On 10/22/09, Scott wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> I have some questions about Ohio licensure, continuing
> education, and masterís degrees in education. I apologize
> in advance for the lengthy post and amount of information.
> I graduated in June of 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in
> Education degree (Early Childhood Education). I passed my
> Praxis II in November of 2003 and my two-year provisional
> License was issued on March 31, 2004. My license was valid
> from July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2006.
> After completing my degree and receiving my licensure, I
> moved out of the country. I have lived in Seoul, South
> Korea for the past five years. During this time I taught
> two years of kindergarten and three years of first grade. I
> worked for two different accredited English speaking schools
> that required their teachers to have degrees in education
> and licensure just as they would in America. I taught a
> mixture of American and Canadian content standards.
> I am now planning to return to America in March of 2010
> (possibly 2011) and continue teaching in Ohio. Regrettably,
> I have let my two-year provisional license expire. From
> what I have read, I have up to five years from the
> expiration date to renew this. This would include taking
> six credit hours of coursework relevant to my degree, paying
> a processing fee, and filling out renewal paperwork.
> Here are some questions I have about my situation:
> 1.) How do I know which continuing education classes would
> be acceptable to fill these requirements for my degree? Can
> they be any education related class?
> 2.) After graduating in 2003, I took a few classes for my
> masterís in ECE. However, I have not pursued my masterís
> any further. Do classes taken for a masterís degree
> (perhaps in fields unrelated to ECE, such as ESL) count
> towards these six credit hours of continuing education?
> 3.) Do the classes have to be completed before I apply for
> a licensure renewal? Or could I apply first and then take
> the classes?
> 4.) Can I still substitute teach with an expired licensure?
> 5.) Will the five years I taught in South Korea be
> recognized as steps on the teaching pay scale in Ohio (or
> perhaps other places in the U.S.)?
> 6.) I am keen to begin my masterís again, but this time
> possibly in another concentration other than ECE. Is it
> possible to continue to teach in the PreK-3rd grade area,
> receive my masterís in another education specialty, and
> still be recognized as being on the masterís degree pay
> Again, I'm sorry for the amount of questions. I would
> greatly appreciate any insight anyone may be able to give
> me. Thank you!
I work with teachers everyday on getting there licenses re-
newed so I hope this helps a little. I would also suggest
calling the DOE to get a little more information.
You must complete your 6 semester credits before you re-apply.
You can still teach as a sub before you get your license back
because you hold a bachelors degree.
You can take any courses that relates to your degree only if
they are upper level or graduate courses.
Feel free to email me with any other questions.
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