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Important Information for All Licensure Candidates

Posted Nov. 22, 2013

Effective January 1, 2014, the Ohio Department of Education will no longer be accepting paper licensure applications.  At that time, all licensure applicants must first complete our KSU Pre-application, which will be available through the student portal, and then will be directed to the ODE Licensure Application.


Which application should I submit? Paper or Online?

·        Paper Applications:

o   Only students who completed a licensure program at Kent State University in Fall 2013 or earlier should complete a paper licensure application.

o   For our office to process your paper licensure application, we must receive all licensure documents by Friday December 13th. 

o   This includes:

§  Completed licensure application, including signatures on BOTH pages

§  Cover Sheet

§  Check or money order made out to Treasurer, State of Ohio for the correct amount

§  Licensure test results

§  Plan of Study (if required for your program)

§  Additional documentation as indicated on the Cover Sheet

o   All grades MUST be submitted by your professors on time (deadline to submit grades is Tuesday December 17th at midnight).

·        Online Application:

o   Any applications received by the Vacca Office of Student Services after Friday, December 13th must be submitted online.

o   If your licensure application will be incomplete in any way as of December 13th, 2013, you must use the online licensure application.

o   If you have not yet taken your required licensure test and will not receive your scores by Friday December 13th you must use the online licensure application.

o   If you receive any IN or IP grades in any of your Fall 13 classes, you must use the online licensure application.


How do I apply for licensure:

·        The paper application is available online at  or in 304 White Hall.

·        To complete the online licensure application, you will need to first complete the KSU pre-application here:,  which will direct you to the ODE online licensure application.  This will be available December 16th, 2013.

·        Please note that online licensure applications will be reviewed after all paper applications have been processed.


Please note that the university and our office is closed from Tuesday, December 24th- Wednesday January 1st.   Our office and the university will reopen on Thursday January 2nd.