Office of Licensure

The Office of Licensure is a component of the Office of Student Services in the College of Education. Its mission is to ensure that individuals seeking careers in education are properly certified/licensed with adherence to the current guidelines of the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).  To that end, we:

  • validate completion of program and degree requirements.
  • validate successful completion of Ohio's required licensure tests.
  • verify completion of University of Akron programs for those seeking licensure/certification in states outside Ohio. 

Girl in pink shirt with thumb up How to Apply for Licensure

The College of Education offers programs for individuals to become licensed educators in Ohio's elementary or secondary schools, or to add new areas of licensure to existing licenses by successfully completing state approved programs and passing Ohio’s required tests.  Upon the completion of all requirements, individuals must apply for the license and be recommended by the dean, head of the teacher preparation program, or designated official to the Ohio Department of Education, Office of Educator Licensure.


Congratulations to those completing the program requirements for the Initial 4-Year Resident Educator License!

The links below provide instructions and explain procedures to apply for the license.

School Speech-Language Pathologists License

Congratulations to those completing the program requirements for the School Speech-Language Pathologist License!

The link below provides instructions and explain procedures to apply for the license.

School Counseling

Congratulations to those completing the program requirements for the School Counselor License!

The link below provides instructions and explain procedures to apply for the license.

Congratulations to those completing the program requirements for the Initial Principal License!

The link below provides instructions and explain procedures to apply for the license.

If you wish to add an endorsement or add a new field to your current license, follow the instructions in the link below.