 028, 029, 030 and/or 031

(grades K-12)*

Reading (Subtests I & II)


Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
(TESOL, K-12)**

English to Speakers of Other Languages


Bilingual (PK–12)

Does not require a state assessment.
See the Bilingual (PK–12) Program Sheet for details.


* Those who completed the appropriate PRAXIS II for these Endorsements by September 2013 are not required to complete the OAE.
** Those who completed the appropriate PRAXIS II by January 2013 are not required to complete the OAE.

Step 5: Apply for your endorsement to be added to your teaching license

  • Log into your SAFE account
  • Select the “My Credentials” tab
  • Select the license you wish to add the new credential to (your existing teaching license).
  • A dropdown menu will appear next to the license asking if you would like to renew the license or add an area.
  • Select “add area” and then select the type of Endorsement you have completed.
    • You are not required to upload transcripts if you have completed all of the endorsement coursework at OSU. If you have any questions regarding the application, please email

The process for recommendation can take 2-4 weeks, depending on the time of the year.

Questions? Contact Teaching and Learning’s Academic Services at:
P: 614-292-2332

Ohio State academic programs are designed to prepare students for licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure and certification at