Ohio State Requirements

Ohio Teacher Relicensure


Below is a summary of how Learners Edge may help with Ohio Teacher Relicensure. This summary should in no way release individuals from their responsibility of ensuring that the course they take meets their professional needs.  We hope it provides assistance in understanding how Learners Edge might help you in the salary advancement and relicensure process.

Renewing a Professional Educator License


6 semester hours or 180 continuing education contact hours. (5-year license)

For educators pursuing licensure for: Early Childhood, Middle Childhood or

Intervention Specialist


If you are renewing your license and did not complete 12 hours of reading in your undergraduate level courses, or are transferring from out of state:

Reading Coursework Requirements

Pursuant to Ohio law, educators requesting Early Childhood, Middle Childhood or Intervention Specialist licensure must have successfully completed at least 12 semester hours of coursework in the teaching of reading that includes at least one separate course of at least three semester hours in the teaching of phonics in the context of reading, writing and spelling.  The coursework must be completed at an accredited college or university. Many educators who completed their educator preparation program out of state will not have met this requirement, so a license may be issued to the educator with the limitation placed upon it to complete the reading coursework requirement prior to expiration. Educators must have completed at least six of the required 12 semester hours of coursework in the teaching of reading to be issued a standard teaching license in Ohio.


To gain the needed semester hours you may complete one or more of the following Learners Edge courses and register with our Ohio academic partner, Lourdes University:

Phonics – 5030: Focus on Phonics for Effective Reading, Writing and Spelling Instruction K-8 | 3 credits

Course Description: Go back to the basics with a fresh focus on phonics. Effective phonics instruction requires specific teaching and learning targets bolstered by understanding reading development and the instructional models used historically. Through a review of reading fundamentals and direct phonics instruction, teachers will learn proven strategies of practice and repetition to support readers struggling with letter and word decoding automaticity. By investigating formative assessments for phonemic awareness and phonics, teachers will activate reading, writing, and spelling tools and teaching strategies with an eye on student engagement for better overall reading comprehension and achievement.

Reading – 760: Building Comprehension in the Primary Grades | 3 credits

Course Description: Tap into a wealth of techniques to help your primary students better comprehend what they read. Real life examples and dozens of scenarios/examples demonstrate effective ways to: select the perfect books, model think alouds, assist students in making important connections, and empower your students to having meaningful conversation about the texts they are reading. Help your students become thoughtful and independent readers.

766: Reading for Understanding Grades 4-12 |3 credits

Course Description: This course will provide numerous techniques to assist the struggling adolescent with reading comprehension. The author addresses first-draft and second-draft text understandings; he also provides fix-it strategies and collaboration techniques. The participant will understand the use of metaphors to deepen comprehension and the importance of reflection and backwards planning. The author also gives guidance for effective lesson creation and provides guiding questions for the lesson planning.

5044: Successful Strategies in Literacy | 3 credits

Course Description: Empower your students to be independent learners as they navigate deliberate steps in literacy instruction at their own pace. The Daily Five will provide strong examples of structure that you can incorporate immediately as you build upon your students’ literacy skills. This course may challenge the way you view literacy instruction, and will invigorate your overall approach in the classroom. This course is not affiliated with or sponsored by Educational Design LLC d/b/a The 2 Sisters.

Reading in Content area – 880: Building Successful Readers in All Content Areas | 3 credits

Course Description: Tired of your students' eyes just glossing over the pages as they read? Time make the teaching of reading a practical, achievable goal in every subject. This course contains dozens of proven strategies that help students develop their vocabularies, comprehend informational and narrative texts, and engage in meaningful discussions of what they read. In addition to reading strategies, this course also explores critical elements of reading, strategic processing, and the creation of a classroom environment conducive to reading.

For more information visit the Ohio Department of Education Website

Message from Learners Edge:

Please note, Learners Edge courses are approved and offered for graduate credit by our regionally accredited and state approved college/university partners. Continuing education graduate credit is intended to fulfill requirements for license renewal/lane change when the student has obtained proper prior approval.