Teacher Professional Development in Ohio

Ohio Department of Education web site on professional development

Local Professional Development Committees (LPDC)

In 1996, Ohio's General Assembly authorized the establishment of Local Professional Development Committees (LPDCs) and mandated that such be established in every school district and chartered nonpublic school by September 1998 (Ohio Revised Code 3319.22). The purpose of the committees is to review the coursework and other professional development activities proposed and completed by educators within the district to determine if the requirements for renewal of certificates or licenses have been met.

High-Quality Professional Development (HQPD)

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) requires that all elementary and secondary teachers in public school districts participate in High-Quality Professional Development (HQPD) each school year.

Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession

Ohio has developed standards for teachers, including Standard 7: Professional Responsibility and Growth. It states: "Teachers assume responsibility for professional growth, performance and involvement as an individual and as a member of a learning community."

Ohio Standards for Professional Development

Ohio also has adopted six standards for teacher professional development.

Advancing from a Two-Year Provisional License to a Five-Year Professional License

To advance from a two-year provisional license to a five-year professional teaching license :
1. Pass the Praxis III assessment
2. Successfully complete an Entry Year program

Renewing a Currently Valid Five-Year Professional or Associate License

First Renewal

If Currently Employed in an Ohio School/District
For individuals currently employed in a school, school district, or an agency or institution registered with the Ohio Department of Education that has established a Local Professional Development Committee (LPDC): 

Each educator is responsible for the design of an Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) based on the needs of the educator, the students, the school and the school district, subject to approval of the LPDC. In accordance with the approved plan, the educator must complete six semester hours of coursework related to classroom teaching and/or the area of licensure; or 18 continuing education units (CEUs) (180 contact hours) or other equivalent activities related to classroom teaching ad/or the area of licensure as approved by the LPDC of the employing school, district or agency since the issuance of the license to be renewed.  Coursework, CEUs or other equivalent activities may be combined.

If Not Currently Employed in an Ohio School/District 
For individuals not currently employed in a school, district or agency with a Local Professional Development Committee: Completion of six semester hours, or nine quarter hours, of coursework relevant to classroom teaching and/or an area of licensure since the issuance of the licensed to be renewed.

Second Renewal

Completion of a master's degree, or 30 semester hours of graduate credit, in classroom teaching and/or the area of licensure, with a minimum of six semester hours, 18 CEUs or equivalent activities completed during the second renewal cycle.

NOTE: The requirement of a master's degree or 30 semester hours shall pertain to any individual who is admitted to a licensure program at an approved college or university after July 1, 1998, and to any individual who is admitted to a licensure program prior to January 1, 1998, and who completes said program after July 1, 2002.

For additional details about renewal of Ohio teaching licenses, see the Ohio Department of Education web site .

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