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Directions for ODE Online License Applications

ODE Online License Applications

ODE provides step-by-step credential application guides, listed on the right, for assistance in submitting your online license application with them, whether you need a NEW or a RENEW Substitute Teacher License. NOTE: When applying with ODE, please enter Butler County ESC as the Superintendent's Signature. Districts no longer approve substitute licenses. If you hold a current teaching license you do not need a substitute license!
  • As of October 30, 2014, ODE is no longer mailing licenses! Once ODE has issued your license, you can log on to your ODE Safe Account, under Credentials, print off a PDF copy of your license. Make sure to send a copy of your current license over to Julie Blackburn (WCESC) so your information can be updated in Absence Management!
  • As of February 27, 2015, ODE requires that you attach your official transcripts when you are applying online for your ODE license.
  • As of January 3, 2017, ODE will limit “hold” times for applications to 60 days. Each applicant who fails to submit required missing items, such as transcripts, documents, payment or background checks, within 60 days will receive a message stating the Department is automatically declining his or her application. The Department charges a nonrefundable $25 processing fee to applicants for each application that it declines.
  • Also, if you have a current teaching license and are also considered HQT (Highly Qualified Teacher), please submit the proper forms, along with supporting documentation, with your teaching license! The link to the ODE HQT Toolkit is listed on the right. 


August 18, 2015 Testimony
Cari Wynne, Supervisor
Butler County Educational Service Center Success Program


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