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Ohio Department of Education's Alternate Paths to Licensure

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) offers various alternative paths to teacher licensure. All requests for information, requirements, evaluation of transcripts, determination of courses needed, application for an Alternate licensure and/or for the Provisional license, are provided through communication with the Ohio Department of Education.

For further information, please refer to their website at: Ohio Department of Education Web Site


Contact them at:
Office of Educator Licensure
(614) 466-3593

Once ODE has determined the number of semester or quarter hours that are needed to apply for any of the alternate paths to teacher licensure or to convert to a Provisional license, you may register for those classes at any Institution of Higher Education in the State of Ohio. The Ohio Department of Education determines the courses that will be accepted toward Alternate licenses and/or the Provisional license.

Below is described a special program to assist Dayton Charter Schools to provide highly qualified teachers for the children who attend their schools. Please read over the information and if you are interested in seeing if you qualify, please contact Dr. Colleen Finegan or Shirley Morand, whose email addresses are at the bottom of this page.


Transition to Teaching

Where QUALITY Programs Meet Nationality!


Project KNOTtT is a federally funded Transition to Teaching (TtT) partnership designed to support recruitment, selection, training, coaching, and mentoring to retain teachers in high need, hard to staff school districts. As a national initiative, Project KNOTtT addresses the teacher shortages in the subject areas of math, science, English/language arts, foreign languages, English as a second language, and special education (K-12).  This five year project serves 545 new teachers pursuing nontraditional routes to certification in four states:  Kansas, Nevada, Ohio, and Texas.  Led by The Ohio State University, these four states will collaborate with national partners to knot together three strategic strands of support for alternative certification programs:

  • Strand 1:  Online Learning Community
  • Strand 2:  eCoaching and Program Mentoring
  • Strand 3:  Quality Indicators
National partners include the National Association for Alternative Certification, Association of Teacher Educators, Youth Policy Institute, and The Thomas B. Fordham Institute.


Through the synergy of connecting programs, participants, and partners to three strategic strands, Project KNOTtT’s goal is to produce quality in nontraditional education programs.  The first strategic strand is building an online learning community to host a variety of online resources and e-tutorials to help teachers pass their state mandated subject matter tests.  The second strategic strand focuses on e-content coaching and program mentoring.  The third strategic strand connects national resources to identify effective characteristics of nontraditional teacher preparation programs through quality indicators.


The Ohio State University (OSU):

KNOTtT Online Learning Community and Strand Management

Wichita State University & IHE partners - Fort Hays State University, Midwest Associated College Consortium, and Pittsburg State University
High need district partners - Wichita, Topeka, & Kansas City Public Schools
Nevada: University of Nevada, Las Vegas with Clark County School District

Ohio University with Barnesville Exempted Village, Bellaire Local, Federal Hocking Local, Gallia County Local, Gallipolis City, Martins Ferry City, Meigs Local, Rock Hill Local, Western Local, Vinton County Local School Districts

Wright State University with Trotwood Madison, Dayton Community Schools, and The Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Texas: Dallas Independent School District (ISD)

National Association for Alternative Certification (NAAC):
National taskforce leading the development of quality indicators for nontraditional teacher preparation programs.

Association of Teacher Educators (ATE):
Program mentoring and professional development of nontraditional teacher preparation programs.

Youth Policy Institute (YPI):  Third party evaluator and member of the Quality Indicators Taskforce.

Project KNOTtT = Kansas, Nevada, Ohio, Texas

Dr. Michelle K. Reed
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Department of Mathematics and Statistics and Teacher Education
Address: Math/Microbiology Bldg 210, Main Campus.
Phone: 937-775-2785
Email: michelle.reed@wright.edu

Wright State University
College of Education and Human Services
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton, Ohio - 45435

KNOTtT Online Learning Community: